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How to Adapt Outdoor Science Activities on the Fly | PLUM LANDING

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Join Outdoor Educator Jessie Scott as he demonstrates how to adapt outdoor science activities in response to unexpected issues in this video from PLUM LANDING. Jessie addresses common problems, like like running out of time, having more people show up than expected, having mixed-aged groups of children, and running into inclement weather. For each issue, Jessie provides simple strategies for keeping things on track.

Solving Land Use Conflicts l MEECS Land Use: Video Lesson 7

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The intent of the lesson is to introduce students to the process that people in a local community undertake when they ask for a change in land use zoning. The lesson presents a typical urban land use conflict through a play. (This video lesson highlights activity 5  from lesson 7 of the MEECS Land Use Unit.)

 

Indoor Biodiversity Study l MEECS Eco Bio Video Lesson 9

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Students use bird habitat information to compare the diversity (focusing on species richness) of birds in several Michigan ecosystems and answer the following essential question: How can we measure biodiversity? (This video lesson highlights activity 3 from lesson 7 of the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) Ecosystems and Biodiversity Unit.)

 

MEECS Climate Change l Dancing Molecules: Video Lesson 4

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Students review the greenhouse effect and create models of greenhouse gases to explore the absorption of energy by the various molecules. (This video lesson highlights Extension 1 from lesson 3 of the MEECS Climate Change Unit.)

MEECS Air Quality l Making Decisions About Air Quality: Video Lesson 10

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Students learn that solving environmental issues involves a diversity of stakeholders and that everyone can contribute to solutions to air pollution problems through a role-playing exercise. Check out the video exclusive limbo game warm up in this lesson (see support materials section)! (This video lesson highlights activities 2 and 4 from lesson 7 of the MEECS Air Quality Unit.)

How to Use Digital Tools to Enhance Outdoor Science Exploration | PLUM LANDING

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Join Outdoor Educator Jessie Scott as he shares some easy ways to infuse technology into outdoor science learning in this video from PLUM LANDING. As Jessie explains, families sometimes sign up for outdoor activities to get away from technology—but technology can be a powerful and effective tool to engage students and families outdoors. Jessie shares tips on using cameras, mobile devices, and other tools to enhance students' and families’ exploration of nature.

MEECS Energy Resources l Michigan's Energy Consumption: Video Lesson 1

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Students learn how energy production and consumption has changed through taking part in a simulation activity. (This video lesson highlights activity 3 from lesson 1 of the MEECS Energy Resources Unit.)

 

Connecting the Lithosphere and the Biosphere

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In this video segment from Teaching Earth and Space Science, middle school teacher Karen Spaulding discusses the reasons why she likes teaching about relationships between science topics by making connections within the Earth system. She describes how students may not naturally make a bridge between topics and explains why she tries to link two ideas together explicitly, such as relating Earth events and the fossil record. Spaulding also describes how building these connections helps integrate students’ experience of the sciences across the grades.

MEECS Climate Change l The Carbon Cycle in Michigan: Video Lesson 5

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Students examine the carbon cycle, and identify sources and sinks within the environment. Students then go outdoors for a carbon hike. (This video lesson highlights activity 3 and Enhancement activity 4 from lesson 4 of the MEECS Climate Change Unit.)

MEECS Air Quality l The Composition of Ambient Air: Video Lesson 1

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Through a classroom demonstration, students define ambient air and begin to explore sources of air pollution. (This video lesson highlights activities 1 and 2 from lesson 1 of the MEECS Air Quality Unit.)

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