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Investigating Extreme Weather Events with Interactive Activities
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This article highlights resources that can be used to supplement lessons on extreme weather, including games and video clips. The article appears in the free, online magazine for K-Grade 5 teachers Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The magazine focuses on the essential principles of climate science.

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Technology
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
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Activities and Labs
Games
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Reference
Teaching and Learning Strategies
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Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Investigative Case - "Holy Starbucks Batman!"
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Students will investigate caffeine as a potential new pollutant in a northwest ...

Students will investigate caffeine as a potential new pollutant in a northwest river system. Effects of caffeine on invertebrates and salmon fry will be explored through field work and lab work.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Activities and Labs
Assessments
Instructional Material
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Developed for Lifelines Online by Stacey Kiser at Lane Community College. (http://bioquest.org/lifelines/index.html)
Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) WarmUp Activity: Dam Removal - A Good Idea or Not?
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This site from SERC presents Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) warm up questions about ...

This site from SERC presents Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) warm up questions about dam removal. The questions examine the biological effects of dam removal, the reasoning behind dam removal, and the studies that should be conducted before, during and after dam removal.

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Environmental Science
Education
History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geology
Geoscience
Science and Technology
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Instructional Material
Readings
Teaching and Learning Strategies
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Cathy Manduca
Laura Guertin
Lapbooks: Getting Creative with Science in the School Library
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In this article, the author shows how school librarians and elementary teachers ...

In this article, the author shows how school librarians and elementary teachers can help students create science lapbooks. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which is structured on the seven essential principles of the climate sciences.

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Education
Elementary Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Social Sciences
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Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Reference
Teaching and Learning Strategies
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Marcia Mardis
National Science Foundation
The Nancy Creek Challenge
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The Nancy Creek Challenge is part of the Starting Point module. The ...

The Nancy Creek Challenge is part of the Starting Point module. The Case study requires students to examine fish kill in Nancy Creek and identify the environmental conditions that favor life in a fresh water ecosystem. Students will work in small groups to assess the situation. The group will be allowed to gather resources from various places in an effort to develop a possible solution for the situation. The page also contains information regarding learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment hints, references and topics covered.

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Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Hydrology
Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
Assessments
Case Study
Instructional Material
Readings
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Developed for Lifelines Online by J.Bland, S. Carter, S. Mattox, and T. McCrary (www.bioquest.org/lifleines/ (more info) )
J. Bland S. Mattox T. McCrary
Newport Aquarium
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Aquarium in northern Kentucky features 13 galleries, 60 exhibits, 5 acrylic tunnels, ...

Aquarium in northern Kentucky features 13 galleries, 60 exhibits, 5 acrylic tunnels, and 600 species of aquatic life from around the world. Habitats, adaptations and key creatures are highlighted: World Rivers; Gater Bayou; Rain Forests; Coral Reef; Bizarre and Beautiful; and more. Special attractions are Sharks and Penguins. Teachers register on-line for self-guided visits, guide materials provided. Job shadowing and internship opportunities by application. Visitor information outlines admission fees, programs and special events.

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Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Social Sciences
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Reference
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
Nonindigenous Aquatic Species
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Online resource center, maintained by U.S.G.S., provides information, data, links about exotic ...

Online resource center, maintained by U.S.G.S., provides information, data, links about exotic plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, diseases and parasites. Central repository contains accurate and spatially referenced biogeographic accounts of alien aquatic species. Search for species by state, drainage area, citation in texts; find fact sheets, maps showing occurrence in the U.S. Or, for each taxon, review list of exotic species, find scientific, common name, photo, status; link to facts and distribution map.

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Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Reference
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
One World Ocean
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In this activity, students learn about ocean currents and the difference between ...

In this activity, students learn about ocean currents and the difference between salt and fresh water. They use colored ice cubes to see how cold and warm water mix and how this mixing causes currents. Also, students learn how surface currents occur due to wind streams. Lastly, they learn how fresh water floats on top of salt water, the difference between water in the ocean and fresh water throughout the planet, and how engineers are involved in the design of ocean water systems for human use.

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Education
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
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Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sara Born
Ponds Freeze in Winter -- Why Doesn't the Ocean?
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In this activity, learners explore how salt water freezes in comparison to ...

In this activity, learners explore how salt water freezes in comparison to fresh water. Use this experiment to consider how pond animals survive cold winters in comparison to animals that live in the ocean. This resource includes information about freezing points as well as examples of how different animals respond to the winter cold.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Oceanography
Physics
Anthropology
Social Sciences
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Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
Simulations
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
New England Aquarium
River Flood Animation
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Use this animation to learn about floods. You will learn about drainage ...

Use this animation to learn about floods. You will learn about drainage basins, discharge, hydrographs, floodplain deposition, and infiltration. You will also learn about the frequency of floods and what we are doing to control them.

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Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Space Science
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Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
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SMARTR
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SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Author:
Houghton Mifflin Company
Salt 'n Lighter
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In this activity, learners discover that as the salinity of water increases, ...

