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Grades 9-12

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Classroom Activity

How Does Where You Live Shape How You Live?

With access to products and information from around the world, our range of choices is seemingly endless. But how would life be different if you lived in a different time and an isolated place?

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Classroom Activity

To Rot or Not to Rot

From hot deserts to frozen tundra to underwater caves, archaeological sites can be as diverse as our planet’s environments. See why some evidence from past cultures survives over time and some doesn’t.

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Activity

Do Your Own Dig

With a few simple tools from around the house and garden, you can execute a sound archaeological dig. Level by stratigraphic level, learn how to find and analyze objects like a pro.

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Classroom Activity

Making Mosaics

Vivid mosaics of stone and glass cubes—some enhanced with precious gold leaf—once gleamed from the floor, walls, and ceiling of the Petra Church. Learn how to make your own colorful masterpiece.

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Classroom Activity, Hands-on Activity

Just Add Water!

Give your class a tour of the diverse landscape of your own undersea realm!

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Hands-on Activity

That's Heavy!

This "heavy" experiment allows students to discover that salt water sinks in fresh water.

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Classroom Activity, Hands-on Activity

Water vs. Land

Brainstorm with your students a list of things that are possible in water that are not possible on land, and vice versa.

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Classroom Activity, Hands-on Activity

Be an Ocean Biodiversity Detective!

In this activity students will collect and closely observe specimens that have washed ashore to recognize different kinds of small ocean organisms.

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Science Bulletin

Reading the Rocks: The Search for Oil in ANWR

In 1980 an act of Congress set aside nearly 20 million acres of Alaska's North Slope tundra to create the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Less than 100 miles from the refuge is Prudhoe Bay, North America's largest oil field. Spread across what was once part of the largest intact wilderness area in the United States, Prudhoe Bay and its neighboring oil fields account for approximately 25 percent of U.S. domestic oil production.

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Science Bulletin

Derecho

On July 4, 1999, a rare and terrifying storm swept through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. What began like a standard-issue thunderstorm soon turned strange and fierce, generating green clouds and strong winds reminiscent of a tornado. In fact, the storm was a cousin of the tornado: a derecho (pronounced "de-RAY-cho"), a type of storm so infrequent and fast-moving that only in recent years have meteorologists begun to understand how to recognize and forecast it

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