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  • 4-H Science Blast in the Class! Teacher's Guide

    Description:

    This curriculum includes a variety of hands-on lesson plans, including experiments for first grade through high school. Lessons are grouped by grade level within content areas. Materials can be used in a variety of formal and informal environments.

  • Abrams Planetarium Sky Calendar

    Description:

    MSU's Abrams Planetarium offers the Sky Calendar, which promotes skywatching for people of all ages. The sheet for each month takes the form of a calendar; diagrams in the boxes invite the reader to track the moon's rapid motion past the planets and bright stars of the zodiac, as well as to follow the more leisurely pace of the planets in their conjunctions with bright stars and other planets. The Sky Calendar has become the nation's most highly illustrated easy-to-follow guide to sky events. It is reproduced by classroom teachers for their students, by planetariums and astronomy clubs for their members, and by park interpreters for audiences at sky talks. A full-year subscription is available, starting any time.

  • Aquatic Invasive Species Fact Sheets

    Location:

    http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/publications/fact-sheets/aquatic-invasive-species/ 

    Description:

    MSU Extension, through the Michigan Sea Grant, provides fact sheets on the following aquatic invasive species:

    • Aquatic Invasive Species in Michigan
    • Asian Carp
    • Ballast Water
    • Eurasian Watermilfoil
    • Phragmites Removal and Monitoring
    • Purple Loosestrife in Michigan
    • Quagga Mussel
    • Sea Lamprey
    • Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) in the Great Lakes
    • Zebra Mussel
  • Center for Global Change and Earth Observations

    Location:

    218 Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI, 48823

    Description:

    The overarching goal of CGCEO is to contribute to the understanding of the interrelations among human, land, and climate systems in an international context, as reflected in MSU’s Boldness by Design. Building on existing strength in interdisciplinary approaches to understand the social processes, land use and land cover patterns and processes, and environmental impacts and responses at regional to global scales, the Center addresses the following key science questions:

    How are social processes altering and impacting global environmental dynamics? How do these changes, in turn, respond to and affect land and human systems?

    The research activities at the Center attempt to identify, understand and model land surface processes; determine and quantify socioeconomic root causes of and responses to global change, and assess human/animal health and ecosystem services.

  • CoastWatch Reporting System Website

    Description:

    The Sea Grant CoastWatch Website provides the latest available information on Great Lakes surface water temperatures. Sea Grant CoastWatch captures National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration CoastWatch data from satellites that pass over the lakes four times daily, then presents the latest good images to viewers as isothermic maps. CoastWatch site visitors can select from five lakewide, 16 regional and 42 port maps of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario.

  • Connected Mathematics Project and Curriculum

    Description:

    The Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) is a complete mathematics curriculum for middle school teachers and students. It helps students and teachers develop an understanding of important mathematical concepts, skills, procedures, and ways of thinking and reasoning, in number, geometry, measurement, algebra, probability and statistics. CMP is based on research, and was field-tested in diverse sites across the country with approximately 45,000 students and 390 teachers. A growing body of research and evaluation reports indicates that CMP outperforms non-CMP curricula on tests of problem-solving ability, equals or outperforms non-CMP curricula on skills tests, and promotes long term retention.

  • Forest Biomass Innovation Center (Escanaba, MI)

    Location:

    6005 J Road, Escanaba, MI, 49829.

    Description:

    The 1,745-acre MSU Forest Biomass Innovation Center in Escanaba is leading a number of initiatives to increase the sustainable use of wood in Michigan’s expanding bioeconomy. This wood will come from the surplus growing in the forests and from willow and poplar energy plantations on marginal farm land in the northern parts of the state. Work focuses on increasing yields, decreasing costs, reducing greenhouse gas and energy losses, retaining rural jobs, and improving supply chain efficiencies. Research at the center also focuses on forest genetics, silviculture and forested wetland management.

  • Great Lakes Echo News Portal

    Description:

    The Great Lakes Echo news portal is a daily digest of environmental stories that appear in daily newspapers, as well as original reporting by MSU's Knight Center students and MSU's Capital News Service students. One-sentence summaries of each story are linked to the full versions. Subscribers can receive the digest by e-mail or RSS feed.

