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Below you will find curriculum ideas and lesson plans inspired by other educators’ experiences on Earthwatch expeditions. These resources are free and available for you to use. You will find there are lesson plans relating to:

    WILDLIFE & ECOSYSTEMS

Title/Summary Discipline
Level
(Elementary, Middle, High School)
Expedition
Bahamian Terrariums
Building functional layered terrariums to learn how ecosystems work
Ecology E, M Coastal Ecology of the Bahamas
Biodiversity Monitoring Project: Insect Monitoring Ecology M, H Costa Rican Coffee from Community to Cup
Biodiversity Analysis and Comparison within the New Jersey Highlands This lesson is adaptable to different regions Environmental science M, H Climate Change and Caterpillars
Forest Ecology Ecology E New York City Wildlife
What’s in Our Backyard?
Using quadrats to analyze and categorize living organisms. This is an outdoor activity
Environmental science M Mammals of Nova Scotia
Food Chain
Activity and assignment on the effect of depletion of plant life from the food chain
English, biology M Climate Change and Caterpillars
Invasive Species: Definition, Types, and Effects
Regionally specific plan that can be adapted
Biology, art M Coastal Ecology of the Bahamas
Choose Your Defense
Explores food chain, parasites and hosts, advantages of adaptations, and natural defenses
Biology, art E, M Climate Change and Caterpillars
Water Quality Survey
Regionally specific plan that can be adapted
Environmental science H Mammals of Nova Scotia
Plant Identification
Compare and contrast lesson in regional plant species
Taxonomy M Climate Change, Canopies, and Wildlife
Adaptations: Wild Horses of the Outer Banks
Connecting animal and human adaptations
English M Wild Horses of the Outer Banks
Supermarkets: Sustenance and Sustainability
Examines cultural relativism for student understanding of life in the rainforest and importance of conservation
Social studies M, H Amazon Riverboat Exploration
Food Choice in Migrating and Resident Birds
Natural food vs. additives
Ecology H Costa Rican Coffee from Community to Cup
Rainforests: Sustainable Use Ecology H Puerto Rico’s Rainforest
Industry and the Environment Business H Seabirds of Prince William Sound

    OCEAN HEALTH

Title/Summary Discipline
Level
(Elementary, Middle, High School)
Expedition
Interdependency of Coral Reefs: We’re All in This Together
Interactive game demonstrating the importance of balance in a coral ecosystem
Marine science E Bahamian Reef Survey
Coral Reefs
Unit on reef ecology, health, and human impacts and interactions
Marine science M, H Coastal Ecology of the Bahamas
Understanding the Dynamics of the Reef Ecosystem Marine science H Coastal Ecology of the Bahamas
Understanding How Researchers Study Marine Mammals Marine science H Dolphins and Whales of Abaco Island
Go Fish
Activity on overuse of common resources and sustainable solutions
Ecology E, M, H Sharks and Rays of Monterey Bay
Marine Debris and Me
Students examine consumer products and connections to waste and pollution
Social studies H Sharks and Rays of Monterey Bay
I Can Preserve My Planet: Protecting Our Natural Resources––The Ocean Social studies E, M Alaskan Fur Seals
Coral Health
Classifying coral and identifying threats, human impacts, and possible solutions
Marine science M Sustainable Southern Belize
How Much Motor Oil Would You Like in Your Bed?
Effects of an oil spill on marine environments
Marine science M Coastal Ecology of the Bahamas

    CLIMATE CHANGE

Title/Summary Discipline
Level
(Elementary, Middle, High School)
Expedition
How Does Climate Change Affect Animal Populations? Science E, M Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge
We’re All Connected: Ecosystems, Place-Based Education, and Sustainability Science M Amazon Riverboat Exploration
Succession and Microclimate
What makes an ecosystem or microclimate?
Ecology H Climate Change and Caterpillars
How the Environment Affects Our Health: Infectious Diseases Nutrition M, H Coastal Ecology of the Bahamas
Should Populations in an Ecosystem be Restricted? Science E, M Wild Horses of the Outer Banks
Conserving the Pantanal
Resources and information about humans’ interaction with the environment, positive and negative
English M Conserving the Pantanal
Snake in the Grass
Monitoring population by the capture–recapture method
Mathematics E, M Climate Change, Canopies, and Wildlife
Climate Change: Is There a Controversy?
Students identify indicators of climate change and participate in arguments about climate change
Research M, H Climate Change at the Arctic’s Edge

    ARCHAEOLOGY & CULTURE

Title/Summary Discipline
Level
(Elementary, Middle, High School)
Expedition
African Ecology and Art
Unit on principles of design using African ecology and culture
Art E, M Samburu Communities and Wildlife
What Did I Find?
Introduction to archaeological research and dig processes
Archaeology E, M Sugar Plantations of Hawaii
How Do We Balance Environmental Conservation with Human Needs? History H Amazon Riverboat Exploration
Roman Empire: Physical Framework–Location, Borders, Dimensions Geography M, H Discovering Italy’s Ancient Roman Coast
Geologic Timescale
Putting evolution, geologic timescale, and “billions” in perspective
Geology M Mammoth Graveyard Expedition
The Science of Racism
The role of preconceptions, subjectivity, and imperialism in paleoanthropology
Anthropology H Early Man in Spain
Entering Local Species Data into Excel Worksheet Computers E, M Mammals of Nova Scotia
To Develop or Not to Develop?
Tourism and coastal health in the Bahamas
English H Bahamian Reef Survey

    TAKING ACTION

Title/Summary Discipline
Level
(Elementary, Middle, High School)
Expedition
Rain Garden Proposal Agriculture E, M, H Climate Change and Fragmented Forests
Carbon Usage and Offsets
Assessing and advising local businesses
Resource use M, H Climate Change and Fragmented Forests
Vermiculture Food Waste Compost Program Science, agriculture E, M, H Climate Change and Caterpillars
Scientific Method in Action
Students hypothesize, collect data, and report on school conservation efforts
Science M, H Sharks and Rays of Monterey Bay




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