Science

MEECS Eco Bio l Outdoor Biodiversity Study: Video Lesson 8

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Students conduct a study of biodiversity (focusing on species richness) in their schoolyard and answer the following essential question: How can we measure biodiversity? (This video lesson highlights activity 2 from Option B of lesson 7 of the MEECS Ecosystems and Biodiversity Unit.)

Indirect and Direct Uses of Water l MEECS Water Quality: Video Lesson 3

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This lesson focuses on how we use water in our daily lives. Students predict their daily water use and then identify direct uses of water (drinking, bathing, and cleaning) and indirect uses of water (electricity and products). Students consider how water is an essential component of Michigan’s economy and environment. (This video lesson highlights activities 1 and 3 from lesson 2 of the MEECS Water Quality Unit.)

Land Use and Your Watershed l MEECS Water Quality: Video Lesson 6

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Students discover the direct link between land use and the water quality of streams, rivers, and lakes when they observe how pollutants from various land uses can be carried by runoff through the watershed. Best management practices (BMPs) are introduced as a way to protect water quality. (This video lesson highlights activity 4 from lesson 4 of the MEECS Water Quality Unit.)

 

MEECS Air Quality l One Breath at a Time: The Play: Video Lesson 4

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By performing a play, students explore a variety of common air pollutants, how they are formed, and their health and environmental effects. (This video lesson highlights activities 1 and 2 from lesson 2 of the MEECS Air Quality Unit.)

MEECS Energy Resources l Product Life Cycle: Video Lesson 9

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Students will investigate the life cycles of everyday products and answer the essential question: What are the energy and environmental consequences of your product choices? (This video lesson highlights activities 1, 2, and 3 from lesson 7 of the MEECS Energy Resources Unit.)

Measuring Land Use and Land Cover l MEECS Land Use: Video Lesson 3

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Students use a land use measurement system (dot planimeter) on an air photo to classify patterns of land use and land  cover from a locality in Michigan. (This video lesson highlights activities 5 and 6 from lesson 2 of the MEECS Land Use Unit.)

 

MEECS Climate Change l Do One Thing: Video Lesson 8

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Students will determine both adaptive and individual mitigation strategies for Climate Change through a DOT (Do One Thing) Campaign. (This video lesson highlights activities 3 and 4 from lesson 12 of the MEECS Climate Change Unit.)

Globe Toss l MEECS Water Quality: Video Lesson 1

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Students use circle graphs to estimate the percentage of the Earth’s surface covered by water. Then, students play a game to determine the percentage of the Earth’s surface covered by water. (This video lesson highlights activity 4 from lesson 1 of the MEECS Water Quality Unit.)

The Value of Inquiry

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In this video from Physics by Inquiry, participants in an inquiry-based professional development workshop share their thoughts about why guided inquiry is valuable for themselves as learners and teachers, and why it is valuable in the classroom. These benefits include promoting a deeper understanding of phenomena and learning the kinds of questions you need to ask.

MEECS Energy Resources l Energy Poster Gallery Walk: Video Lesson 6

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Students create posters of different energy sources, comparing the advantages and disadvantages of renewable and non-renewable resources and evaluating the impacts. (This video lesson highlights activities 2 and 3 from lesson 4 of the MEECS Energy Resources Unit.)

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