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How to Prepare for an Outdoor Science Activity | PLUM LANDING

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Join Outdoor Educator Jessie Scott as he shares his top five preparation tips for leading outdoor science activities in this video from PLUM LANDING. As Jessie explains, planning ahead can take the stress out of leading outdoor activities, and can help ensure a fun and successful experience for all. Preparation strategies include deciding on key concepts to address; making the science local; running through an activity beforehand; gathering and packing materials ahead of time; and planning for safety.

Brownfields and Greenfields l MEECS Land Use: Video Lesson 10

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Students examine photographs of brownfields and greenfields, and residential and commercial land uses with accompanying captions. They also identify where brownfields and greenfields might be located in Michigan. (This video lesson highlights activities 1 and 2 from extension lesson 8 of the MEECS Land Use Unit.)

 

Classifying Land Use l MEECS Land Use: Video Lesson 4

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Students are given information about the ways that Michigan lands are used. A measuring stick is used to investigate the overall uses of land in Michigan. (This video lesson highlights activities 2 and 3 from lesson 3 of the MEECS Land Use Unit.)

 

Where Should the Brook Trout Be Planted l MEECS Water Quality: Video Lesson 8

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Students are introduced to the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of an ecologically healthy stream and to the procedures used by scientists and aquatic biologists for assessing the health of a stream. Students then compare four Michigan streams and select the best for planting young brook trout after evaluating bioindicators, habitat, and water quality data provided. (This video lesson highlights activity 6 from lesson 7 of the MEECS Water Quality Unit.)

 

Lesson 3: Watersheds and Nonpoint Source Pollution l Managing Pathogens- LGREI

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The third video in the Groundswell Communities for Clean Water series discusses pathogen pollution and its impacts on water quality.

Working with Non-traditional Learners

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In this professional development video excerpted from Getting Results, diverse learners study biotechnology at a technical college. The instructor and her students describe the students’ unique backgrounds: an older adult learner with lengthy professional experience in the computer industry, an immigrant student with a master’s degree in microbiology from her native country, and a younger student who had gone as far as he could in his job. The instructor states that examining these diverse backgrounds helps her make the most of each individual’s contribution, particularly in the lab where students work as a team.

How to Promote Science Skills While Exploring the Outdoors | PLUM LANDING

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Join Outdoor Educator Jessie Scott as he explains why the outdoors is a great place to explore science in this video from PLUM LANDING. Jessie shares his top strategies for engaging kids and familes in science, including asking questions and wondering aloud.

Investigating Land Use, Water, and Air Relationships l MEECS Land Use: Video Lesson 8

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In this lesson, students are asked to use prior knowledge about water and air issues and combine those with what they have been studying about land use. They study the interactions of land use, air, and water that result in an ecosystem that includes both human and natural impacts on land use. (This video lesson highlights activity 1 from lesson 8 of the MEECS Land Use Unit.)

 

Who am I? l MEECS Eco Bio Video Lesson 5

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Students will participate in activities that provide reinforcement in understanding the terms producer, consumer, decomposer, predator, prey, carnivore, omnivore, herbivore, and food chain. Students utilize these vocabulary terms and participate in a guessing game. (This video lesson highlights activities 3 and 4 from extension lesson 2.2 of the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) Ecosystems and Biodiversity Unit.)

MEECS Climate Change l Weather or Climate Change: Video Lesson 1

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What is the distinction between weather and climate? As a way to understand climate, pairs of students sort weather and climate statements. (This video lesson highlights activities 1 and 2 from lesson 1 of the MEECS Climate Change Unit.)

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