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    University of Nebraska State Museum
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    This activity (on pages 19-24) introduces learners to the rain forest's layers—emergent, canopy, understory, and forest floor—and has learners make paper lianas (vines that live attached to...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 8 - 14 1 to 2 hours
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    University of Nebraska State Museum
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    This activity (on pages 13-18) has learners build a model tree and then figure out how to make their tree stand up by itself. This illustrates how the tall rain forest trees adapt to support a huge...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 8 - 14 1 to 2 hours
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    The Exploratorium
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    Play keep away from your cat by using a static charge to suspend a piece of tinsel in the air. This Exploratorium produced activity also features videos to help create and learn about this phenomenon.

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 6 - 14 5 to 10 minutes
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    American Museum of Natural History
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    In this activity, learners work in teams to study the observation skills essential to scientific research. Learners work in groups and lead one blindfolded member of the group to a tree and other...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 11 - 18 45 to 60 minutes
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    Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
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    In this online interactive, learners use fossils to infer temperatures 55 million years ago, at the sites where the fossils were found. Using their observation skills, learners examine fossils of...

    free Ages 11 - 18 10 to 30 minutes
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    National Health Museum
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    In this activity, learners calculate the number of milliliters of water a nearby tree transpires per day. First, teams of learners go outdoors to collect five leaves from a mulberry or cottonwood...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 14 - 18 4 to 24 hours
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    Lawrence Hall of Science
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    In this outdoor activity, learners cut through and investigate rotten logs and then make log-profile puzzles for each other. Learners cut through the limb to expose a vertical profile, study the...

    Over $20 per group Ages 8 - adult 45 to 60 minutes
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    Lawrence Hall of Science
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    In this outdoor activity and fun race, learners first find the most common type of tree in a forest site. Learners use a "transect," a kind of sampling technique, to estimate the number...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    Twin Cities Public Television
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    In this activity (on page 2 of the PDF under GPS: Cactus Activity), learners will develop their own version of a tool used by biologists, a dichotomous key, by collecting all their left shoes....

    free Ages 8 - 14 10 to 30 minutes