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Food Web: Hold the Anchovies
Lesson plan for learning how El Niño events are predicted. Looks at El Nino’s impact on weather, ecosystems, and the food chain. Includes practice in scientific inquiry. Uses the computer and internet to find and organize information.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Botany and Art and Their Roles in Conservation
The lessons in this issue of Smithsonian in Your Classroom introduce students to the work of botanists and botanical illustrators, specifically their race to make records of endangered plant species around the world. The students try their own hands at botanical illustration, following the methods of a Smithsonian artist.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8, 9–12
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Scientists @ the Smithsonian
Website presenting 26 short videos featuring Smithsonian scientists in a variety of disciplines who show and tell what they do, recount successes and failures, and recall what made them want to grow up to be scientists.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Biodiversity and Climate change
Webinar. How is climate change affecting biodiversity on Earth? In this webinar, Francisco Dallmeier highlights some of the animal species around the world that have been impacted by shifting climates. Pointing toward the future, he will also discuss new initiatives for studying biodiversity and climate change.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Forest Speaks
Web version of an exhibit on tropical forest research on Barro Colorado Island. Drawings, photos, and text reveal the animals and plants on the island and how researchers study them. Bilingual English-Spanish.
Provider: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Ocean Planet Lesson Plans
Six interdisciplinary lesson plans on aspects of the sea from geography to its influence on literature. Each lesson has the same elements: background information, learning objectives, list of materials; step-by-step procedures, student handouts, and a list of resources.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Art to Zoo: Contrasts in Blue: Life on the Caribbean Coral Reef and the Rocky Coast of Maine (1996)
Lesson plan that demonstrates how these two ecosystems are unique yet related. Emphasis is on the formation of these environments and the organisms that call them home. Students consider the role of temperature, sunlight, waves, tides, and food chains.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Smithsonian in Your Classroom: Plants and Animals: Partners in Pollination
Lesson plans introduce students to the role of bees play in pollination and, ultimately, the production of many of our foods. Students learn about the parts of flowers and bees and their symbiotic relationship.
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Biodiversity Heritage Library
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), the digitization component of the Encyclopedia of Life, is a consortium of 12 major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions organized to digitize, serve, and preserve the legacy literature of biodiversity. Use this website to find onsite resources from the Biodiversity Heritage Library on subjects ranging from agriculture to zoology.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Coral Reefs: Impacts of Climate Change and Ocean Acidification on Aquatic Ecosystems
Webinar in which marine scientist Nancy Knowlton explores the effects of climate change underwater—in the coral reefs, home to one-quarter of the earth’s species. Drawing on her work in Jamaica and Panama, she describes changes in temperature and ocean chemistry and the impact of these changes on both biodiversity and the ability of reefs to support people.
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