Science

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2022 All Hazards Preparedness Guide

2022 All Hazards Preparedness Guide

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle, and High school

The 2022 All Hazards Preparedness Guide is the product of a partnership between Pinellas County Emergency Management and the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education Program (NIE) to give students and their families the tools of All Hazards Preparedness and serve as a resource throughout the year.

English version
Text only version
Spanish version
Vietnamese version
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Alternate Times: Exploring Science Fiction Literature

Alternate Times: Exploring Science Fiction Literature
This publication is not available in print.

Grade levels: High school and College

Science fiction is a literature of imagination, of ideas and thought experiments, of “what if.” Setting a story in an unfamiliar environment allows authors to explore the potential consequences of political, social, technological and ecological change; of issues such as war, terrorism, climate change, pandemics and overpopulation; and the possible effects of these on individuals and society. Alternate Times: Exploring Science Fiction Literature introduces students and teachers to this vibrant and diverse genre. This publication was produced in partnership with the Altrusa International of Tampa Bay Wilma B. Hogan Foundation, the Catalina Marketing Charitable Foundation, the Frank E. Duckwall Foundation and the University of South Florida Humanities Institute.

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Arbor Day

Arbor Day
This publication is not available in print

Grade levels: Elementary and Middle school

Trees provide enormous environmental, social and economic benefits to our community. For example, trees remove pollutants from the atmosphere, improve water quality, reduce erosion and water runoff and provide wildlife habitat. Learn all about the benefits of trees and how you can help keep Tampa’s urban forest healthy and thriving with this NIE publication, created in partnership with TD Green Streets, the Arbor Day Foundation, the City of Tampa, the University of South Florida and the UF/IFAS Extension.

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Be Food Safe

Be Food Safe
This publication is not available in print.

Grade levels: Middle and High school

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths in this country can be traced to foodborne pathogens. ­That is why food safety is a serious matter. This publication, produced in partnership with Publix Super Markets Inc. and Florida Press Educational Services, will enhance your awareness of foodborne illnesses and how you and your family can stay healthy.

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Celebrating Tampa Bay’s wildlife and habitats

Celebrating Tampa Bay’s wildlife and habitats
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Grade levels: Middle and High school

Florida has a unique and diverse natural landscape. Only two states have more plant diversity than Florida, and 8 percent of Florida’s flora and fauna are found nowhere else in the world. This publication explores three types of ecosystems commonly found in west-central Florida: coastal, freshwater and upland. This publication was created in partnership with The Florida Aquarium, the Southwest Florida Water Management District and VISIT FLORIDA.

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Coasters 101

Coasters 101

Grade levels: Middle and High school

Your pulse quickens, your stomach churns, your eyes water, your heart rate increases, you lose all sense of time and space. You cannot tell which way is up, down or sideways. The effect of riding roller coasters is tremendous. This Coasters 101 educational poster, created in partnership with Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, explains what causes your sense of unbalance and excitement on a roller coaster. This poster will teach you all about physics.This poster has been updated to include new information focused on Falcon's Fury and the 2014 Florida Standards.

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Discovering Prehistoric Species

Discovering Prehistoric Species

Grade levels: Elementary and Middle school

Dinosaurs lived on earth for about 160 million years – from about 225 million years ago until about 65 million years ago. What did they look like? How did they act? What did they eat? Learn about these fascinating animals and the scientists who study them in Discovering Prehistoric Species, created in partnership with Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

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Do you Know Your H20?

Do you Know Your H20?

Grade levels: Middle and High school

Tampa Bay Water is the largest wholesale water supplier in Florida, providing high-quality drinking water to its members, who, in turn, supply water to more than 2.5 million residents of the Tampa Bay area. This publication, created by Tampa Bay Water and the Times NIE program, takes you on a water journey from rainfall to faucet – and everything in between. Students can explore ways they can keep drinking water safe and help conserve this precious resource.

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Earth Day 2022

Earth Day 2022
This publication is not available in print

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

Each Sunday in the Tampa Bay Times Homes section, UF/IFAS county Extension agents offer their expertise on topics including gardening, landscaping, natural resources, wildlife and much more to Times readers. This educational publication collects some of our favorite columns from 2020-2021 and pairs them with Florida Standards-aligned activities for the classroom and the home. This publication was created in partnership with UF/IFAS Extension.

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Everglades

Everglades
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Grade levels: Middle and High school

The Florida Everglades was once a vibrant, free-flowing wetland, known as the River of Grass. It covered 4,000 square miles in Central and South Florida, stretching from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes to Florida Bay. Over the last century, drainage and development reduced the Everglades to half its size. Take a Journey through the Everglades in the pages of this NIE tab.

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La Florida – Land of Flowers

La Florida – Land of Flowers: Ornamental Horticulture with Florida Native Plants
This publication is not available in print.

Grade levels: Middle and High school

La Florida focuses on the critical role that using native plants in ornamental horticulture can play in preserving native species, protecting Florida’s native habitats and ecosystems, and creating beautiful and sustainable ornamental landscapes. This publication was created in partnership with the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust and the Florida Native Plant Society.

