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The Environment in Biology Lessons

Using  Environmental Concepts and Issues to Teach Biology

Title            Description                                                                        
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Animal Diversity
This lesson exposes children to a wide range of animals and guides them through observation of animal similarities, differences, and environmental adaptations. This lesson can be used as part of a study of plants and animals. Before doing the lesson, students should know the meanings of the terms plant, animal, and living.     
AAAS         
http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/animal-diversity/   
(K) LS1C1- Plant, Animal Needs

 

A  School Garden         
“From plot to pot”, students learn how to grow, tend, harvest and prepare nutritious seasonal produce, in the educational settings of the classroom, the garden, the kitchen, the school cafeteria and the home.         
Food and Agricultural Organization    
http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/a0218e/a0218e00.htm          
(2) LS2A1 - Plant Growth Under Different Conditions

 

Nature Unleashed
Nature Unleashed
helps elementary students understand ecosystem connections through exploring Missouri’s ponds, forests, and prairies. The fully illustrated student book includes activities that get students outdoors and exploring, investigating, and asking questions about the ecosystems around their school.
MDC          
https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/teacher-portal/discover-nature-schools         
(3) LS1A1 - Organisms' Survival in Different Ecosystems

 

Life in a Drop of Pond Water
In Pond 2: Life in a Drop of Pond Water, students observe microscopic organisms found in pond water using a hand lens, 30x magnification, and 100x magnification. Observing these organisms should stimulate discussions about how single-celled living things might satisfy their needs for food, water, and air.     
AAAS         
http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/pond-2-life-in-a-drop-of-pond-water/        
(5) LS1C1 - Plants Get Materials Chiefly From Air and Water

 

Lead Blockers
Students learn about the health effects of lead and how its absorption can be reduced by proper diet.                
EPA           
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/leadblockers.pdf (6-8) LS1B1 - Environmental & Genetic Factors Affecting Growth

 

Human Impacts on Biodiversity
This activity engages students in science practices by guiding them through analysis of data from the citizen science project, WildCam Gorongosa (www.wildcamgorongosa.org).                  
HHMI         
https://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/human-impacts-biodiversity                 
(6-8) LS2A2 - Patterns of Interactions

 

Burrowing Owls
When changing a community to include shopping malls, parking spaces, and roads, people also change the dynamics of the existing ecosystem. Certain species are unable to adapt quickly enough and become threatened or endangered. Such is the case of the Burrowing Owl in California.        
AAAS         
http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/burrowing-owls/           
(6-8) LS2C1 - Impacts of Environmental Change on Populations

 

                                                                              
Marine Sanctuaries
In this lesson, students will learn about the national marine sanctuaries found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and off the coast of American Samoa. By learning about the biodiversity, ecological integrity, and cultural legacy of these marine sanctuaries, students can place into context what they are learning about the interdependence of living things on our planet.
AAAS       
http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/marine-sanctuaries/                 
(6-8) LS2C2 - Maintaining an Ecosystem

 

Veggie and Fruit Tales: Recombinant DNA
After a presentation on the basics of recombinant DNA technology, students learn about the benefits and concerns of recombiant DNA in foods and develop an opinion piece about the issue.             
American Society of Human Genetics            
http://www.ashg.org/cgi-bin/gena/glesson.pl?s=LSN&t=8&l=1&c=0            
(6-8) LS4B2 Genes & Technology

 

Passenger Pigeons: Nomads Lost
Students will understand the concept and implications of extinction using the example of the Passenger Pigeon, once an extremely abundant species that was completely eliminated by humans, and how technologies that were seemingly unrelated to the loss of the bird were actually central to its extinction.
AAAS         
http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/passenger-pigeons-nomads-lost/   
(6-8) LS4C2 - Extinction

 

Ecosystem Services - Water Purification
Ecosystem services are valuable for many reasons, including economic benefits, protection of human health and safety, and support of recreational or aesthetic enjoyment. Students should know that when ecosystems are not healthy, some or all of the services they provide to people may be lost.  
AAAS         
http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/ecosystem-services-water-purification/  
(6-8) LS2C2 - Maintaining an Ecosystem

