1. About All You Can Eat: Mushroom Mania

Source: Scientific American Frontiers

Explore facts about mushrooms and their taxonomic designations. Create spore prints to identify mushroom species.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Science & Tech

Topics: Botany. Classification.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

2. About All You Can Eat: Superfoods

Source: Scientific American Frontiers

Explore the advent of corn as a nutritional staple in the human diet. Observe popping corn and measure differences in the mass of the corn before and after heating, and make pH indicators using fruit, flowers or vegetables.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Science & Tech

Topics: Nutrition. Botany. Chemistry.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

3. Buffalo Biodiversity: Is it Important?

Source: The Buffalo War

Explore the concept of biodiversity, and identify variations among students in the class and among a peanuts in a bowl. List buffalo characteristics that may vary within the species, and examine the value of biodiversity of species.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Science & Tech

Topics: Botany. Genetics.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

4. Chasing El Niño

Source: NOVA

Understand how people have observed the natural world and looked for patterns to explain and predict weather. Design an experiment to evaluate the accuracy of weather folklore and discuss why some folklore sayings seem more accurate than others.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Reading & Language Arts, Science & Tech

Topics: Critical Thinking Skills. Botany. Meteorology. Oceanography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

5. Chico Mendes of Brazil

Source: Journey Into Amazonia

Identify rubber as a Brazilian rainforest product and explain how it is harvested. Describe the life and work of Chico Mendes and explain why his actions are important to preservation of parts of the Brazilian Amazon.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Science & Tech, Social Studies

Topics: Botany. Ecology. Civics: Current Events/Issues. Sociology.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

6. Co-evolution of Plants and Pollinators

Source: American Field Guide

Investigate flower morphology and the mutual benefits of pollination for flowers and pollinators, learn about the process of co-evolution and predict specific matches between pollinators and flowers.

Grade Level: 9-12

Subjects: Science & Tech

Topics: Botany. Evolution.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

7. Destination Galapagos Islands: Backyard Science

Source: Scientific American Frontiers

Explore the interdependecies and transfer of energy that exist in ecosystems. Explain the concepts of various vocabulary words related to ecosystems, and then diagram a local food web.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Science & Tech

Topics: Botany. Ecology.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

8. Flowers and Plants

Source: American Field Guide

Examine basic Mendellian heredity in the light of flowering plants, and learn how seed savers work to save diversity. Compare scenarios in which genetically diverse fields and fields planted with GMOs undergo various natural challenges.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Science & Tech

Topics: Botany. Genetics.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

9. Garden of Eden

Source: NOVA

Discuss animal and plant adaptations to their environments. Invent an organism with adaptations to fit a particular niche, and predict its impact on other populations.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Science & Tech

Topics: Botany. Ecology.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

10. Harvest of Fear

Source: NOVA

Research and debate the arguments for and against the use of genetically modified foods.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Science & Tech

Topics: Nutrition. Botany. Ethics in Science. Genetics.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

11. Life's Little Questions: How Do Bees Fly?

Source: Scientific American Frontiers

Build a simple wind tunnel to help formulate and answer questions about how wind influences animals and plants, and then use it to explore why geese fly in formation and to examine why certain plants do not break in strong winds.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Science & Tech

Topics: Animals: Invertebrates. Botany. Motion & Forces.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

12. Methuselah Tree

Source: NOVA

Examine how scientists determine the age of living and non-living trees and identify factors that impact sizes of tree rings. Analyze tree ring samples and determine the age of the oldest sample.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Math, Science & Tech

Topics: Data Analysis/Probability. Measurement. Botany.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

13. Nordic Sagas: Island Life

Source: Scientific American Frontiers

Explore how life invades, colonizes and changes over time. Model a shallow underwater volcano to see what type of island forms, investigate seed dispersal methods and describe how wing size and shape determine which birds fly where.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Science & Tech

Topics: Animals: Birds. Botany. Evolution.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

14. Soil in the Amazon

Source: Journey Into Amazonia

Compare plants grown in simulated Amazon soil to those grown in soil prepared by the slash-and-burn method. Describe leaf development in plants grown in different soils and chart, average and graph plant growth by height

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Science & Tech

Topics: Botany. Ecology. Geology & Natural Disasters.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

15. Volcanoes of the Deep

Source: NOVA

Discuss how individual organisms and groups of organisms interact with each other, and research and classify symbiotic relationships between individual organisms of different species.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Science & Tech

Topics: Botany. Classification. Ecology.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

16. Warriors of the Amazon: Plant Magic

Source: NOVA

Learn how different plants can be used for medicinal purposes.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Science & Tech

Topics: Medicine. Botany.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

17. Weather - Here and There

Source: PBS 45 & 49: Ama-zone! The Rain Forest Project

Explore the differences between weather in tropical rain forests and temperate, deciduous forests. Examine the abiotic factors that determine the climax community of an area.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Science & Tech, Social Studies

Topics: Botany. Geography.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

18. Wildflower Lampshades

Source: Great Lodges

Study wildflowers that grow in Mount Ranier National Park, and paint a lampshade in the tradition of those found in the park's Paradise Inn.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Science & Tech, The Arts

Topics: Botany. Architecture.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan