From the southern reaches of Patagonia to the islands of the Indian Ocean, students are invited to explore a wide range of stories that showcase why “keystone” is a critical term in understanding how systems function.
Students from elementary to high school can take on the role of researchers in this citizen science project nested in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.
From core concepts of regulation and carrying capacity, to the fundamental exploration of keystone species, this short film uses the Serengeti case study as a perfect launching point into comprehensive lessons on ecology and biodiversity.
These citizen science resources were created in collaboration with the American Spring LIVE citizen science partners: Bird Cams Lab and Celebrate Urban Birds from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Great Sunflower Project from San Francisco State University, the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project from the University of Minnesota, Track a Lilac from the USA Phenology […]
Learn how gas drives volcanic eruptions in this video from NATURE: Living Volcanos. In the accompanying classroom activity, students conduct an inquiry-based investigation of how to maximize gas production during a baking soda and vinegar eruption. Additional support materials are available including discussion questions and vocabulary.
Learn how members of the Blackfoot Confederacy, a group of tribes in North America, maintain and adapt their warrior traditions in this video from NATURE: Equus – Story of the Horse.
You can often tell how someone is feeling by the expression on their face, but did you know horses can recognize expressions too? This video from NATURE: Equus, “Story of the Horse” shows how scientists discovered that horses not only express many different emotions, they can also recognize expressions of emotion in other horses and in people. This lesson can be used to help students develop their own emotional awareness. Discussion questions and a fun “Emotions Charades” game help students recognize emotions in other people, and understand their personal reactions to the emotions of others.
In this classroom activity, students use the engineering design process to design a slip stopper, mimicking the adult polar bear adaptation of footpads that prevent sliding on ice. Additional support materials are available, including discussion questions and vocabulary.