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Students explore the need for laws to protect our environment and standard of living. Inquiries emphasize the importance of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts and the concept of the Tragedy of the Commons. They perform an LD50 (lethal dose, 50%) experiment of a water pollutant on a population of brine shrimp and investigate the effects of nitrogen dioxide on plants. Kit includes enough materials for at least 30 students working in groups.
|Adult Brine Shrimp||1||Included|
|Pipets, 3 mL||15||Included|
|Compartmented Petri Dishes||60||Included|
|6 M Nitric Acid, 30 mL||1||Included|
|Rubber Stoppers, #0, 1-hole||5||Included|
|Rubber Stoppers, #4, 1-hole||5||Included|
|Copper Shot, 20 g||1||Included|
|Tubing, 10 ft||1||Included|
|Copper (II) Sulfate, 20%, 120 mL||1||Included|
|Synthetic Sea Salt||1||Included|
|Rigid Plastic Tubes||10||Included|
|Teacher's Manual and Reproducible Student Guide||1||Included|
|Beakers, 600 mL||5||Needed, Not included|
|Construction Paper||5||Needed, Not included|
|Bottles, 2 L||5||Needed, Not included|
|Bottles or Flasks, 1 L||3||Needed, Not included|
|Graduated Cylinders, 100 mL||2||Needed, Not included|
|Large Bucket||1||Needed, Not included|
|Bucket or Tub, 1 gal||1||Needed, Not included|
|Small Aquarium Pump||1||Needed, Not included|
|Scissors||Needed, Not included|
|Small Graduated Cylinders||Needed, Not included|
|Small Aquarium Nets||Needed, Not included|
|Goggles, Gloves, and Aprons||Needed, Not included|
|Goldfish® Crackers||Needed, Not included|
|Graphing Paper||Needed, Not included|
|Scientific Calculators||Needed, Not included|
|Springwater, 6 L||Needed, Not included|
|Access to Laboratory Hoods (or a well ventilated area)||Needed, Not included|
Inquiries in Science® is our exclusive series of hands-on kits specifically designed to help high school students understand abstract, hard-to-grasp science concepts. The series tracks well with most textbooks, and kit topics reflect state science standards and extensive educator input. Since Inquiries in Science® is modular, you can use the kits individually, as a strand, or as a series to teach biology, chemistry, and environmental science.
Field-tested in classrooms nationwide, Inquiries in Science® employs guided inquiry based on the 5E learning cycle of engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate. This inquiry-based approach also promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) practices. It enables students to:
Inquiries in Science® helps students build critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and encourages creativity, collaboration, and teamwork. It creates an environment in which you and your students work together as active learners.
Disciplines and topics addressed by the kits were organized and selected based on data from numerous sources, including the National Research Council's National Science Education Standards, AAAS's Project 2061 Science Benchmarks, NAEP's Science Framework, and state science education standards from across the US. In addition, the Inquiries in Science® content and activities reflect the science practices and engineering practices, core ideas, and crosscutting concepts outlined by the National Research Council's A Framework for K–12 Science Education (2011) and the Next Generation Science Standards (2013).
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