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Designing a Biological Community part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
In this Physical Geography Lab, students are responsible for designing a simple biological community.
Indigenous Food Relationships: Sociological Impacts on the Coast Salish People part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
In this unit, students will analyze the macro level of societal influences which have interrupted micro level ecological relationship between plant and man. Sociological concepts such as sub culture, dominant culture, stages of historical change (Hunter Gatherer societies to Technological societies), stratification and poverty will be addressed through the sociological perspective. Students will experience solutions of sustainability which are interdependent with local place and people. Learning activities involve using the "citizen's argument," oral presentations, portfolio creation, written reflections and experiential service learning projects.
Plant People part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
This integrated outdoor-learning, research and reflection exercise gives students a first-hand familiarity with local native plants and their significance in local native societies.
Cascade Citizens Wildlife Monitoring Project part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
This multi-term assignment introduces students to local indigenous stories, significant plants and animals of our region and some basic skills in reading animal tracks and signs.
Malaria & Global Warming part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
This is a group mapping exercise that examines the many factors that affect the distribution and possible future distribution of malaria in North and South America.
Renewable - But Is It Sustainable? part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Production of biofuels as an alternative energy source is not as simple as the media portray. This exercise enables students to practice critical thinking skills in evaluating the "value" of biofuels - a somewhat ambiguous concept.
Nature and Food part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
In this activity students read articles or excerpts of books to explore the topic of sustainability in terms of food webs, roles of plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria and their own food choices. Students continue their exploration of these kingdoms with a visit to a farmers' market and a grocery store to compare locally grown foods and grocery store selections.
An Assessment of Riparian Vegetation in a Human-Influenced Landscape part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Given that humans historically have heavily used rivers and the lands along them for agriculture, transportation and other activities, how does human impact currently affect riparian ecosystems in a rural region? Students will address this question through several activities.
Catching Cheaters: Using Salmon Phylogenetic Analysis to Identify Atlantic Salmon Mislabeled in Local Stores as Pacific Salmon part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Students use phylogenetic analysis to identify farmed Atlantic salmon mislabeled as wild Pacific salmon by local stores and suppliers. This project allows students to apply molecular methods such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing to a real- world issue.
Climate Instability and Disease part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
The module was designed to introduce students to a variety of biological processes of infectious disease that are connected through human activities and climate instability.
Is The Water Safe for Aquatic Life? part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
In this field activity students ponder sustainability issues such as point and non-point sources of pollution (including personal contributions), impacts of pollution, and potential mitigations.
Skeleton Keys: Bonified Biology part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
This series of exercises focuses on: the importance of observation in science; the proper use of scientific terminology and writing; the interrelationships between anatomy and position in a food web or energy pyramid; the biology of exotic species; toxins in the environment; animal use; and, the evolutionary significance of each of these topics.
State of Your Own Backyard part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Students evaluate water quality data as indicators of the health of an ecosystem and manage, graph and analyze data from an online database. This activity is designed to facilitate student interest in their ecosystem, focusing on where they live.
Gasping for Breath in Hood Canal: Exploring the Dissolved Oxygen Crisis part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Students work collaboratively in groups to apply their understanding of photosynthesis, respiration, and nutrient cycling to develop hypotheses to explain an acute low oxygen event that occurred in Hood Canal.
What is Local? part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Through a hands-on examination of a nature preserve/park in a nearby urban setting and with classroom discussions and activities, students become aware that individuals are affected differently by the preservation of nature or by development of natural resources.
Sustainable Public Health: Walkable Neighborhoods, Obesity and Diabetes in the Bioregion part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Students generate hypothesis regarding the causes and consequences of obesity. Based on these putative causes and consequences they propose sustainable solutions (e.g. walkable neighborhoods, community gardens, etc.) that would be appropriate for and effective in their bioregion.
Detox Me: How To Reduce Your Exposure To Toxins Found In Everyday Products part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
I use the topic when I am discussing cancer in either nutrition or biology class. Talking about genetic and environmental factors that can increase the incidence of cancer, and the homework, helps students understand how adjusting their environment can help reduce their risk for developing cancer.
Sound Science part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
An activity for a math/biology linked learning community in which students will collect, organize and analyze data related to the health of Puget Sound; experience the design of experiments in the sciences; apply mathematics to real biological issues that affect their lives; and develop an awareness of the personal and professional usefulness of mathematics, biology and modeling. Statistic students will act as consultants to the biology students and Biology students will in turn act as software analysts to help analyze trends as models are created.
How Many Plants Make a Future? The Carbon Dioxide Challenge part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
This activity focuses on the role of photosynthesis in a sustainable future. Students explore the effect of photosynthesis and respiration in a 'closed systems' containing plankton, marine plants, and fish. By calculating carbon dioxide uptake and production in these systems, they predict a plant: animal ratio sufficient to maintain a system in carbon dioxide 'balance' for one hour.
Using Reflection Activities to Deepen Student Engagement part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
Reflection activities on service-learning related to environmental restoration.