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10 Things You Can Do with ArcGIS Online and Story Maps
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Several new content pieces invite you to do hands-on work with web GIS technology:

[1] 10 Things you can do with ArcGIS Online in education. These include: (1) Use web mapping applications. (2) Make your own map. (3) Get a school, club, or university organizational account in ArcGIS Online. (4) Use and modify existing curricular resources. (5) Explore the Living Atlas of the World. (6) Modify and ask questions of maps. (7) Conduct spatial analysis on mapped data. (8) Add multimedia to maps. (9) Explore your world in 3D, and (10) Map and analyze field-collected data.

[2] Introduction and Advanced Work with Story Maps: Slides and hands-on exercises. These include how to build a story map from a web map, and how to build map tours, map journals, swipe, series, and other types of story maps.

[3] Teaching with Web Apps. Set of resources and activities. These include examining Pacific typhoons in 3D, demographics of Zip Codes, creating viewsheds and buffers, and much more.

[4] Spatial Analysis in Human Geography. These include the 1854 cholera epidemic in London (activity), a Boulder County hazards analysis (map), and an examination of the Human Development Index around the world (map).


I created this content for the Esri mapping lab for the 2017 National Conference on Geography Education, but it can also be used to support your own professional development or for your own instruction.

Subject:
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Author:
Joseph J. Kerski
Date Added:
10/30/2017
1d. Geographers and Their Space
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Humans are curious creatures, always wondering what lies beyond the horizon. Lewis and Clark did not describe themselves as geographers, but they might well have. Geography is the study of the surface of the earth. It is about people and places. It is about the physical character of a country, its climates and landscapes, and its biological environment.

Subject:
Ancient History
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
Independence Hall Association
Provider Set:
Ancient Civilizations
Date Added:
12/05/2014
Arts Around the World
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Nebraska Honors Program
CLC Expanded Learning Opportunity Clubs
Arts Around the World Club Curriculum
Spring 2019
Grade Level: Kindergarten through second grade
Ideal Number of Attendees: 7-15 students
Goal of Club: Increase the cultural and global awareness of students
Resources: Various Pinterest ideas
Content Areas: Social Studies and Arts
Final Products: Weekly crafts that are related to the country being studied
Introduction to Club: This Arts Around the World club introduces students to other countries
and cultures through engaging crafts
Length of Club: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Tips and Tricks: Have extra activities (such as coloring pages or worksheets) available for
children who finish at a faster pace, and watch for students who are becoming distracted.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Art History
World Cultures
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
NDE Digital Learning
Date Added:
08/28/2019
Assessing the Timing and Extent of Coastal Change in Western Alaska
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An interactive map based on four decades of satellite images helps residents, resource managers, and stewards of the land anticipate and plan for coastal change.

Subject:
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
Date Added:
08/29/2016
Atlas of the Pacific Northwest
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This 2018 edition is the first to be released in a digital, fully-interactive format, designed to highlight facets of the Pacific Northwest landscape with novel approaches to data presentation. Where previous editions of the atlas were designed to ask and answer questions, this atlas serves as a platform for the geographically curious to explore the region, providing as many critical questions as it does critical answers.

Beyond this page are maps of the familiar and the unfamiliar. Migration maps highlight human movement between the Pacific Northwest and the rest of the United States; a wildfire timeline chronicles the year-to-year spread of modern and historical fires; and the watershed guide abandons traditional political boundaries in favor of natural, hydrological borders. All data in the atlas were gathered from publically accessible sources, compiled using open-source software and coding libraries. This is an atlas designed to be open, responsive, and to satisfy the geographic curiosity of any and all interested.

Subject:
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Data Set
Author:
Institute for Natural Resources
Oregon State University Libraries and Press
Date Added:
10/30/2018
BlendEd Best Practices: Building Landforms-Primary Elementary
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This resource was created by Alli Pontious in collaboration with Rick Meyer as part of the 2019-20 ESU-NDE Digital Age Pedagogy Project. Educators worked with coaches to create Unit Plans promoting BlendEd Learning Best Practices. This Unit Plan is designed for Primary Elementary in Physical Science.