  • Internet Resources for IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Curriculum

    Location:

    http://www.ipm.msu.edu/community_and_home/schools/inter

    Description:

    There are many great resources available to teachers and schools to learn more about pests, pesticides and IPM. There are also many curricular resources that can be used to supplement IPMactivities in the classroom.

  • IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Resources for the Agricultural Industry

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The food and agriculture industry in Michigan contributes $91.4 billion annually to the state’s economy, and its contribution is growing, increasing more than 50 percent from 2004 to 2010. In truly integrated fashion, our links in the navigational bar (see left) span the management of insects, weeds, plant diseases and advice for keeping crops healthy to resist plant damage.  Resources are available on the following topics:

    • Christmas Trees
    • Fruit
    • Field Crops
    • Organic Agriculture
    • Urban Agriculture
    • Vegetables
  • Michigan State University Press

    Location:

    MSU Press, Suite 25 Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Michigan State University Press, the scholarly publishing arm of MSU, helps carry out the Institution's land-grant mission through the publication of research and intellectual inquiry that make significant contributions to scholarship in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

  • Microbe Zoo

    Description:

    MSU's Center for Microbial Ecology houses the Microbe Zoo, a digital learning center, which helps K-12 students discover and learn about the importance and use of hidden microbes. The zoo include four areas:

    • The Microbe Zoo
    • Microbes in the News
    • Meet the Scientists
    • Microbial Ecology Resources
  • Midwest Invasive Species Information Network

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) is a regional effort to develop and provide an early detection and rapid response (EDRR) resource for invasive species.  The goal of this regional resource is to assist both experts and citizen scientists in the detection and identification of invasive species in support of the successful management of invasive species.

  • MSU Libraries

    Location:

    Main Library: 100 Library (on West Circle Drive), MSU, E. Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The MSU Libraries collections include more than 4 million volumes, 28,000 serial subscriptions (in print and electronic form), 5 million items in microfilm and microfiche, 200,000 maps and 40,000 sound recordings. The Libraries include extensive holdings in history, the social sciences, languages and literature, area studies, medicine, agriculture, and general sciences as well as several specialized, interest-specific collections.

  • National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory Online Library

    Location:

    View locations of resources here: http://groups.nscl.msu.edu/nscl_library/newdir.htm

    Description:

    MSU's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) Online Library provides individuals with current and permanent journals, nuclear preprints online, and a book master list. This site also provides links to upcoming conferences, nuclear isotope data, nuclear physics journals and preprints, the World Wide Web Virtual Library: Nuclear Physics, and MSU Libraries.

  • Native Plants and Ecosystem Services

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This Website provides information and recommendations for habitat management that include maintaining or planting species that provide floral resources in or near crop fields, orchards and vineyards. Resources available include: Plant fact sheets; images; regional plant lists; publications; and teaching tools.

  • Spartan Youth Programs Website

    Description:

    The Spartan Youth Programs Website is a catalog of the programs and activities MSU offers to preK through 12th graders on a variety of topics, including: agriculture; animal care; art, drama, and music; business; college preparation; computers; engineering; leadership skills; math and science; social studies; sports and fitness; and writing and language.

  • Spud Database: Potato Genomics Resource

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Spud DB is a collection of datasets and data-mining tools to view and analyze the potato genome, including tools to facilitate breeding improved cultivars.

  • Virtual Museum Science Field Trips

    Description:

    The MSU Museum offers a Virtual Outreach Program for teachers who want to provide their students with fun and meaningful learning experiences without the expense, permission forms, and geographic limitations of ordinary field trips. These exciting virtual field trips use videoconferencing technology to bring the expertise of professionals right into the classroom. Students, teachers, and museum staff can all see and hear each other via the video and voice connections, and because everything happens in real time, it's almost like being there. The field trips are based on science curriculum areas and follow the Michigan Curriculum Standards, making them easy to fit into existing lesson plans.

  • Wildlife & Natural History Q-Line

    Location:

    Online at the Website below.

    Description:

    This Website is a helpful resource for investigating Michigan's native (and sometimes non-native) wildlife and other natural objects, and for helping to solve problems when people and wild animals come into conflict. Visitors can also find resources for learning more about natural wonders and backyard curiosities.

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