Free Curriculum and Resources

Free Curriculum and Resources


 

Climate Change

Climate Change and the Water Cycle

 

10-hour Unit

Target audience: 6th-12th Grade Students

 

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Increased temperatures and altered precipitation will make water, a limited resource in the arid southwestern United States, even scarcer in many locations. With the aim of fostering climate literacy in our future citizens, we partnered with the USDA Southwest Climate Hub to create an engaging, fun, and scientifically rigorous education unit that is aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

 

The Effects of Climate Change on Agricultural Systems

 

5-hour Unit

Target Audience: 6th-12th Grade Students

 

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As the climate changes, increased temperatures and extreme events are predicted in the southwestern United States, which could impact crop productivity and food security. We partnered with the USDA Southwest Climate Hub to design an engaging, fun, and scientifically rigorous education unit aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

 

Climate Change and the Carbon Cycle

 

3-hour Unit

Target Audience: 9th-12th Grade Students

 

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This unit was designed to introduce 9-12th grade students to climate change, the carbon cycle, and the effects of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide on Earth’s climate. We partnered with the USDA Southwest Climate Hub to design this rigorous high-school level education unit aligned with Common Core State Standards and the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards.

 

Where’s Our Water?

Water Conservation in the Southwest

 

45-minute Lesson

Target Audience: 6th-8th Grade Students

 

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In this standalone lesson, students will interpret graphs to explore the causes of water shortages in the Southwestern United States and predict future conditions. They watch a video about traditional and current water conservation methods and then design, build, and test their own water conservation system. This lesson can be completed in-class, remotely, or as a homework assignment with suggested modifications.

 

 


 

Sustainable Southwest Beef

Are You This Cow’s Herd?

 

3rd Grade Lesson

 

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After an introduction to traits and several types of cows, students visit six hands-on stations to gather data to compare a lost cow’s traits to the traits of other cattle types. They analyze and interpret these data to help a rancher reunite the lost cow with her herd.

Don’t Fence Me In

 

5th Grade Lesson

 

Coming Soon!

Students are introduced to a precision ranching tool currently being studied by scientists in the southwestern United States that combines the Global Positioning System (GPS) with novel virtual fencing that has the potential to improve cattle management and protect Earth’s natural resources.

Solving the Beef

 

Game for ages 12+

 

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This competitive game encourages players to think broadly, innovatively, and creatively. This is a game of divergent and innovative thinking, with a bit of luck. The game will be updated regularly by Asombro educators.

Get Out and Graze


6th – 12th Grade Lesson

 

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Students learn about heritage livestock as they play the roles of Angus and Raramuri Criollo cattle grazing on a rangeland under abundant and then limited forage conditions caused by climate change.

Evaluating Solutions for Sustainable Ranching in the Southwest

 

9th – 12th Grade Lesson

 

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Students will evaluate one of three solutions that hold promise for creating more sustainable beef production in the southwest and present that solution.

 

 


 

Mini Data Jam – Middle and High School Data Challenge

 

 

Target Audience: 6th-12th Grade Students

 

Challenge your science, math, and creative skills! In this Mini Data Jam, we explain how to find trends in real scientific data and then turn your data trends into songs, models, crafts, and more to communicate your findings to others.

 

Let's Jam!

 


Three Lesson Module: Students Using LandPKS to Share Data, Information, and Knowledge

 

Target Audience: 5th-8th Grade Students

 

Students participate in hands-on activities that introduce them to soil indicators. Working in groups, learners collect data on soil properties, land cover, and other characteristics of one or more sites in the schoolyard or local area. They then use the data they collected to generate Land Capability Classifications (LCCs) using the LandPKS app. Finally, students apply their new knowledge of LCCs to design a possible solution to a land management dilemma.

 

To ensure adherence with best pedagogical practices and educational standards, lessons are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards for grades 5 – 8 in the U.S. The concepts and activities are also relevant for older students and adults.

 

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Glimpse of the Chihuahuan Desert

 

Target Audience: 4th-5th Grade Students

 

 

This 4th and 5th grade, English and Spanish language activity guide was developed by the Asombro Institute for Science Education. The seven hands-on activities are designed to accompany the bilingual book Glimpse of the Chihuahuan Desert by retired teacher and Asombro volunteer Patricia Mihok.

 

Every activity includes a teacher’s guide (with background information in both English and Spanish), Spanish student worksheets, English student worksheets, and answer keys with sample data. Activities are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards. Asombro hosts teacher workshops and loans kits of supplies to teachers who would like to implement the activities with their classes. Please contact the Asombro office for more information.

 


Pre- and Post-Field Trip Activities

 

Access our teacher’s handbook and student workbook for field trips by clicking the links below. The teacher handbook includes background information, pre-field trip activities, and post-field trip activities.

 

3RD – 5TH GRADE

Teacher’s Handbook (PDF)

Student Workbook (PDF)

 

6th – 8th Grade

Teacher’s Handbook (PDF)

Student Workbook (PDF)