Grades 9-12 Classroom Resources

  • 2014 Michigan Envirothon Registration
    You are invited to Celebrate 20 years of Environmental Education with Michigan Envirothon! This year's Regional Competitions will be held around the state March 11 - 28. Form a team and join in for a day of hands on environmental education with Michigan natural resource professionals. Please visit: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e8olnyoqa6dd7645&llr=vhr65vnab to find out more about Envirothon and to register.
  • Registration for Modern Physics Workshop at Wayne State University
    The workshop will run from 8.45am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, February 1, 2014. The workshop will occur in the first floor computer lab of the Adamany Undergraduate Library on the Wayne State campus. Consult: http://hep.physics.wayne.edu/~harr/workshop.html for more details.
  • ACTION BIOSCIENCE
  • The American Institute of Biological Sciences hosts Actionbioscience.org, a Web site that promotes bioscience education and literacy. Features include teacher-written lesson plans and peer-reviewed articles that focus on important current issues in areas such as biodiversity, the environment, genomics, biotechnology, and evolution. Select articles are translated into Spanish, suitable for ESL students. See why Scientific American named Actionbioscience.org one of the top five biology websites.
  • Climate Science Activity Book
    Discover Your Changing World with NOAA introduces middle and high school students to the principles of climate science and the factors involved in climate change. Students explore climate science concepts as they make a solar cooker, set up a home weather station, construct an electronic temperature sensor, create a unique message about climate change, and play the “Are You Climate Literate?” board game. Each activity includes detailed instructions and illustrations.
  • Education Programs at EarthWatch Institute
    Find out how to join teams of conservation researchers around the world on expeditions from 1-3 weeks long. Also discover lesson plans and web sites developed by past teacher volunteers while they were in the field. Funding is available for students (16+) and educators.
  • Exploring Climate Change Impacts
  • This is a new curriculum guide, now available from the Union of Concerned scientists (UCS). It contains a set of teaching materials geared towards students and teachers in grades 9-12. Individual exercises are adaptable to different grade levels and engage students in an exploration of the impacts of global climate change on ecosystems and natural resources.
  • First Measured Century: The History and Use of Sampling Methods
    This lesson for high school students examines statistical sampling by tracing improvements in sampling procedures over the 20th century and by taking a critical look at scientific inquiries involving flawed sampling.
  • Henry Ford Learning Institute
    The Henry Ford Institute is launching a learning national network of small high schools modeled after the Henry Ford Academy in Dearborn, Michigan. This network of community-based high schools will provide under-served students in urban areas with quality, real-world learning environments, a college-preparatory culture, and demanding academic standards. The first school, The Henry Ford Academy: Power House High, will open in Chicago in 2008. Located in the former Sears Roebuck building, the school's "green" features will be used to enhance lessons on the environment, clean technologies, and sustainability.
  • Hurricanes: Science and Society
    Hurricanescience.org is a great resource for information about the science of hurricanes and how to lessen their impacts. Major sections include Hurricane Science, Hurricanes and Society, and Hurricane History. It also offers peer reviewed science content, case studies, and an interactive history timeline. The information is targeted toward the media, the general public, and students 7-12. To learn more, visit the Hurricanes: Science and Society web site.
  • ITEST
    "Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers" to work with scientists and engineers in project-based, experiential learning ranging from biotechnology to environmental resource management. ITEST is a program of the National Science Foundation's Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education (ESIE). This publication describes the program, projects and locations, and sponsors. Types of projects are: 1) career and educational enrichment for students in middle and high school, 2) Teacher information technology professional development and 3) a resource center for research on funded projects.
  • Launch and Propulsion Educators Guide for Grades 6-12
    The fifteen lesson plans in this guide help students learn about the science of rockets, principles of rocketry and the laws of motion. Student texts are included so that students may read about variables, forces and motion, and NASA's history and future. Students learn which variables affect the performance of a rocket. In the assessment, students engage in a competition wherein they apply what they have learned about rockets to build a launch vehicle that flies as high as possible.
  • Marine Fisheries Series Activities Guide
    An online activity guide geared for middle to high school students. It is a guide created by the Marine Fisheries Series project to help students dive deeper into the topics covered in the documentary series. The guide includes six engaging, peer-reviewed activities, correlated to national science and social studies education standards. These activities work well in classrooms as well as non-traditional educational settings such as nature or science centers, aquariums and zoos.
  • Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse
    The overall goal of the Michigan Green Chemistry Clearinghouse is to accelerate green chemistry awareness, innovation and investment in the state of Michigan by creating and enabling a community of green chemistry advocates that are connected and informed.  The Clearinghouse aims to be dynamic and interactive on-line source of information, resources, databases, learning opportunities and interactive tools for citizens, educators and other professionals.  Michigan Green Chemistry is hosted by Aquinas College.  For more information or to become part of the green chemistry community visit: www.migreenchemistry.org.
  • Michigan Radio Climate Change Broadcasting
    The Environment Report from Michigan Radio is broadcasting a series on Climate Change. This audio series explains how fish in the Great Lakes are affected by warming water and shorter winters which are contributed to Climate change. The impacts faced by sport fishermen and commercial fishing industries will also be discussed. A free copy of the audio series can be requested by filling out an order form through the Michigan Radio website at http://michiganradio.org/warm-water-fish-changing-great-lakes-cd-order-form. For more information please email Steve Chrypinski at Steveski@umich.edu.
