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Author:Charles Onstad, Director
Description: The Federal laboratories' Involvement in Research in Science and Technology for Science Teacher Enhancement (FIRST STEP) combined the expertise of research scientists and science teachers to bring actual research into middle school classrooms. Lessons include two on the life cycle of corn ear worms; Identify "Killer" Bees (using measurement and graphing); How CO2 Affects Plant Growth (greenhouse effect); Seed Germination (the need to scarify some seeds); Nutrient Deficiency in Plants (hydroponic cultivation); Impact of Heat on Plant Growth (acquired thermo-tolerance); Environmental Pollution (stabilizing runoff from fertilizer); Saving Trees (making paper from other materials); Fish Respiration (build a counter current exchange model); Plant Root System Development (effect of temperature); Dead or Alive (testing viability of seeds); and Depth and Germination: Are They Related? and Compacted Soil: Does It Impact Plant Growth? Each lesson consists of an introduction, research background, goal, objectives, materials needed, procedures, evaluation, extension, resources, and bibliography. FIRST STEP received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and United States Department of Agriculture/ Agriculture Research Service/ Southern Plans Area (USDA/ARS/SPA).

Levels: Middle School (6-8)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Lesson Plans and Activities
Math Topics: Animal Biology, Plant Biology, Ecology

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