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Fall Lesson Plans

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Fall Lesson Plans

It’s Fall, Y’all — or it soon will be. Check out our lengthy list of fall lesson plans.

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Bison Lesson Plans

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Bison Lesson Plans

Zoo animals like lions and tigers may be exciting, but we have a native animal that’s just as big and exciting: the bison. A study of bison can liven up a study on Native Americans, pioneers, the West, or the Great Plains. They’re also a fun animal study subject. FreshPlans visited some bison at the National Wildlife Research Center in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Can you see the bison in the picture below? He doesn’t look very big, right? Up close, these are very big animals. They came up pretty close to get a good look at us, so we got a good look at them, too. We saw bison...

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FreshPlans Visits a Salt Mine

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FreshPlans Visits a Salt Mine

FreshPlans checked out Strataca, a museum at a working salt mine in Hutchinson, Kansas. We had the opportunity to go 650 feet down below the surface and see part of the mine. We learned a lot about salt! There are still salt miners working in Hutchison, mining salt used on icy roads. This part of the mining industry, the nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying industry, is not expected to grow in the future, but it’s essential work right now and an important part of the history of Hutchinson. In fact, it’s an important part of the history of the Midwest, way back when it was...

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Flowers Study Guide

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Flowers Study Guide

When we study living things, we like to include four topics: morphology life cycles habitats relationships with humans The morphology (study of the form) of flowers includes the parts of the flower and what each part does, as well as the different kinds of flowers. Start by introducing or reviewing the morphology of a flower: Download The Parts of a Flower Powerpoint Presentation for a clear introduction to the parts of a flower. Have students bring flowers to class and dissect them. (If you are in a setting in which students may not have easy access to wildflowers or flowers in their own...

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FreshPlans Visits the Sternberg Museum of Natural History

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FreshPlans Visits the Sternberg Museum of Natural History

The Sternberg Museum of Natural History is a bit of a surprise. Tucked away in a residential neighborhood in Hays, Kansas, the museum is unprepossessing from the outside. It grew out of the local fossils collections originally housed at the Kansas State Normal School, founded in 1902, which later became Ft. Hayes State University. George F. Sternberg was in charge of gathering all the exhibits together into a museum that could share this wealth of specimens and knowledge. Sternberg found his first major fossil, a complete plesiosaur, in 1892. He was 9 years old at the time. Here are the...

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Heating and Cooling Lesson Plans

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Heating and Cooling Lesson Plans

The science of heating and cooling is perfect for hands-on experiences and thought experiments. Add polar bears for maximum fun!

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