Subject:
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Rick Meyer
Date Added:
06/02/2020
The Blizzard of '49
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The Storm of the Century: The Blizzard of 49 is a WyomingPBS documentary. This documentary tells the story of the worst series of storms in Wyoming's history. But for all the tragedy and loss, suffering, and death, there was hope and heroism, unselfish sacrifice, and generosity. Students will learn about the Blizzard of 1949 and how the State of Wyoming and the Civil Air Patrol responded.

The resource videos are based on this documentary and include associated lesson plans. There are three video clips. Clip one starts at the beginning and ends at 2:50 minutes, Clip two begins at 3:50 minutes and ends at 5:50 minutes, clip three begins at 6:00 minutes and ends at 8:41 minutes.

Sensitive: This resource contains material that may be sensitive for some students. Teachers should exercise discretion in evaluating whether this resource is suitable for their class.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Speaking and Listening
Ecology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Provider:
Wyoming PBS
Date Added:
09/18/2019
Blue Coral Atlas of US Expansion
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Blue Coral Atlas of US Expansion tells the geographic story of the United States from the original thirteen colonies to today. View all the maps together in a single scroll or choose maps either individually or in series together for a closer look.

Blue Coral Atlas of US Expansion is fully responsive in the web browser for large and small devices in both horizontal and vertical orientations.

Subject:
U.S. History
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
Blue Coral Learning
Date Added:
01/05/2018
British Columbia in a Global Context
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This first year Geography textbook takes a holistic approach to Geography by incorporating elements of physical, human and regional geography, as well as bringing in methods and perspectives from spatial information science.. This textbook applies a fundamental geographical approach to understanding our globally changing world by looking at local processes which are linked to larger global processes and events. For example mining and its effects are a global issue and we can see how these unfold in BC. A further example is the recent apology to First Nation peoples on the residential school treatment, as similar events occur in the US, Ireland and Australia. Processes of urbanization, a phenomenon which people all over the globe are experiencing, can be seen in Vancouver with our discussion of the city’s development. Geography students, indeed all first year students, need to be able to critically assess their own contexts and environments in order to properly engage with our continually globalizing world.

Subject:
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Faculty Reviewed Open Textbooks
Author:
Arthur Green
Aviv Ettya
Britta Ricker
Cristina Tenemos
Simon Fraser
Siobhan McPhee
Date Added:
10/31/2014
CFR Backgrounder: Al-Shabab
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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) presents a backgrounder on Al-Shabab; an Islamist insurgent group that remains capable of carrying out massive attacks in Somalia and surrounding countries despite a decade-long African Union offensive against the Islamist group. CFR Backgrounders provide an in-depth analysis on current political and economic issues.

Subject:
Religious Studies
World Cultures
World History
Physical Geography
Cultural Geography
Political Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Lesson
Reading
Author:
Council on Foreign Relations
Date Added:
01/10/2018
CFR InfoGuide: Deforestation in the Amazon
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The Council on Foreign Relation's (CFR) "Deforestation in the Amazon" InfoGuide provides a compelling look at the causes and consequences of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon and is available online in English and Portuguese. CFR InfoGuides are a multimedia series to promote understanding of complex foreign policy issues.

Subject:
World Cultures
Forestry and Agriculture
Physical Geography
Cultural Geography
Political Science
Material Type:
Assessment
Case Study
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Module
Primary Source
Reading
Author:
Council on Foreign Relations
Date Added:
12/14/2017
CFR Interactive: The Eastern Congo
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The Council on Foreign Relation's (CFR) Interactive on The Eastern Congo details the fragile peace process seeking to bring stability to central Africa where foreign invasions and homegrown rebellions have killed and displaced millions. CFR InfoGuides are a multimedia series to promote understanding of complex foreign policy issues.

