These lessons are designed for earth science and biology students in middle and high school classrooms, though extension suggestions for older and younger students will allow you to adapt each lesson for younger and older audiences. The lessons are designed to complement the Living Edens: Kamchatka program; each lesson will indicate clips from the program that focus on the topic at hand, though the lessons function equally well as stand-alone content.
Kamchatka: Gushing With Geysers!
In Kamchatka's canyons and valleys, two hundred geysers--along with numerous hot springs and spouters--truly identify this area as being a hotbed of perpetual and strong volcanic activity. In this lesson, your students will create a model geyser and learn about what makes geysers work.
Kamchatka: Land of Abundant Salmon ... Filets
In Kamchatka, the annual sockeye salmon spawning season is an essential element of the region's ecosystem. Learn about fish anatomy, and how human activity is affecting salmon populations in different parts of the world.
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Mark Moss has a Master of Science in Environmental Studies and works as an environmental education consultant in Southern California developing environmental education programs, curriculum, and supplemental materials for children and adults. Career highlights for Mark have included managing a team of 15 artists to design and construct state-of-the-art exhibits for a regional water education center, developing an environmental careers internship program that pairs disadvantaged high school students with adult mentors currently working in the environmental field, and writing a water resources guide for middle school students and teachers. Recently, Mark contributed to the development of an air pollution education curriculum that will soon be available to middle schools. Mark lives with his wife, a kindergarten teacher, and son, soon to be three years old. Mark enjoys kayaking, the beach and seeing the world through his son's eyes.