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THE ONE DEGREE FACTOR
- America's Most Wanted
Track down information on one of several “most wanted” alien species and find out how it is causing problems in the United States.
- Drawing Conclusions
Create a comic strip that depicts an alien species arriving in a new habitat. Then draw a conclusion (literally!) of what impacts this alien might have had.
- Decisions! Decisions!
Play the part of community decision-makers trying to take action on alien species.
- Sources of Carbon Dioxide
The common sources of carbon dioxide that contribute to the greenhouse effect are brought home to your students through this popular activity in which they compare the carbon dioxide content in their breath and in car exhaust.
- The Carbon Dioxide Game
A fun, active, outdoor game for helping students visualize how human activities amplify the natural greenhouse effect.
- Car Quest
Assess the environmental impacts of a fleet of cars and then research and prepare a report about greener transportation choices.
- Speak Your Mind
Students play roles in a simulated public hearing about wolf relocation.
- Aquatic Connections
In this series of interrelated activities, students participate in simulations that demonstrate three ecological concepts: carrying capacity, food webs, and the role of top predators.
- Fishing for the Future
Through a fishing simulation, students model several consecutive seasons of a commercial fishery and explore how technology, population growth, and sustainable practices impact fish catch and fisheries management.
- Sharks in Decline
Students carry out group simulations of common fishing methods and assess why these methods and sharks’ reproductive biology are together contributing to a rapid decline in shark populations.
- Wonderful Watershed
Transform a tarp into a model watershed to explore how different pollutants affect water quality.
- Grab a Gram
Students use familiar materials to gain an introduction to basic water quality measurement like parts per million (ppm) and milligrams per liter (mg/L). Students compare these measurements to national drinking water standards to determine toxicity levels of a contaminant.
- The F-Files
Explore the connection between toxic chemicals and living things as you read a comic strip about an investigation of frogs in Minnesota.
- Stream Monitoring
Take action! Take advantage of any of a number of stream monitoring networks to conduct hands-on study of a local stream or river.
- NATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION STANDARDS (PDF)
- ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
- BECOME A SCIENTIST
We reviewed many curriculum sources in search of effective, engaging educational activities that would enhance the Strange Days on Planet Earth series. The activities we selected come from the outstanding guides listed below. All contain additional worthwhile learning opportunities related to the Strange Days topics and other environmental themes.
Special note should be made of the contributions from the World Wildlife Fund’s Windows on the Wild, (WOW). WOW’s goal is to teach people of all ages about biodiversity issues and stimulate critical thinking, discussion, and informed decision making on behalf of the environment. World Wildlife Fund generously permitted us to use six of their exceptional activities in this guide.
Windows on the Wild:
- Biodiversity Basics — An Educator’s Guide to Exploring the Web of Life
- Wildlife for Sale — An Educator’s Guide to Exploring Wildlife Trade
- Oceans of Life — An Educator’s Guide to Exploring Marine Biodiversity
- Smart Consumers — An Educator’s Guide to Exploring Consumer Issues and the Environment
World Wildlife Fund
Materials can be ordered from Acorn Naturalists
Facing the Future Curriculum Guide:
- Classroom Activities For Teaching About Global Issues and Solutions
Facing the Future
Curriculum guide may be downloaded free of charge.
GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science):
- GEMS — Global Warming & the Greenhouse Effect
Materials can be ordered online.
Green Teacher Magazine:
Subscriptions are available for $26/year for four issues.
Healthy Water, Healthy People:
- Healthy Water, Healthy People Water Quality Educators Guide
Montana State University
More information can be found online.
National Wildlife Federation:
More information can be found online.
Copyrighted activities adapted for this guide remain the sole property of the contributing organization.