Liquid Earth

Simulated Sea Surface Rising As I discussed in my previous post, Teaching Tricky Topics, climate change can be a very tricky subject to teach. But rather than shy away from it, I recommend being strategic about it. By focusing only on the strictly scientific principles involved, using hands-on activities students can experience with their own... Continue Reading →

Teaching Tricky Topics

Climate Change is a tricky topic to teach - I'm sure this doesn't come as a great shock to any of you. Everyone seems to be very divided, with opinions running the full gauntlet. Things are so divided that I've met teachers that have said they do not even teach about it, fearing push back.... Continue Reading →

Happy World Wildlife Day!

It’s not a holiday you may have heard about or celebrated before – but it’s one you should definitely add to your calendar nonetheless (and really, isn’t any excuse to party and celebrate a good one? 😉 ) When the United Nations signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and... Continue Reading →

More Than Just a Pretty Face

Not all sand is created equal. Depending on the location of the beach or dessert, it can be made from a wide variety of materials and in as many different processes. Sand can be made of quartz, basalt, garnet, silica, olivine, glass, coral, and more. It can be made from wind or water currents eroding... Continue Reading →

Ghosts of Elkorn Coral Past

To round out my posts about coral disease, I thought I would choose a disease that hits close to home for the United States, and is one we do know a *bit* about. The paper I am summarizing today also happens to be co-authored by one of my favorite graduate professors, so shout-out to Dr.... Continue Reading →

Gulf Coast Food Web

Looking for a quick time filler that reinforces food webs? Instead of the usual suspects of a land based web or the Antarctic, here is a South Gulf Coast based marine food web. I have it broken down by each animal and energy level. Just copy and paste into M.S. Word to make some quick... Continue Reading →

Shark Super Powers

This multi-part activity really dives deep into the ‘super powers’ of sharks! To survive and dominate in their marine habitat as top predators, over the millennia sharks have developed several unique superpowers, or as they are most commonly known as, adaptations 😉 This activity is a dynamic, hands-on way for students to explore several of... Continue Reading →

Melting Sand

This quick and simple activity can be utilized in a variety of lesson plans. I have personally used it to demonstrate both acid rain and ocean acidification. It can be used at the beginning of a lesson to surprise and hook their interests (my recommendation), or after the lesson as a hands-on wrap up. When... Continue Reading →

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