In the recent months we have put a number of great new lessons up on our lessons database. Check some of these out!
Ocean Acidification Mock Conference
7th – 12th Grade
Recently, scientists have discovered that the chemistry of the ocean is changing. Because of higher levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) being released into the atmosphere, oceans are absorbing more CO2, which lowers the pH of seawater in the process called ocean acidification. Not only does acidification make it more difficult for marine animals to make their shells, but it also can lead to the weakening or destruction of already formed shells.
Through this lesson, students will learn what organisms are affected by ocean acidification by taking on the role of one of the stakeholders affected by ocean acidification and creating poster(s) to address their issue(s). They will then participate in a mock conference to address the affects of ocean acidification and discuss solutions to reduce ocean acidification. View Lesson Plan »
Rainforest Necklace Scavenger Hunt
3rd – 6th Grade
Because pens and pencils are discouraged in the rainforest exhibit, we have developed a new pencil-less rainforest scavenger hunt. Through this hunt, students will learn that plants and animals depend on one another for survival and reproduction, such as through pollination and seed dispersal. Students will also learn that a rainforest has distinct layers, with life specially adapted to each layer. View Lesson Plan »
What Kind of Geologist Am I?
2nd – 5th Grade
Geologists are scientists who study the physical aspects of the earth. They study the forces that shape the earth’s landscape, including earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, landslides, tectonic forces, glaciers, and water erosion. They also locate and study mineral resources, oil, natural gas and water. In this lesson, students will be introduced to the varied roles a geologist might play. By sharing brief first person narratives, students will learn about six of the many branches of geology and become familiar with tools used by geologists to study and collect the Earth’s resources. View Lesson Plan »
Southwest Native Pottery and Silver Scavenger Hunt
4th – 8th Grade
In this scavenger hunt through the Evolving Traditions exhibit, which highlights Native American pottery and silver jewelry created by members of the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni tribes and by the Rio Grande Pueblos, students will describe artistic elements of jewelry and pottery, compare jewelry and pottery of different tribes and of different time periods and create an image of a piece of jewelry based on the observed pieces. View Lesson Plan »