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After reading "A Sound of Thunder," students will further investigate the impact of the "butterfly effect" as it pertains to a nonfiction piece (a news story from China) about the dwindling bee population and its effects on the pear industry. The US bee population has dwindled in the last few years, too, and a second video documentary on Colony Collapse Disorder allows students to make inferences and predictions about the impacts of bee loss on the US economy, too.Students will... More
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Technical Format: Quicktime
Date Added to MERLOT: July 14, 2009
Date Modified in MERLOT: February 25, 2016
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Submitter: Connie Young
Keywords: bees, "butterfly effect, thinking, agriculture, literature, writing, economics, " botany, research, critical reading, science


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Primary Audience: High School
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The video clips are central to the project, to spring students into critical thoughts and plans for their own investigations and research. Major funding for Teacher's Domain is provided by the National Science Foundation. Video collection which provided "Silence of the Bees," and the collapsing colonies is funded through "the United States Department of Education, under the Ready to Teach Program."

Language: English
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