 

Visualizing the Nitrogen Cycle
Students will learn how nitrogen cycles in the environment and how humans influence this cycle. NOTE: The lesson refers to an unavailable video disc. You can use this Fuse School You Tube video instead - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ9b5c8BOT4
Texas State University
http://www.education.txstate.edu/ci/faculty/dickinson/ PBI/PBIFall06/BoxStore/Content/LessonNitrogenCycle.htm
(9-12) LS2B2 - Matter & Energy Cycles thru Trophic Levels

 

Indoor Air Quality
In this activity, students are introduced to a variety of common indoor air quality hazards. They will learn sources of hazards, route(s) of exposure, associated health symptoms, and methods for hazard control.                                            
Oregon State University
http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/hydroville/files/2014/06/BA-6-Name-that-IAQ-Hazard-10.061.pdf                            
(9-12) LS1A - Cell Function, Organ Systems, Homeostasis

                                                    
Changing Lifestyles and Heart Health
This lesson is the second of a two-part series that explores different aspects of the human heart and the various changing conditions that have affected the health of billions of people from prehistoric to modern times.                                                 
AAAS         
http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/heart-2-changing-lifestyles-and-heart-health/             
(9-12) LS1A2 - Organ Systems

 

Endocrine Disruptors                                                        
This lesson focuses on endocrine disruptors: chemicals that mimic the body's own internal hormone communication system. Students are introduced to the endocrine system, they study what we know and do not know about chemicals that disrupt this system, and they consider the kinds of choices that individuals and societies have with regard to endocrine disruptors.
AAAS         
http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/changing-world-1-endocrine-disruptors/   
(9-12) LS1A3 - Homeostasis

 

Introducing Biodiversity
Biodiversity is introduced by having students identify and talk about what they know about the various habitats around them, including the amazing variety of life. Using online resources, they identify the basic components necessary for biodiversity, the critical and countless benefits of habitats, as well as the serious present and future threats to their ongoing existence. (Written at 3rd-5th Grade Level)                           
AAAS         
http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/introducing-biodiversity/           
(9-12) LS2A1 – Biotic/Abiotic Factors Affecting Carrying Capacity and Biodiversity

 

Carbon and Climate                                                            
A set of modular lesson plans that incorporate the carbon cycle into the study of climate change. Includes an applet that allows students to manipulate carbon sources and sinks and see their effects on total Atmospheric CO2                                       
University of Wisconsin                             
http://carboncycle.aos.wisc.edu                                                  
(9-12) LS2B3 - Carbon Cycling

 

Climate Change: A Human Health Perspective          
Explore how global climate change affects health issues such as airway diseases, developmental disorders, mental health disorders, vector-borne diseases, and waterborne diseases. In addition, consider possible ways to reduce health risks.           
NIH           
https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/assets/docs_a_e/ climate_change_and_human_health_lesson_plan_a_508.pdf   
(9-12) LS2C1 - Changing Environmental Conditions

 

The Chernobyl Disaster                                                           
By examining the case of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in 1986, students study the adverse effects of high doses of radiation on biological systems.            
AAAS         
http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/the-chernobyl-disaster/            
(9-12) LS3B2 - Mutations' Effects

 

Applications of Evolution                                                
What does pesticide or antibiotic resistance have to do with evolution and what are the implications of these issues for society?
Not Provided                                                                                 
https://sites.google.com/site/applicationsofevolution/home             
(9-12) LS4B1 - Evolution, LS4C1 - Adaptation of Populations

 

Cancer Risks
Research shows that even after education, students hold the misconception that human beings have cells inside of them, rather than being composed of cells themselves. As a result, students might perceive cancer as a group of foreign cells that are "invading" their normal cells, instead of knowing that cancer cells are simply normal body cells that have mutated.                             
AAAS         
http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/cancer-risks/                      
(9-12) LSA1A - DNA, Proteins, Cell Function