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Amazon Water Cycle Roleplay
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In this creative roleplay activity, learners will explore the various processes of the water cycle using movement, sound, and props to aid in comprehension. Learners will understand that water changes forms throughout the water cycle, and that this cycle runs continuously throughout all the cycles at the same time. This standards-based lesson, which is great for the classroom, camps, or afterschool programs, includes roleplay cards and ideas for props.

Subject:
Ecology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
California Academy of Sciences: Lesson Plans
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Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
11/29/2008
Build a Coral Polyp
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In this activity, learners build one or more edible coral polyps and place them together to form a colony. Learners will review the differences between plants and animals, learn about the unique symbiotic relationship between corals and zooxanthellae, and discuss human impact on coral reefs. This detailed lesson guide includes key vocabulary, background information for educators, and wrap-up suggestions.

Subject:
Technology
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
California Academy of Sciences: Lesson Plans
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Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
11/29/2008
Buoyancy Bulls-Eye
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In this hands-on activity, learners will construct a scuba diver that can float in order to explore how sea creatures stay neutrally buoyant in the ocean and to see what kinds of forces might be influencing their buoyancy. By adding materials such as balloons, rubber bands, toothpicks, pennies, etc. to their figure, they will try to make it neutrally buoyant in a bucket of water. This lesson plan includes discussion questions, key vocabulary, and is standards-based.

Subject:
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
California Academy of Sciences: Lesson Plans
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Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
11/29/2008
Carbon Cycle Poster
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In this activity, learners gain knowledge about how carbon moves through all four of the Earth's major spheres (biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere), and understand how humans influence the carbon cycle and contribute to global climate change. Learners work in groups to create a diagram to show how the Earth's major spheres are connected by diffusion, respiration, burial, and weathering. This detailed lesson plan includes key vocabulary words, discussion questions, resources for educators, and is standards-based.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
California Academy of Sciences: Lesson Plans
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Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
11/29/2008
Discovering Rainforest Locations
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In this activity, learners will examine various world data maps to combine the information and predict which areas could be tropical rainforests. This will help learners discover how living and non-living ecosystem components influence each other. Learners will make their predictions by circling the areas that they think are rainforests on a blank map. Then, educators will reveal a sequence of maps so that learners can see how close they were to locating tropical rainforests. This lesson includes extension ideas, background information, and is standards-based.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
California Academy of Sciences: Lesson Plans
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
11/29/2007
Earth's Water: A Drop in Your Cup
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This creative lesson plan provides a visual way for learners to gain knowledge about the finite amount of fresh water on Earth and encourages the discussion of the various ways to conserve this resource. Also, learners may brainstorm ideas to increase the usage of untapped water resources in their local area. Included in this lesson plan are key vocabulary words and resources for educators. This lesson plan is standards-based.

Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
California Academy of Sciences: Lesson Plans
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
11/29/2008
Fraction Penguin
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In this craft activity, learners will recognize, name, and compare the fractions 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8 by constructing a penguin out of portions of paper circles. This detailed lesson plan includes key vocabulary words, background information for educators, extension ideas, and resources.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Numbers and Operations
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
California Academy of Sciences: Lesson Plans
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
11/29/2008
Make your own Antelope Horns!
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In this craft activity, learners will explore the structure and purpose of antelope horns by constructing their own headband using toilet paper rolls and yarn. They will also think about the differences between horns and antlers by playing a game similar to "Simon Says". This activity is standards-based and works well as a pre-visit activity to a museum.

Subject:
Life Science
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Game
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
California Academy of Sciences: Lesson Plans
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
11/29/2008
Mapping Mockingbirds
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This lesson plan revolves around studying the speciation of the Galapagos mockingbirds, which are on display at the California Academy of Sciences. It works well as a pre-visit activity and post-visit activity. In the first part of the lesson, learners will explore the speciation of the Galapagos mockingbirds by solving a logic puzzle. The logic puzzle can be solved by using clues about the different kinds of mockingbirds. Once it is solved, learners will be able to construct a branching diagram showing evolutionary relationships among this group of birds. In the second part of the lesson, learners can review their branching diagram and educators may ask them guiding questions to learn how the lineages are related and to unify their understanding of the material. This activity is standards-based and includes resources for educators and extension ideas.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
California Academy of Sciences: Lesson Plans
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
11/29/2008
Sensational Seaweed
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In this culinary activity, learners use multiple senses (sight, smell, touch, and taste!) to explore real seaweed samples. They will compare and contrast land plants with kelp to review the structures and functions of parts, understand that algae is an important producer in aquatic environments, and learn how kelp is adapted to live along the California Coast. They will also explore various types of algae and discuss how the types differ from each other. This lesson guide is standards-based, and includes key vocabulary and wrap-up suggestions.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
California Academy of Sciences: Lesson Plans
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
11/29/2008
The Sharp Eyes of a Naturalist
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In this creative activity, learners will practice looking carefully to observe details and to become familiar with dioramas as a method for displaying naturalistic scenes. Educators present learners with three rounds of observation tasks, each with a different challenge. Although designed to improve observations in a gallery, this activity can be used to enhance observation skills for many scenarios.

Subject:
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
California Academy of Sciences: Lesson Plans
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
11/29/2008
Sustainable Livestock
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In this activity, learners investigate the food, water, and space needs of common livestock animals. Using math and problem solving skills, they will learn how many animals can live on their imaginary 100 acre ranch. Learners will discover how land use and food consumption can be sustainable. This detailed lesson plan includes key vocabulary words, background information for educators, and discussion questions.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
California Academy of Sciences: Lesson Plans
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
01/01/2010
Waxworm moth
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Waxworm moths emerge from the silk cocoon and are able to mate. The females lay eggs. A female moth can invade a weak honeybee hive and lay her eggs there. After they hatch, the larvae will eat the honey and the hive wax, destroying the hive.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
California Academy of Sciences
Video and Image Data Access (VIDA) Collection
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
T. W. Davies (California Academy of Sciences;)
Date Added:
01/01/2005