Screenshot of video lesson plan "For the Common Good" showing beads representing fish populations
Students estimate a fish population (using goldfish crackers on a flat surface) by sampling.
Screenshot of video lesson plan "Who Polluted the Potomac?" showing interactive activity
Watch the video to see Pop Ed staff walk you through the lesson. “Who Polluted the Potomac?”...
Screenshot of video lesson plan "Timber!" showing role-play in deforestation demand and supply simulation
In this role-playing simulation, students discover what happens to a forest when the demand for wood is...
In a short demonstration using water and measuring cups, students observe how populations grow when the birth...
Screenshot of video lesson plan "Panther Hunt" showing different animals in an ecosystem that can support a panther diet
Students gain an understanding of carrying capacity when they act as predatory animals in a finite area...
Screenshot of video lesson plan "Mining for Chocolate" showing chocolate chip cookies as an analogy to mining regions
After matching everyday products to their rock or mineral sources, students “mine” chocolate chip cookies to discover...
Lemur on a log
In small group simulations, students compare the biodiversity of a temperate forest to that of a tropical...
Armadillo in the wild
Students become acquainted with the concepts of doubling time, exponential growth, and biotic potential by completing math...
Students imagine lily pads in a pond that are doubling in quantity and quickly filling the pond's surface
Students listen to a mathematical folktale and mathematical riddles and solve related word problems. Students will be...

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