Subject:
World Cultures
Physical Geography
Ethnic Studies
Political Science
Material Type:
Assessment
Case Study
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Module
Reading
Author:
Council on Foreign Relations
Date Added:
12/21/2017
Cartography and Visualization
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Maps capture the power of place. A well-designed map can stoke our imagination, helping us to understand how a place looks or feels. Maps serve two roles. First, maps facilitate visual communication where knowns are presented to map readers. Second, maps permit visual thinking where insights into patterns and trends in spatial data are explored. In GEOG 486, Cartography & Visualization, you will learn and apply cartographic theory creating appropriately designed maps. You will learn how to associate the visual variables to symbolize types of spatial data. This process creates an appropriate visual hierarchy that conveys an informational hierarchy about the underlying message. Thus, techniques in map design will be applied to produce, evaluate, and critique reference and thematic maps.

Subject:
Applied Science
Information Science
Communication
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (http
Penn State University
Provider Set:
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Author:
Cary Anderson
Date Added:
10/07/2019
Cloud and Server GIS
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Is your understanding of Cloud GIS a bit hazy? Does thinking about it leave you in a fog? We've designed GEOG 865, Cloud and Server GIS, to help you understand how all of the various pieces of architecture fit together. By the end of the class you'll have a clear understanding of esri's and others' offerings in the space, how to implement ArcGIS Enterprise on Amazon EC2, make online maps with Carto and Mapbox, and engage in some blue sky thinking of your own in our weekly discussions about trends and directions.

Subject:
Computer Science
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (http
Penn State University
Provider Set:
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Author:
Sterling Quinn
Date Added:
10/07/2019
Coastal Processes, Hazards and Society
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Has your attention recently been caught by news of coastal catastrophes such as hurricanes and tsunamis? Do you wonder why so many coastal communities in the world are vulnerable to flooding and other coastal hazards? Have you considered what coastal flood protections cities like Houston and Miami will need in the future to protect their residents? This course will provide a better understanding of these phenomena. We present a global perspective of coastal landscapes, the geologic processes responsible for their formation, and ways that society responds to hazards like sea level rise and catastrophic weather events. You will participate in active learning exercises such as analyzing real-world datasets and applying critical thinking to real-world societal problems while investigating a coastal community.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Biology
Ecology
Oceanography
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (http
Penn State University
Provider Set:
// e-education.psu.edu/oer/)
Author:
Brent Yarnal
Dinah Maygarden
Tim Bralower
Date Added:
10/07/2019
Computer Cartography course plan
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To address the cost of resources for exercise manuals in GIS, I have developed a series of class exercises that can be used with QGIS, a free and open source software.
In addition, some class activities address more general ideas associated with cartography, such as color theory. To make these resources fully accessible to students, I have recorded publicly available videos documenting how these class activities can be completed. There is one video for each classroom lesson in this course offering, and links to all of the videos on the website Vimeo are linked to.

DESCRIPTION
Develops skills needed to produce maps using ArcGIS Desktop software. Outlines cartographic principles and map use. Emphasis on mapping techniques within a GIS. Intended for students enrolled in GIS or UAS programs.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
1. Demonstrate knowledge and apply skills essential to the discipline.
2. Coordinate and manage the delivery of reliable, valid, GIS data including analysis and specialized user needs products.
3. Communicate effectively and appropriately within a professional setting in both written and oral form.
4. Utilize professional communication skills to achieve project outcomes in collaboration with GIS users across disciplines.
5. Research, interpret and apply data/information in the professional setting.
6. Develop and implement GIS services for users who may or may not be GIS knowledgeable.