In this activity, learners discover that as the salinity of water increases, the density increases as well. Learners prove this by attempting to float fresh eggs in saltwater and freshwater. This resource explains the relationship between water density and salinity as well as how this phenomenon relates to water displacement. It also explains how large ships float on water and includes a chart of some famous historical ship sizes. This resource also includes the flood safety tip "Turn Around, Don't Drown."

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Engineering
Technology
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Oceanography
Physics
Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Simulations
Provider:
NOAA
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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National Weather Service
NOAA
The Secchi Disk
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This Great North American Secchi Dip-In website offers a comprehensive guide to ...

This Great North American Secchi Dip-In website offers a comprehensive guide to Secchi disk use. It features links to a series of pages that answer questions such as: what is a Secchi disk; what (or who) is Secchi; and why are Secchi disks black and white. The links also include information such as considerations in Secchi disk design and procedure, monitoring methods, and evaluating eutrophication by Secchi depth.

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Ecology
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
Kent State University Department of Biological Sciences
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
Shorelines Animation
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This animation will help you to learn all about shorelines! You will ...

This animation will help you to learn all about shorelines! You will learn how waves affect the coast, the sources of sediment, and how humans interfere in the whole scheme. There is also a model to learn more about groins, seawalls, and breakwater.

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Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Space Science
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Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
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SMARTR
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SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Author:
Houghton Mifflin Company
Something is Askew at Mammoth Cave National Park
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Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students use the geometric ...

Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum/Geology of National Parks module. Students use the geometric mean and multiplicative standard deviation to examine the right-skewed distribution of nutrient concentrations in water-quality data at Mammoth Cave National Park.

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Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Geology
Geoscience
Hydrology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
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Module by: Amie O. West, University of South Florida Cover Page by: Amie O. West, University of South Florida
Survival of the Fittest Microbes: Examining the Conditions of One River and the Microbes that Thrive There
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In this lesson, created for grades 6 - 12, students learn about ...

In this lesson, created for grades 6 - 12, students learn about the harsh conditions of Spain's Rio Tinto River and research the microbes that nonetheless manage to thrive there. They then synthesize their knowledge by creating a reality television program set in the Rio Tinto in which the microbes are the "contestants." The lesson includes an article about the Rio Tinto with accompanying questions, a detailed classroom activity, vocabulary list, discussion questions, extension activities, interdisciplinary connections, and related academic content standards.

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Science and Technology
Social Sciences
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Lesson Plans
Provider:
New York Times
Provider Set:
New York Times Learning Network
Author:
Georgia ScurletisJavaid Khan
Test Density with a Supersaturated Solution
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Learners create three solutions with different levels of salinity. They compare the ...

Learners create three solutions with different levels of salinity. They compare the density of these solutions by coloring them and layering them in a clear plastic cup and in a soda bottle. Learners will also investigate how a liquid's density affects objects that are put into it. This experiment connects with estuary environments (habitats where fresh water and ocean water mix) and also contains a brief discussion of one of the saltiest seas on earth, the Dead Sea in the Middle East.

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Technology
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Oceanography
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Simulations
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
American Museum of Natural History
Turbidity and TSS
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This image-rich Streams.org website describes turbidity and total suspended solids (TSS). It ...

This image-rich Streams.org website describes turbidity and total suspended solids (TSS). It includes overviews about what they are, why they are measured, how they are measured, and why they vary. The site also features links to sensor and other water quality parameters.

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Biology
Ecology
Chemistry
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Readings
Provider:
City of Duluth, Minnesota
Microbial Life (MLER) (SERC)
University of Minnesota, Duluth
Understanding Earth's Climate: Virtual Bookshelf
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This list of children's books recommends nonfiction titles that supplement basic information ...

This list of children's books recommends nonfiction titles that supplement basic information found in lessons and activities of this themed issue of the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The books are grouped by topic -- water, weather and climate, and atmosphere. Each book is described by its content, reading level, and possible uses in the classroom. Covers are pictured. The online magazine is produced for elementary school teachers and is structured around the essential principles of climate sciences and climate literacy.

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Arts and Humanities
Education
Reading Informational Text
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Science and Technology
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Reference
Teaching and Learning Strategies
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Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Kate Hastings
National Science Foundation
Underwater Adventures Aquarium
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Underground aquarium facility with a walk-through glass tunnel providing views into several ...

Underground aquarium facility with a walk-through glass tunnel providing views into several habitats: northern Minnesota forest; Mississippi River; Caribbean reef. Sharks are a major attraction; other freshwater and marine species also featured. Family oriented, with guided tours, hands-on encounter and playground. Offers on-site and outreach education programs for grades pre-12, teacher workshops, and specialty programs for groups. Located in Mall of America, Bloomington, MN. Admission and program fees apply.

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Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Reference
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
Unit Plans That Teach Foundational Climate Concepts
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Four unit plans provide opportunities for in-depth explorations of important foundational climate ...

Four unit plans provide opportunities for in-depth explorations of important foundational climate concepts -- weather, water as a solid, liquid and gas, and the water cycle -- that are appropriate for K-2 and 3-5 learners. These unit plans incorporate many of the lessons highlighted in other articles in this issue of the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The magazine is structured around the essential principles of the climate sciences.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Assessments
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Reference
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Unit of Study
Provider:
Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation