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Teaching the nitrogen cycle and human health interactions part of Cutting Edge:Geology and Human Health:Workshop 04:Activities
This activity uses objects, pictures, and text in a matching game to define the nitrogen cycle and the environmental and human health impacts of nitrogen. The game can be used to associate useful and detrimental ...

On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Collection This activity is part of the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activities collection.
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Human Impacts on Sharks: Developing an Essay Through Peer-Review on a Discussion Board part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Peer Review:Examples
Through a discussion board, students comment and respond to paper topics on the human impacts on sharks.

Too many deer? A public hearing part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with the Case Method:Examples
Students reenact a public hearing to determine how to manage a deer herd that is overpopulated.

Le Parcours de la biodiversité: A Jigsaw Activity on Biodiversity part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Jigsaws:Examples
In this jigsaw activity, students of intermediate-level French will divide into five groups to become experts on each of the five biodiversity questions featured on the Curiosphere website. They will proceed to explain their assigned aspect of the issue to a small group of students.

Environmental Assessment Course part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Campus-Based Learning:Examples
The classic campus-based project is an environmental or sustainability assessment, often referred to as an environmental audit. This course, taught at Carleton in 2001, describes how this type of project can be undertaken. In this scenario, a student, campus environmental group or class researches aspects the envinormental impact of the school.

Investigative Case - "European Starlings and Woopeckers" part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
An exploration into Niche Competition and Population Ecology

Calibrated Peer ReviewTM: Discovering Dinosaurs part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Peer Review:Examples
In this activity, students write an essay on the history of scientific discoveries in the field of dinosaur paleontology.

Writing about the world's fisheries (Calibrated Peer Review): part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Peer Review:Examples
A writing assignment that asks students to summarize the findings of the Pew Ocean Commission report "America's Living Oceans, contrast it to an opposing viewpoint, and recommend a fisheries policy based on their understanding.

The High Plains: Land of Extremes part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This lesson plan includes a debate about whether the black-footed ferret should be reintroduced onto public lands and a study of the High Plains habitat.

Student Peer Review Through A Discussion Board to Develop an Invasive Species Paper part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Peer Review:Examples
Through a discussion board, students comment and respond to paper topics on invasive species.

Characterization of Freshwater Ecosystems: Group Collaborative Learning and Peer review part of MnSCU Partnership:PKAL-MnSCU Activities
Field based characterization of freshwater ecosystems using group collaborative learning and peer review in an undergraduate research class. Students work in teams to collect data, evaluate and synthesize results to generate and present a scientific poster.

Introduction to Human Tissues: How are Tissues Classified? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this inquiry investigation, students will observe unknown tissue samples and draw them in their science notebooks. They will work in groups to present and defend a classification scheme for the unknown tissues to the class, and then use textbooks as a reference to compare their scheme to the accepted classification system.

Using Inquiry to Group Minnesota Critters part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a teacher-guided inquiry activity of the sorting or grouping of Minnesota critters according to student driven criteria or purpose of their groupings. Teacher/student questions and discussion should be encouraged after this activity to emphasize that awareness of the criteria or purpose of certain groupings may be important before beginning an investigation.

Compare and Contrast deciduous and evergreen tree leaves to aid in tree identification part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity consists of classroom lessons where children observe tree leaves and compare and contrast those leaves leading to an understanding of the terms deciduous and evergreen (and also coniferous). They then use that learning to help them identify the kind of tree based on samples on a chart.

Energy Flow through Organisms: An Introduction to Photosynthesis and Respiration part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This classroom activity introduces students to energy flow through organisms, producers & photosynthesis, and consumers & respiration.

Wiggly Worms part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an inquiry-based lesson where students observe, sort and classify 2 kinds of worms based on their attributes, as well as share and discuss their findings.

Comparing Two Leaves part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This is an inquiry where students will be comparing and contrasting two different types of leaves with a partner.

Investigating What Living Things Need: Space part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this biology investigation, students will make observations of the growth of bean seeds to determine what plants need to live and grow in a healthy way.

Sorting Mammals and Birds part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this activity, students will be working in pairs to sort mammals in one pile and birds in another.

Critter Catalog-Creating a Field Guide to Minnesota Animals part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity will help students learn about Minnesota animals and characteristics that distinguish them from one another.

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