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All in the Clouds
This is an activity on cloud classification and weather prediction that teaches students to observe natural phenomena in local skies. Students work individually and in groups to record daily outdoor observations, drawing cloud formations and...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Atmospheric Science, Cloud Shapes, Classifying Clouds


Canoes and Buoyant Force
This lesson introduces the concept of buoyant force and how the shape and weight of objects can influence their ability to float. Students will use a spring scale to measure the buoyant force exerted on their handmade canoes, thereby conducting...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Forces, Buoyancy


Drinking Water in Arid Climates
This is an activity on water condensation that illustrates to students how water droplets collect on surfaces under certain circumstances. Students measure condensation formed in their water traps and chart the results over several days. They...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Atmospheric Science, Water Cycle, Condensation


Finding the Center of Gravity
This lesson on finding an object's center of gravity teaches students about gravitational force and the influence of object mass. Students observe, test, and record how objects behave in the pull of gravity. Team activity and class discussion...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Forces, Gravity


Indian Bread-root -- Turnips
This is an activity focused on dietary vitamins from edible plants that teaches students about good nutrition and the importance of plants as food sources. Students discuss the types of plants commonly eaten by humans and learn that different plant...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Sciences, Food & Nutrition, Vitamins


Insect Mouth Parts
This is a series of classroom activities that teach students about the diversity of structure within the insect world and how those structures affect insect behavior. Students observe, compare, and describe -- both verbally and in writing -- how...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Science, Insects, Insect Morphology


Mapping Circular Movements
This is a lesson on describing and mapping circular movement, to teach students about position and motion in the physical world. Students participate as a group in an American Indian round dance, learning how motion changes their positions in the...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Position & Motion, Paths & Maps


Native American Seed Jewelry
This is a single-activity lesson that encourages students in visual arts using natural products. Students create jewelry from various plant seeds, a traditional art among Native Americans. Class discussion about the uses of plants reinforces...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Biological Science, Plants, Seeds


Native Uses for Buffalo
This is a multi-part activity on optimizing natural resources that encourages students to think about best utilizing your own environment. Students learn and discuss the many uses by Native Americans of buffalo byproducts. Student-created buffalo...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Sciences, Environments, Optimizing Resources


Powwow Percussion Sounds
This is a multi-activity lesson that teaches students about sound through native songs, dances, and sound-makers. Students watch and listen to different powwow dances and music, then compare and describe these in group activity and discussions, in...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Sound, Bells


Preventing Soil Erosion
This activity teaches students about the role of plant growth in protecting the Earth from soil erosion. Students observe and discuss examples of soil erosion in photographs and in their own environment. They develop hypotheses connecting plant...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Science, Plants, Erosion Control


Rocks and Sand as Art Objects
This is a multi-activity lesson on soils and rocks that teaches students about diversity in the natural world. Students collect and examine rock and soil samples, then describe those samples in individual and group activities. Students also make...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Earth Science, Rock and Soil, Form and Composition


Social Behavior of Ants
This is a lesson on ants that teaches students about social interactions within the insect world and how colonies of social insects work together toward a common goal. Students set up an experiment to observe and record the cooperative...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Science, Insects, Social Behaviors


Soil Type Identification
This is a classroom-activity lesson on the diversity and composition of soil types. Students collect, examine, and categorize soil samples found locally. Each student conducts a settling-rate experiment on his/her soil sample after predicting the...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Earth Science, Rock & Soil, Soil Composition


Sorting Plants by Structure and Appearance
This is a multi-activity lesson on plant classification that teaches students about the diversity of the plant world and about the many criteria on which plants can be sorted into categories. Students observe, compare, and sort plants and plant...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Science, Plants, Classification


Star Patterns in the Sky
This is an astronomy lesson on constellations that teaches students about distinctive star formations we see in the night skies. Students create visual images and written descriptions of their own imaginary constellation. They also work in groups...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Planetary Science, Constellations, Star Gazing


Sun-dried Foods
This is a classroom activity on food dehydration that demonstrates the concepts of food preservation and of atmospheric humidity. Students predict which types of food contain the highest percentage of water, then air-dry their foods in the...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Atmospheric Science, Humidity, Dehydrating Foods


The Plains as a Food Web
This is a multi-activity lesson on food webs that teaches students about the interconnections among landscapes, animals, plants, and humans. Students research animals and plants indigenous to a particular landform (plains), using source materials...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Earth Science, Landforms, Landscapes and Food Webs


Thunder and Lightning in Native America
This is a language arts lesson that uses native legends about lightning and thunder to show students that story-telling and story-writing are important aspects of human cultures. Students write and illustrate their own stories, after hearing two...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Physical Science, Electricity


Travel by Travois
This is a multi-part activity on environments that encourages students to think about ways in which humans adapt to their surroundings. Students discuss how to limit which items to take during travel, similar to problem-solving decisions made for...    View Details »

Key Concepts: Life Sciences, Ecosystems, Human Adaptation