  • Mission: Science Web Site
    This Web site is a one-stop shop for NASA Science and the educational resources created by NASA and its partners. Most appropriate for middle and high school students and teachers, the site offers resources in five categories: NASA Science, Be a Scientist, Get Involved, Games and Activities, and Multimedia. Each category spans several science disciplines. For example, in NASA Science, physics-oriented visitors can tour the electromagnetic spectrum or watch a video on planetary dynamics, while Earth science-minded visitors can explore tropical twisters or follow NASA weather satellites in real time.
  • New Biodiversity Online Secondary Module
    Exploring Environmental Issues: Biodiversity is a new addition to the PLT collection that uses biodiversity as a window through which secondary students investigate the environment. Educators and students get a broader view of concepts and larger connections - not just biological, but political, cultural, ethical, and economic as well. Educators are permitted to use any of the online materials on the PLT Web site.
  • National Science Foundation Chem Links
    This is National Science Foundation (NSF) college student resource for years one and two of chemistry. Features 2-4 week modules with real-world questions (What Should We Do About Global Warming?) and develops the chemistry needed to answer them. Developed and tested by faculty from 40 two- and four-year colleges and universities, the modules can be adapted for use in a variety of non-science courses.
  • NAVY STEM for the classroom
    Through the Navy's innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) resources, high school students can learn different lessons such as Jets in Flight, The Science of Diving, Future Fleet, and Oceanography and Meteorology and learn how these lessons pertain to different STEM principles.
  • Pathfinder Science Ozone Project
    Each fall students from all over the country participate in the Pathfinder Science research area, exploring ground-level ozone.  Ozone is a toxic gas, which is formed by a reaction between air pollutants and sunlight.  This research area is design for upper elementary through high school age students with two easy to follow, network-wide, standardized protocols are offered.
  • PBS Borders Environmental Project
    Through the Point-of-View (POV) Borders Environmental project, PBS offers lesson plans for K-12 teachers that are designed to enhance online story telling and sharing. Each separate lesson plan focuses on earth, water or air, and is downloadable in pdf or html format. Students can explore how human activity and industrialization is altering air quality, the social impact of land use and how water is used in their own communities.
  • Pollution Pipe: Street to Stream (pdf)
    For students in Grades 6-12 on non-point sources of pollution found in runoff and the effects of development on watersheds. Shows the relationship between urban development and impervious ground cover created by streets, parking lots, and roofs. Provides a list of pollutants found in runoff, as well as some steps that can be taken to prevent water pollution. From the Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE).
  • Racerocks.com
    This site offers an opportunity to observe the ecosystem of Race Rocks Island, a marine protected area near Victoria, British Columbia, which is maintained by the faculty and students at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific. Various projects are presented and viewers are granted a unique perspective on an untouched preserve through the use of web video and daily log updates.
  • Science Off the Sphere Video Series
    NASA and the American Physical Society (APS) have entered into a partnership to share unique videos from the International Space Station with students, educators and science fans around the world. NASA astronaut Don Pettit will use everyday objects from Earth to demonstrate physics through the "Science off the Sphere" video series, available on the APS's outreach website, Physics Central. Also featured will be educational content on the physics topics demonstrated in space by Pettit in order to challenge the viewers on a physics issue. The segments of "Science off the Sphere" will end with a question for the viewers. APS will review the responses and identify a winner. Pettit will recognize the winner in a future installment. For more information, visit www.physicscentral.com/sots.
  • Science Olympiad teams up with TV Show "Fringe"
    Fox and Science Olympiad have partnered to create lesson plans for grades 9-12. The lessons have elements from both the science of the television series and Science Olympiad events, like Disease Detectives or Dynamic Planet. They can be downloaded for free and added to curriculum, given as projects or formatted as brain teasers. They provide many resources for teachers like learning objectives, hands-on activities, discussion suggestions, relevant episode scenes, online resources, and National Science Standards Alignment. For more information visit the Science Olympiad website.
  • Scope It Out! Game
    NASA’s Scope It Out! Game, most appropriate for high school students and adult astronomy buffs, uses puzzles to teach players about the basics of common refracting and reflecting telescopes you might have in your backyard. Then the game introduces the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and shows how it has the same basic parts as a typical telescope. Finally, the game compares the JWST to the Hubble Space Telescope and shows that while they don’t look alike, they have the same essential parts. Inform students to pay close attention as they play the game because the information presented in each level will help them solve the puzzles in the next round. Users who want to run the game at an exhibit, museum, observatory, or university can download special files from the site.
  • Students Guide To Composting
    Composting in the Classroom: A Scientific Inquiry for High School Students, by Nancy Trautmann and Marianne Krasny, is a comprehensive guide for teachers interested in guiding composting research projects by high school students. Downloadable in pdf format.
  • Ten80 Student Racing Challenge
    The Ten80 Student Racing Challenge features an integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum for students in grades 6-12. Student teams work collaboratively to design, build, and race model remote-controlled cars against those of other student teams across the country. The curriculum teaches students about aerodynamic design, chassis setup, mechanical engineering, and math modeling (collecting data and making graphs). For more information please visit the sites below:
    www.youtube.com/Ten80Education
    www.facebook.com/Ten80Education?sk=app_4949752878
  • The DNA Files III
    National Public Radio (NPR) is broadcasting this documentary series exploring the science of genetics. The ethical, social, and legal implications of genetics are also featured in the series. The website contains more information and podcasts in MP3 format.
  • Year of the Frog Awareness Program
    Did you know that over 1/3 of Amphibians are endangered animals? The Amphibian Project seeks to resonate within classrooms and inform students and teachers alike about the challenges that these animals face today. The Amphibian Project is celebrating 2008 as the year of the frog and joins all students and adults across the country to join in. To learn more, follow the link provided above.