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Season 2 Materials

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Activity Guide
Activity Planning Grid

Each episode of Strange Days on Planet Earth can be combined with any or all of the related activities from this Activity Guide to create units on the four specific topics addressed by the series: invasive species, climate change, loss of predators and toxic waterways.

This Activity Planning Grid offers alternative ways to navigate the material. Specific acts can be combined with selected educational activities to explore additional themes that cut across the four episodes.

PATH ONE

Focuses on systems and emphasizes how changes in one component can be felt throughout the system.

Episode Acts

  • Invaders
    • Act III: “Impact Health”
  • The One Degree Factor
    • Act I: “ Hot Times in the Far North”
    • Act IV: “A Tale of Connections”
    • Act V: “ Hurrell and the NAO”
  • Predators
    • Act II: “Wolves & Aspen of Yellowstone”
  • Troubled Waters
    • Act V: “Coastal Systems and the Oceans”

Activities

  • Drawing Conclusions
  • Aquatic Connections
  • Wonderful Watersheds

PATH TWO

Focuses on the processes of science and the use of technology to advance science.

Episode Acts

  • Invaders
    • Act II: “Impact: Property”
    • Act IV: “Impact: Soil”
  • The One Degree Factor
    • Act V: “Hurrell and the NAO”
  • Predators
    • Act I: “Predator Loss at Lake Guri”
  • Troubled Waters
    • Act I: “Hayes and the Frogs”
    • Act IV: “Meagher, Mercury and Phytoremediation”

Activities

  • Decisions, Decisions
  • Car Quest
  • Sources of Carbon Dioxide
  • The F-Files
  • Stream Monitoring

PATH THREE

Focuses on careers in science and the variety of people who become scientists.

Episode Acts

  • Invaders
    • Act I: “They’re Here” (Jim Carlton)
    • Act III: “Impact Health” (James Ogwang)
  • The One Degree Factor
    • Act III: “Temperature Limits” (Jonathon Stillman)
    • Act IV: “ A Tale of Connections” (Ginger Garrison and Michele Montiel)
  • Predators
    • Act II: “Wolves and Aspen in Yellowstone” (Bill Ripple/Eric Larsen, Doug Smith)
    • Act IV: “Restoration in St. Lucia” (Satie Airame)
  • Troubled Waters
    • Act I: “Hayes and the Frogs” (Tyrone Hayes and students)
    • Act V: “Coastal Systems and the Oceans” (Katharina Fabricius, Tierney Thys

Activities

  • Decisions Decisions
  • The F-Files
  • Speak Your Mind

PATH FOUR

Focuses on oceans.

Episode Acts

  • Invaders
    • Act V: “The Biosphere”
  • The One Degree Factor
    • Act II: “Regime Change in the Pacific”
    • Act III: “ Temperature Limits
    • Act IV: “A Tale of Connections”
    • Act V: “ Hurrell and the NAO”
  • Predators
    • Act III: “Clues in Jamaica”
    • Act IV: “ Restoration in St. Lucia”
  • Troubled Waters
    • Act II: “ Toxic Belugas”
    • Act V: “Coastal Systems and the Oceans”

Activities

  • Fishing for the Future
  • Sharks in Decline
  • Wonderful Watershed

PATH FIVE

Focuses on human activities that can induce hazards and accelerate many natural changes.

Episode Acts

  • Invaders
    • Act I: “They’re Here”
  • The One Degree Factor
    • Act I: “Hot Times in the Far North”
  • Predators
    • Act I: “Predator Loss at Lake Guri”
  • Troubled Waters
    • Act II: “Toxic Belugas”
    • Act III: “Swan and the Sperm”

Activities

  • America’s Most Wanted
  • Sources of Carbon Dioxide
  • The Carbon Dioxide Game
  • Car Quest
  • Fishing for the Future
  • Wonderful Watershed
  • Grab a Gram
  • Stream Monitoring

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