Download This Lesson: Seed Germination Competition
Brief Description: Students will sprout seeds in different conditions to learn how seeds germinate.
Brief Description: Students will research the revival of Maine’s Fiber industry with the establishment of small farms and mills. Using a map of Maine students will use computers to visit specific web-sites to learn about modern Maine fiber production.
Download This Lesson: CAUTION: Chemicals
Brief Description: Students will use this lesson to understand cause and effect by seeing how chemicals can spread through soil as well as endanger plants and animals. They will conduct an experiment, observe, and draw conclusions as to why chemicals should not be the first choice when it comes to controlling pests.
Download This Lesson: More Than Just Dust Bunnies
Brief Description: Students will learn about dust and its components using slides and microscopes. After reading about the history of the microscope students will look at dust, small organisms in dust and dust allergies using wet and dry slides. Using pictures and graphs students will present their findings.
Download This Lesson: Hopper Hunt
Brief Description: Students must be very involved in this lesson where they will conduct a scientific simulation, analyze, and evaluate data. In conducting this simulation students will understand the migration and life cycle pattern of a “key alfalfa pest.”
Download This Lesson: A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words
Brief Description: The student’s goal in this lesson is to define biodiversity. They will do so by gathering, organizing, and analyzing information and creating a visual aid to help them better understand the meaning.
Download This Lesson: A Pest by Any Other Name
Brief Description: Students use critical thinking skills and conduct research on alternative methods to pest management. They will observe, graph, and interpret data while learning the role that insects play in nature. Students will also compare pests that are harmful and pests that are helpful.
Download This Lesson: Extreme Makeover
Brief Description: Students will research a topic by using multiple sources as well as mathematical functions, comparing and contrasting, and following verbal directions. Students will learn and understand the concept of life cycles, and recognize the similarities and differences in living organisms regarding their life stages and spans.
Download This Lesson: Nibble, Sip, and Grind
Brief Description: Students will learn about different insect mouth parts and how that impacts their diet. They will observe, compare and contrast the three types of mouth parts using new vocabulary from the lesson. Students will also make hypotheses and experiment using variations of the three feeding types.