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The Modern Atmospheric CO2 Record part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Data:Examples
Students compare carbon dioxide (CO2) data from Mauna Loa Observatory, Barrow (Alaska), and the South Pole over the past 40 years to help them better understand what controls atmospheric CO2.

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Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Campus Living Laboratory:Examples
Students conduct a greenhouse gas emission inventory for their college or university. Students analyze findings and present information to the college or university community.

On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Collection This activity is part of the On the Cutting Edge Exemplary Teaching Activities collection.
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When is Dinner Served? Predicting the Spring Phytoplankton Bloom in the Gulf of Maine (College Level) part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with GIS:Examples
College-level adaptation of the Earth Exploration Toolbook chapter. Students explore the critical role phytoplankton play in the marine food web.

Image Classification part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with GIS:Examples
An exercise to use a simple image analysis program to classify land surface types seen in satellite imagery in order to analyze changes in landscape development over time.

Constructing Phylogenetic Trees: The Whippo Story part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
An interactive lecture in which students use data on feeding habits and habitat, skeletons, and DNA sequences to draw phylogenetic trees.

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.

What Determines Gender in Humans? part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
In this activity students examine karyotypes from five individuals to try to identify which chromosomes determine gender in humans. This activity is also a good illustration of meiotic non-disjunction.

Simple Mendelian Genetics: An interactive lecture using "DNA from the Beginning" part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
An interactive lecture that uses flash animations showing the researcher and their experiments that were used to develop the basic concepts in Mendelian genetics. Includes multiple choice questions students can answer in class.

Changing With the Tide part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This lesson plan is written around a brief role-play in which students learn about and act out plants and animals in a salt marsh habitat as the tides change.

Coral Bleaching: Making Our Oceans Whiter part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Role Playing:Examples
This lesson plan deals with coral reefs and the recent crisis of coral bleaching. It suggests that students engage in a role-playing debate about modifying human activity to protect reefs.

Investigative Case - "Swampeast Missouri" part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Students will explore wetland hydrology and biology and decide whether or not to restore a wetland or retain dams and drainage systems.

Investigative Case - "Home, Home on the River" part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
Students will examine the complex issues that result from human use of ecologically sensitive areas. The students will investigate these issues from the point of view of their major/career path.

Carbon Sequestration in Campus Trees part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with SSAC:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module. Students use allometric relationships to calculate tree mass from trunk diameter in a stand of trees in the Pacific Northwest.

Daisyworld: Stella Mac or PC part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Mathematical and Statistical Models:Examples
After constructing a Stella model of Daisyworld students perform guided experiments to explore the behavior of Daisyworld to changes in model parameters and assumptions.

Daisyworld: Interactive On-line PC and Mac part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Mathematical and Statistical Models:Examples
Students use a JAVA interface design by R.M. MacKay to explore the Daisy World model. The JAVA interface comes with a link to a 6-page student activity page in PDF format.

Light Reactions of Photosynthesis part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Visualizations:Visualization Examples
Light reactions of photosynthesis including location and steps for non-cyclic and cyclic photophosphorylation.

Dark Reactions of Photosynthesis part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Visualizations:Visualization Examples
The dark reactions of photosynthesis (Calvin Cycle) are presented in this learning experience to show where these processes take place in the plant as well as the specific reactions involved.

Respiratory System part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Visualizations:Visualization Examples
The purpose, components, and functions of the respiratory system are presented in this learning through disussion and visualizations. Participants learn about the nasal cavity, pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, bronchioles, and alveoli.

Plant Anatomy part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Visualizations:Visualization Examples
Tissues and cells of root, stem, and leaf anatomy in both dicots and monocots are investigated in this learning activity.

Plant Water Relations part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Visualizations:Visualization Examples
Plant water relations are presented in this learning activity to help participants understand the components of water potential, explain how water moves through plants, provide examples of plant adaptations to water stress, and have a general understanding of how water potential can be measured.

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