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Lesson Plans Created with Partner Teachers

What's in your water? Wyoming's Link to the Global Community
Students will investigate the role that science plays in society, and work together to develop a remediation plan for a real-world groundwater arsenic contamination problem in Wyoming. To do this, they will draw on principles of: geology, chemistry, environmental science, biology and medicine.

Lesson 1: Ground Water: The Water Beneath Our Feet
Lesson 2: Coal-bed Methane Production: Who Polluted the Water?
Lesson 3: Arsenic and Human Health: An Introduction to Toxicology
Lesson 4: How Safe Is Your Water? An Introduction to Water Quality Testing
Lesson 5: Remediation and Consensus: Real-World Complexities

Lesson Plans Created by Former Science Posse Fellows


Sherry Adrianos: Isolating DNA from Fruit
Jacque Keele: Introduction to Genetics

Brandon Munk: Disease Susceptibility and Transmission: The Epidemiologist's Dilemma

Nancy Van Dyke: 
Plants and People: Nutrition and Technology


Clark Cotton:
Cellular Basis for Cardiac Function and the Relationship to Metabolic Rate
Lesson Plan
Module 1 PowerPoint
Module 2 PowerPoint and Worksheet
Module 3 PowerPoint and Worksheet
Module 4 Worksheet
Module 5 Worksheet

Shawna McBride:
The Brain: What Is Going on in There?
The Brain, Learning and Stress

Megan Schnorenberg:
Was Bluebeard Just a Lucky Pirate? A Lesson on Vectors
Unit Plan
Student Handout

Tim Brothers:
The World Is a Toy Box: An Introduction to Engineering and Robotics
Lesson Overview

Ethan McMahan:
Psychology Mock Trials

Maggie Renken:
Human Behavior and Adaptation
Lesson 1: Can you train your parents?
      PowerPoint      Student Handout
Lesson 2: Do fish feel fear?
      PowerPoint      Student Handout  
Lesson 3: Is yawning contagious?
      PowerPoint      Student Handout
Lesson 4: Are you dreaming?
      PowerPoint      Student Handout

Jonathan Hoffman:
Geologic Time
Lesson Plan
Absolute Time and Radioactive Decay
Extra Radioactive Decay Exercise
Relative Dating Worksheet
Uncle Harrold

Eric Anderson:
Climate Factors, Green House Gases and Global Warming
Lesson Overview     

Luke Dosiek:  
Fun with Electricity

Lesson 1: Electric Circuits

Lesson 2: Electricity and Magnetism

Lesson 3: Storage of Electrical Energy

Jamie Crait:
Nature's Laboratory: Ecology in Your Backyard and Beyond
Lesson Overview
Lesson 1: PowerPoint and Handout 1 and Handout 2
Lesson 2: PowerPoint and Handout
Lesson 3: PowerPoint

Liz Flaherty:
Ecosystem Management: Interactions between Sea Otters and Killer Whales
Lesson 1
     Activity 1 Worksheet      Activity 3 Worksheet      Assessment
Lesson 2
      Station Photos      Station Questions
Lesson 4
      Activity 2 Worksheet      Worksheet and Assessment Activity
Lesson 5
      Activity 1 Assessment      Activity 2 Assessment
Killer Whale and Sea Otter PowerPoint
Estes et al. Article
Using Wyoming Wildlife Research to Teach Biology: How will the pine bark beetle outbreak impact least chipmunks?
Lesson Plan Outline
Lesson 1 Worksheet

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