Subject:
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Patrick Kennelly
Date Added:
03/09/2020
Computer-aided Land Cover Mapping Protocol
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The purpose of the resource is to produce a land cover type map from the digital file of a Landsat satellite image using MultiSpec software.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Date Added:
08/01/2003
Constructing a Model of ppbv of Surface Ozone
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The purpose of this activity is to construct a model that will provide students with a visual representation of parts per billion. Students work in teams to construct cubes of different volumes and to compare them to get a feel for parts per million by volume and parts per billion by volume. The intended outcome is that students gain a feeling for the small quantities of gases, such as ozone, present in the Earth's atmosphere.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)
Date Added:
08/01/2003
Contour Plates
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In this activity, students construct three-dimensional models from terrain information provided by two-dimensional topographic maps. This will allow them to visualize how changes in elevation over a certain distance can be represented on a flat piece of paper that can be folded up and tucked away. Each group is responsible for constructing a model of Mount St. Helens 'before' and 'after', a depression, a stream, and a hill. Discussion questions related to the different representations are also included.

Subject:
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
New York State Earth Science Instructional Collection
Author:
Drew Patrick
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Country Movers – Visualizing Spatial Scales in Planetary and Earth Sciences
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Students learn about local and planetary physical geography / geology, toponymy, planetary landing site selection and cartography. The students learn a complex process of landscape evaluation and city planning, based on the interpretation of photomaps or digital terrain models.

Subject:
Astronomy
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
International Astronomical Union
Provider Set:
astroEDU
Author:
Henrik Hargitai
Mátyás Gede
Date Added:
02/06/2018
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Describing Countries in Economic Terms
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 Describe different sociological models for understanding global stratificationUnderstand how studies of global stratification identify worldwide inequalities

Subject:
World Cultures
Physical Geography
Social Science
Economics
Sociology
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Rebecca Burley
Date Added:
07/31/2020
Deserts
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Not all deserts are the same. This still collage produced for Teachers' Domain features views of different deserts around the world.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Geology
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
Design a Hiking Trail
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This lesson provides experience working on a real-life scenario by allowing students the opportunity to use topographic maps to design a hiking trail system based on access from road, range of habitats, and other specified criteria. They will also complete a data sheet and produce an informational brochure.

Subject:
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
New York State Earth Science Instructional Collection
Author:
Becky Remis
Rose Hochmuth
Date Added:
11/06/2014
Developing Map Skills Through Earth Science Activities
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This article highlights lesson plans and activities that help elementary students develop map skills as they learn earth science concepts.

Subject:
Geology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Digital Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Geographic information systems (GIS), once used predominantly by experts in cartography and computer programming, have become pervasive in everyday business and consumer use. This unit explores GIS in general as a technology about which much more can be learned, and it also explores applications of that technology. Students experience GIS technology through the use of Google Earth on the environmental topic of plastics in the ocean in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The use of this topic in GIS makes the unit multidisciplinary, incorporating the physics of ocean currents, the chemistry associated with pollutant degradation and chemical sorption to organic-rich plastics, and ecological impact to aquatic biota.

Subject:
Engineering
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Full Course
Unit of Study
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Andrey Koptelov
Nathan Howell
Date Added:
09/18/2014
The Disappearing Aral Sea
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This visualization adapted from NASA features satellite images showing how more than 60 percent of the Aral Sea has disappeared during the last 30 years.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Hydrology
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
Disaster Simulation Infographic
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The goal for this lesson is to increase student comprehension and problem-solving skills by emphasizing real-world problems and encouraging students to be proactive in solving those problems. Description of classroom, grade level, and students: This assignment is for a 10th grade English II classroom, ranging from AP to standard student populations.Prior Knowledge of Subject: Students possess a prior knowledge about tornado activity, severe thunderstorms, and earthquakes due to living in Oklahoma.Length of Lesson: Students will be allotted 10 class periods of 45 minutes in class. They are also allowed to work on this assignment outside of class, if needed.

Subject:
Public Relations
Educational Technology
English Language Arts
Geology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Lori Hartin
Date Added:
06/06/2016
Discovery Area Post-Protocol
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The purpose of this resource is to use a land cover type map to make environmentally sound decisions.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Distorted Disturbances
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Students pass around and distort messages written on index cards to learn how we use signals from GPS occultations to study the atmosphere. The cards represent information sent from GPS satellites being distorted as they pass through different locations in the Earth's atmosphere and reach other satellites. Analyzing GPS occultations enables better global weather forecasting, storm tracking and climate change monitoring.