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La Florida – Land of Flowers

La Florida, Land of Flowers (2021)

Grade levels: High school and College

As the global climate changes, coastal communities such as the Tampa Bay region of Florida face the prospect of rising seas, more frequent and intensive storm events, and changing precipitation patterns. Native plants are far more ecologically resilient, better able to withstand and recover from storms, floods, droughts, wildfires and other catastrophic events. Drought-resistant, fire-resistant and salt-tolerant Florida native plants are key tools in reducing the damaging ecological and landscape impacts of ever-hotter summers, increased wildfire risk, storm surge flooding and saltwater intrusion. This publication was created in partnership with the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust.

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Hernando Recycling 2019: Everything you need to know about recycling in Hernando County

Hernando Recycling 2019: Everything you need to know about recycling in Hernando County

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

Most of us don’t think about where our trash goes after we put it by the curb, but when we throw our trash “away,” it actually goes somewhere. Reducing the amount of trash going into the landfill saves tax money, reduces waste and extends the life of the landfill. In this publication, learn how you can make a difference in Hernando County.

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Hillsborough County Recycling Guide

Hillsborough County Recycling Guide

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

BILINGUAL

Reducing, reusing and recycling conserves natural resources, reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills, decreases pollution and saves energy. This publication, produced in partnership with Hillsborough County, will inform you all about waste reduction and recycling in Hillsborough County.

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Just the Facts: Vaccination protects

Just the Facts: Vaccination protects

Grade levels: Middle and High school

There’s a lot of information out there about vaccines and vaccinations, and it can get confusing. Just the Facts helps cut through the confusion by covering the basics of what vaccination is, how it works, what it protects against and why it is important. It also covers vaccine safety, busts some myths about vaccines and points to trustworthy sources for additional information. Just the Facts was created in partnership with Pfizer’s Independent Grants for Learning & Change program.

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Lights On Tampa 2014: Explore, engage, enjoy (MS)

Lights On Tampa 2014: Explore, engage, enjoy
This publication is not available in print.

Grade levels: Middle and High school

Lights On Tampa is a major cultural event that brings free, public access to light-based public art. This publication, created in partnership with the City of Tampa and Lights On Tampa, explores the art, science and technology of light by examining the artistic works making up Lights On Tampa 2015.

This publication is not available in print.

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 Pasco Recycling 2022

Pasco Recycling 2022

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

Recycling saves energy, money and the environment. Learn what can and can’t be recycled curbside in Pasco County and get up to date on the many recycling resources, programs and events available to Pasco County residents. This publication was created in partnership with Pasco County Recycling and Pasco County Schools.

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Pinellas County Citizen Scientist STEAM edition

Pinellas County Citizen Scientist STEAM edition

Grade levels: Middle and High school

Reducing, reusing and recycling conserves natural resources, reduces the amount of waste that must be landfilled or burned and decreases pollution and the demand for energy. This curriculum supplement features Florida Standards-aligned citizen scientist activities to help your students understand the environmental impact of single-use plastics, waste reduction and recycling. This publication was created in partnership with Pinellas County Solid Waste.

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Are You Recycling Right?

Pinellas County Recycle Guide 2022

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

This Recycle Guide is Pinellas County’s guide to resource management. Use this guide to sharpen your recycling and waste management skills and find out what goes where. This publication was created in partnership with Pinellas County Solid Waste.

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Protecting our Pipes: What not to flush

Protecting our Pipes: What not to flush

Grade levels: Middle school

BILINGUAL

Hillsborough County Water Resources provides more than 71 million gallons of drinking water to 704,285 people and treats about 45 million gallons of wastewater each day. This bilingual curriculum supplement, produced in partnership with Hillsborough County, includes Florida Standards-aligned activities to help students learn how to protect our water system and the environment.

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Severe Weather

Severe Weather
This publication is not available in print.

Grade levels: Elementary and Middle school

BILINGUAL

Being prepared for severe weather is critical to being able to survive it. In Florida, we face a variety of severe conditions, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, lightning, flooding and hurricanes. This bilingual (English/Spanish) teaching poster, created in partnership with WTSP 10News, will help students and families to understand the types of severe weather they will encounter in our state and how to prepare for them.

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Springs: Florida’s Natural Wonders (MS)

Springs: Florida’s Natural Wonders

Grade levels: Middle and High school

A spring is a natural opening in the ground where water flows directly from the aquifer to the earth’s surface. Springs are vital headwaters, the upper tributaries, of many local rivers. Springs are unique water resources that provide natural, recreational and economic benefits. For thousands of years people have been attracted to the natural beauty and habitat of these ecosystems. This publication, produced in partnership with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, explores the springs of west central Florida and the role humans play in protecting and restoring those springs.

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Wildfire Safety

Water Matters

Grade levels: Elementary and Middle school

Freshwater is an essential part of human life. We rely on freshwater for drinking, cooking, agriculture, recreation, businesses and more! With more than 328 million people, the population of the United States has doubled over the past 50 years, while our thirst for water has tripled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. With nearly 21.5 million residents, Florida’s population is on the rise as well. At least 40 states anticipate water shortages by 2024, making the need to conserve water very important. This 2021 publication has been created in partnership with the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

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Zoo Story

Zoo Story
This publication is not available in print

Grade levels: Elementary, Middle and High school

Originally printed over a series of Sundays in 2007, Zoo Story is a nine-part series that chronicles Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo through a period of massive expansion to become one of the best zoos in the country. Author Thomas French investigates the philosophy of a zoo, keeping captive endangered animals, and controversial breeding programs through life, death, and the paradox of freedom. This NIE publication includes lesson plans. Content alert: Some parents and teachers may find parts of Zoo Story too graphic for younger readers.

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