Educator Resources

Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, students and faculty at the Institute of Arctic Studies are developing lesson plans for use in K-12 classrooms.

lichens

The World of Lichens module includes a student-driven project and gives students hands-on practice with the scientific method.

catepillar

The Rates of Change, Exponential Growth, and Logarithms module uses caterpillars to illustrate rates of change, exponential growth, and logarithms.  

Lesson Modules

The World of Lichens

Lichens are incredible symbiotic organisms that can survive in some of the harshest environments on Earth. They serve important roles in ecosystems as pioneering species, and they are used by earth scientists to learn about the timing of past events and to monitor pollution. The World of Lichens module includes a student-driven project and gives students hands-on practice with the scientific method.

Rates of Change, Exponential Growth, and Logarithms: The effects of temperature on caterpillar growth rate

This lesson and activity uses biological data on the response of organisms to temperature change to illustrate the mathematical concepts of rates of change, exponential growth, and logarithms.  

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