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Natural History and Ecology
of Homo Sapiens

What We Did and Why We Did It
Quotes and Participants


A Study of Your Domestic Water Supply
Students will follow a raindrop from its source into the water supply for their houses and then back to the environment. The students will draw and/or understand a diagram of a water treatment plant and a sewage treatment plant.

An Enzyme - Substrate Model
Examining reaction rates of an enzyme-mediated reaction, the effects of environmental variables on enzyme function and analysis of data relating to the reaction.

Anatomy and Physiology "Quickies"
Demonstrations to illustrate comprehension of body organ structure

Are You Being Poisoned by Your Dishes?
Discover if any of your ceramic ware is leaching lead which might cause lead poisoning

Biome Exchange - Send the "Stuff" Not The Kids
Students from different geographic biomes exchange ecological information

Biomes in a Box
Students construct a model of a biome which will illustrate the various biotic and abiotic factors unique to that biome

Black Death- A Biological Perspective
Activity to describe the symptoms, treatments, and control measures of Black Death

Building an Ecologically Balanced Living Space
Students design and build an ecologically balanced living space based on the principles of an old-growth forest

Careers in Science
Student research to learn the trends in the current job market for scientists

Celebrating Earth Day With Students
Student activities for Earth Day

Charles Darwin's Hardware Shop
A simple model of Darwinian evolution: create an evolutionary tree

City Animals
Identification of the most important native and introduced species of animals in the United Statesand describe how animal populations of cities have changed over time

Cooperative Learning - Role Playing Activity
The Compounds of Life: A Biological Farce in Four Acts!

Creature of the Week
Survey of wildlife in one's habitat and understanding man's impact on the environment

Cricket Dissection
..and a simple system to test the effects of various chemicals on breathing and heartbeat rate!

DNA Extraction
Procedure to isolate DNA from E. coli

Demonstration of Cheese-Making Enzyme Magic
A "magic show" with rennet

Down, Dung and Dirty
Dung cultures can serve as models for the observation of succession stages. In a short time students can observe the changes seen in succession and the biodiversity of a community through its species richness and evenness.

Down the Drain
Decomposition studies based on measuring rates of oxidation

Dusty Air
Examining particulates in the air

E. coli and Their Human Environment
Using F-tests to study the effect of antibiotics on bacteria

Earth: The Apple of our Eye
"Dissecting" an apple to emphasize the scarcity of land resources

Ecology of the Dump
Three activities concerning solid waste management

Enzyme Grabbers
Apple Juice from Apple Sauce....The Papaya Puzzle!

Enzyme Labs Using Jello
Testing the presence and specificity of enzymes in fruit and demonstrations of the susceptibility of enzymes to certain environmental factors

Establishing a Baseline Ecology of a Creek Ecosystem
Students will investigate the physical, chemical and biological parameters necessary to establish an ecological baseline

"FOOD TYPE = ? CALORIES / SQUARE METER"
Why is eating plant products is more efficient than eating animal products?

Gaia: The Wisdom of the Earth
Introduction to a controversial new theory that offers an explanation for the organization and function of the Earth

"Getting to Know All About You"
Students to learn each other's name and at the same time get them familiar with some common endangered species

Green Space in the City
Understanding the impact of society on an urban green space

How Much Land Does It Take To Produce Your Food?
Calculating the amount of land required to produce the food eaten by an individual for one year and comparing it to the amount of land required to produce animal versus plant products

Human Populations Studies
"The Ghost of Populations Past".....

Introduction to Measurement
About the history and procedure of measurement: English and metric

Investigating the Biosphere with Planetary Models
Using computers to model living systems

Just Say No To Risky AIDS Behaviors
A card game to study the spread of AIDS

Lotic Environment Lesson Plans
Test and experiment with a natural environment inside the classroom

Making The Geologic Time Scale Real
Translating geologic time periods into physical measurements

Population Dynamics of Growth of Drosophila
Flies...flies.....everywhere!

Rainforests of Madagascar: Role Playing and Decision Making
Solve global environmental problems by modeling roles of individuals involved in the exploitation, destruction and protection of the threatened rainforests of the island of Madagascar

Raising an Animal
Observe reproduction and behavior in several types of animals

Signal Transmission in the Nervous System
Students determine the speed of nervous transmission in an integrated nervous system and learn the differences between signal transmission in a single neuron and in a nervous system

Subsurface Contamination of Groudwater
Students determine how difficult it is to study subsurface contaminants contained in underground storage tanks

Surface Tension Grabbers
A few quick activities that allow students to comprehend what surface tension is

Teaching Controversial Science Issues Through Law Related Education
Understanding evolution and creation science theories using law related education as a vehicle

Teaching about the Rainforest - Classroom Ideas
A variety of activities to explore the ecology of rainforests

The Consequences of Extinction
Designed to help students to understand and appreciate the reasons why each type of organism, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, can be important in the functioning of an ecosystem

The Effect of Math Anxiety on Cardiovascular Homeostasis
Measuring and analyzing heart rates when stressed or at rest

The Opposable Thumb
Provide students with various opportunities to understand the physical importance of the opposable thumb among primates

The Predator-Prey Simulation
Student simulate the interactions between a predator population of lynx and a prey population of rabbits in a meadow

The Right to Die - A Role Playing Activity
Students consider the problems inherent in this dilemma through role play

Trophic Ecology of Humans
Students will analyze the place of humans among the trophic levels by observing what we eat

Turkeys in the Cell -- The Meiosis Square Dance
An activity to demonstrate that synapsis as the key event in meiosis and explain how synapsis leads to the formation of haploid gametes!

Using A Winogradsky Column to Analyze Microbial Communities
Using easily obtained materials to study ecological succession in a microbiological community

Waste Management
The purpose of this unit is to make students aware of the amount of trash they generate, the problems that result, and possible solutions

Water Taste Test
A rating system used to judge the quality of the water sampled reinforces the concept that water is not just H2O

What Does Your "Homunculus" Look Like?
Determining the density of touch receptors in various parts of the body on the right hand side

What Is The Concept?
Students systemically determine the concept that the waste items placed in a "yes" category are biodegradable and those in the "no" category are not

Wilderness Survival: A Field Practicum
The survival practicum places students in a position of total immersion within a local wilderness area


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