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With support from the National Science Foundation, Science NetLinks has developed and reviewed a number of resources around the social, behavioral, and economic sciences.
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Lessons

  • Seeing Eye to Eye with the Umpire

    Seeing Eye to Eye with the Umpire

    6-8  |  Hands-On
    In this activity, students have an opportunity to compare the human system of calling balls and strikes with the electronic umpire system.
  • Endangered Languages

    Endangered Languages

    6-8  
    This lesson introduces students to the science of linguistics and endangered languages.
  • The Illusion of Race

    The Illusion of Race

    6-8  |  Interactive
    The goal of this lesson is to have students investigate both genetic and societal consequences of these often-artificial and evolving classifications.
  • My School as a System

    My School as a System

    6-8  
    In this lesson, students will explore systems; they will think about their schools as systems, focusing on a social rather than scientific understanding of the concept.
  • Lying

    Lying

    6-8  
    In this lesson, students learn about many different aspects about lying—what it is, why we do it, and how we do it.
  • Learn to Think Like an Archaeologist

    Learn to Think Like an Archaeologist

    6-8  |  Hands-On
    In this lesson, students will practice artifact analysis and interpretation by studying prehistoric and historic artifacts.
  • Understanding Stereotypes

    Understanding Stereotypes

    6-8  
    In this lesson, students will confront age-related stereotypes, explore how stereotyping impacts their lives, and discuss how they can make changes to reduce overgeneralizations, unfair assumptions, and uncritical judgments about groups.
  • Belonging to a Group

    Belonging to a Group

    9-12  
    In this lesson, students will look at group behaviors, dynamics, and purpose.
  • Influencing Cultures

    Influencing Cultures

    9-12  
    In this lesson, students explore what factors influence a change in culture amongst a community or group of people.
  • Novice Drivers

    Novice Drivers

    9-12  
    In this lesson students explore the concept of social trade-offs in the context of graduated driver licensing.
  • Exploring Human History

    Exploring Human History

    9-12  |  Website
    In this lesson, students will learn that anthropology is divided into four main subdivisions and anthropologists often work in more than one subdivision at the same time.
  • Immigration

    Immigration

    9-12  
    In this lesson, students will explore some of the effects that immigration in the United States has had on immigrants and American society as a whole.
  • Opinion Surveys

    Opinion Surveys

    9-12  
    This lesson introduces students to factors that can affect the accuracy of opinion surveys.
  • Population Dynamics

    Population Dynamics

    9-12  
    In this lesson, students will consider the complex forces that contribute to the growth of the world’s human population.
  • Genes, Environments, and Behavior 1

    Genes, Environments, and Behavior 1

    9-12  
    This lesson focuses on how behavior is defined by scientists and on the genetic and environmental forces that interact to shape behavior.
  • Genes, Environments, and Behavior 2

    Genes, Environments, and Behavior 2

    9-12  
    This lesson helps students understand how scientists study the genetic and environmental factors that interact to produce variation in behavior across a population.

Tools

  • Chimps, Humans, Thumbs, and Tools

    Chimps, Humans, Thumbs, and Tools

    6-8  |  Hands-On
    This resource is a lesson plan for teachers that includes hands-on activities to help students learn about tools.
  • Dexterity and Early Tools

    Dexterity and Early Tools

    6-8  |  Website
    This resource from the PBS Evolution Library discusses how early stone tool making marks an important juncture in evolution.
  • Center for Desert Archaeology Exhibits

    Center for Desert Archaeology Exhibits

    6-12  |  Website
    This resource, developed by The Center for Desert Archaeology, consists of online exhibits that illustrate key concepts in preservation archaeology and the prehistory of the American Southwest and Mexican Northwest.
  • Conflict in the Modern World

    Conflict in the Modern World

    6-12  |  Website
    This module from the Making the Modern World website examines the role that conflict has played in the making of the modern world.
  • Greek Vase Painting Project

    Greek Vase Painting Project

    9-12  |  Website
    This project, created by an archaeologist and a ceramicist, is multidisciplinary in nature and introduces students to Greek vase painting and culture.
  • Migration Station

    Migration Station

    6-12  |  Interactive
    This resource from the National Geographic uses a virtual train station to promote understanding of why people migrate.
  • Population Pyramids and Us

    Population Pyramids and Us

    6-12  |  Website
    Introduce students to a basic tool in demography—the population pyramid—which is used as a blueprint for interpreting the dynamics of a population.
  • African Language Diversity

    African Language Diversity

    9-12  |  Website
    In this resource, students are introduced to the study of languages, known as linguistics, and explore the linguistic categorization of African languages—including an examination of the possible causes for, and effects of, such language diversity.
  • Can You Behave Randomly?

    Can You Behave Randomly?

    9-12  |  Website
    Chris Wetzel, from the Rhodes College Department of Psychology, created this resource to help you understand the concept of randomness by having them try to behave randomly.
  • Economics Interactive Tutorials

    Economics Interactive Tutorials

    9-12  |  Interactive
    This resource, created by Samuel L. Baker of the University of South Carolina, consists of 13 interactive tutorials on economics.
  • Economic Sectors and International Development

    Economic Sectors and International Development

    9-12  |  Teaching Aid
    From EconEdLink, this resource is actually a lesson in which students, using poverty rate as a measure of development, compare how resources are allocated to three economic sectors: agriculture, industry, and service.
  • Estuaries: Finding the Balance

    Estuaries: Finding the Balance

    9-12  |  Teaching Aid
    Students can use this resource from the National Geographic to examine the conflict between development and the environment by focusing on estuaries across the United States.
  • Kinship and Social Organization

    Kinship and Social Organization

    9-12  |  Website
    In this tool, students are introduced to kinship, defined as the most basic principle of organizing individuals into social groups, roles, and categories.
  • MapMachine

    MapMachine

    9-12  |  Interactive
    This MapMachine resource from National Geographic provides maps of basically any location on earth.
  • Peanuts & Crackerjacks

    Peanuts & Crackerjacks

    9-12  |  Interactive
    This tool teaches basic economics through the economics of professional sports (baseball, football, basketball, and hockey).
  • The United States/Mexico Border

    The United States/Mexico Border

    9-12  |  Teaching Aid
    In this lesson, students research daily life, industries, and the political situation along the United States/Mexico border.

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Some of the above content was created with support from the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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