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     LIFE SCIENCE
    Changing World Lessons Grades
    Link to Lesson Plan: Exploring Caves. Icon shows a bat coming out of a cave. Exploring Caves, an interdisciplinary set of materials for K-3, covers at least five scientific disciplines: earth science, hydrology, mapping, biology, and anthropology. This unit aims at helping teachers to sort and organize the most important ideas in this rich scientific area.

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    K-3
    Link to Lesson Plan: Mud Fossils. Icon shows a fossil. In Mud Fossils, K-3 students are invited to explore and observe real fossils and then make their own fossils using mud and found objects.

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    K-3
    Link to Lesson Plan: Global Change. Icon shows a tree ring.

    This packet is appropriate for grades 4-6. It covers four themes: time, change, natural cycles, and the Earth as home. Includes a two-sided color poster, teacher guide, and three activities. Each activity includes background material, an experiment, three lesson plans, and suggestions for further reading.

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    4-6
    Link to Lesson Plan: Land and People. Icon shows a woman and landscape of trees. Land and People: Finding a Balance is an environmental study project that engages high school students in studying ecosystems resource issues. The project focuses on the interaction between people and the environment in three regions on the United States: Cape Cod, Los Angeles, and the Everglades. 7-12
    Link to Link to Lesson Plan: Geologic Age. Icon shows a section of a geologic time chart. In Geologic Age, students (grade 7-12) investigate radioactivity as a tool for measuring geologic time and how geologists use this information to determine the absolute age of rocks or minerals.

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    7-12

     GEOGRAPHY
    Working With Maps Lessons Grades
    Link to Lesson Plan: Map Adventures. Icon shows a hand holding a map. This teaching packet is appropriate for grades K-3. Students will learn basic concepts for visualizing objects from different perspectives and how to understand and use maps. The lessons center on a story about a little girl named Nikki who visits an imaginary amusement park. Nikki goes up in an unplanned balloon ride that gives her, and the students, different views of the park.

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    K-3
    Link to Lesson Plan: What Do Maps Show? Icon shows a teacher holding a map.

    This teaching packet is for grades 5-8 and is organized around geographic themes: location, place, relationships, movement, and regions. A map is a picture of a place. Different maps show different information. No one map can show everything. Students will compare shaded relief maps, road maps, and topographic maps

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    5-8
    Link to Lesson Plan: Exploring Map. Icon shows portrait of Columbus and a map at the background. Exploring Maps is an interdisciplinary set of materials on mapping for grades 7-12. Students will learn basic mapmaking and map-reading skills and will see how maps can answer fundamental geographic questions: "Where am I?" "What else is here?" "Where am I going?"

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    7-12

     EARTH SCIENCE
    Earth Hazards Lessons Grades
    Link to Lesson Plan: Volcanoes! Icon shows an erupting volcano. In Volcanoes!, an interdisciplinary set of materials for grades 4-8, students will explore questions such as "What is a volcano?" "Where do volcanoes come from?" and "Can scientists forecast volcanic eruptions?"

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    4-8
    Link to Lesson Plan: A Model of Three Faults. Icon shows where faults connect. Students will observe fault movements on a model of the earth's surface.

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    7-12

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