Subject:
Engineering
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Jonah Kisesi
Marissa H. Forbes
Penina Axelrad
Date Added:
09/18/2014
EARTH
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Earth is the third planet from the Sun and the only astronomical object known to harbor life. According to radiometric dating estimation and other evidence, Earth formed over 4.5 billion years ago. Earth's gravity interacts with other objects in space, especially the Sun and the Moon, which is Earth's only natural satellite. Earth orbits around the Sun in 365.256 solar days, a period known as an Earth sidereal year. During this time, Earth rotates about its axis 366.256 times, that is, a sidereal year has 366.256 sidereal days. Earth's axis of rotation is tilted with respect to its orbital plane, producing seasons on Earth. The gravitational interaction between Earth and the Moon causes tides, stabilizes Earth's orientation on its axis, and gradually slows its rotation. Earth is the densest planet in the Solar System and the largest and most massive of the four rocky planets.

Subject:
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Assessment
Author:
Santosh Upreliya
Date Added:
05/29/2020
Earthquake 8.2
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An engineering and design lesson for middle school (our 7th grade standards).

In the aftermath of a natural disaster, can you engineer a device that will keep medicine within a 40-60°F range using natural resources from the biome you live in, and/or debris created by the disaster for three days, until the Red Cross can arrive?

You are a team of relief workers in __________________after a major earthquake/tsunami has occurred. Your team lead as just told you about a young women with diabetes has been injured and needs insulin to be delivered __________ miles away (no open roads). Your team will need to research, design, and build a portable device to keep the insulin between _____ and ______ °(F/C) for _____ days. Once you return you will present the effectiveness of your device to your lead and a team other relief workers showing your both your design/device and explaining the process.

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Chemistry
Geology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Lane County STEM Hub
Provider Set:
Content in Context SuperLessons
Author:
Bobbi Dano
Jen Bultler
Date Added:
06/27/2017
Ecology/Geography Classification
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This short lesson was designed in collaboration with a 7th grade Life Science teacher (Paul Jeffery). The idea behind the lesson is to help students better understand ecological and geographical classifications by teaching them at the same time in their Life Science class and their Geography class. Teaching the two classifications together will help reinforce the idea of classification. While this lesson would best be taught outdoors it can also be adapted to the indoors.

Subject:
Ecology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Brianne Meick
Date Added:
08/10/2012
Elementary GLOBE: Cloudscape
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A learning activity for the "Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?" book in the Elementary GLOBE series. Using information from the book and their observations, students construct a sky scene with trees and buildings as reference points on the ground and cloud types ordered by altitude in the sky. Students will describe clouds using their own vocabulary and will then correlate their descriptions with the standard classifications of cloud types used by the GLOBE Program. The purpose of the activity is to help students identify some of the characteristics of clouds and to enable students to observe clouds, describe them in a common vocabulary, and compare their descriptions with the official cloud names. Students will be able to identify cloud types using standard cloud classification names. They will know that the names used for the clouds are based on three factors: their shapes, the altitude at which they occur, and whether they are producing precipitation.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Elementary GLOBE: To Spread or Not To Spread
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A learning activity for the "Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?" book in the Elementary GLOBE series. Students will explore the difference between the three types of contrails, make observations of contrails outside, and record their observations. Fifteen minutes later they will make follow-up observations to see how the contrails they observed have changed. The purpose of the activity is to help students identify contrails and learn to distinguish between the three types of contrails and to understand that contrails are human-made and some contrails become clouds in the sky. Students will be able to (1) identify the three types of contrails; (2) understand that contrails are created by jet airplanes; and (3) understand that some contrails become clouds.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Date Added:
02/16/2011