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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
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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
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UCAR
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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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Engineering
Oceanography
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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
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
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Images and Illustrations
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SMARTR
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SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
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Houghton Mifflin Company
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
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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
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Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
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SMARTR
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SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
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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
Hydrology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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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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New York Times
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New York Times Learning Network
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Georgia ScurletisJavaid Khan
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
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Readings
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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
Physics
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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
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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
Physics
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UCAR
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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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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.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Assessments
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Reference
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Unit of Study
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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
Video Gallery: Fishes and Water
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This gallery of online resources is from the Museum's Seminars on Science, ...

This gallery of online resources is from the Museum's Seminars on Science, a series of distance-learning courses designed to help educators meet the new national science standards. This gallery, part of the Diversity of Fishes seminar, features two videos that both have printable PDF transcripts:About Water looks at how the water that covers two-thirds of our planet is distributed in oceans, polar caps, aquifers, rivers, and lakes. Planet Water discusses how freshwater fish which makes up one-quarter of all vertebrate biodiversity on Earth live in less than 1/100th of a percent of the planet's water.

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Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Instructional Material
Lecture Notes
Readings
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Teaching and Learning Strategies
Video Lectures
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American Museum of Natural History
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American Museum of Natural History
The Water Cycle
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This site examines the movement of water across (and below and above) ...

This site examines the movement of water across (and below and above) earth's surface. Among the topics: condensation, evaporation, freshwater storage, ground-water storage and discharge, infiltration, precipitation, snowmelt runoff to streams, springs, streamflow, surface runoff, transpiration, water in the atmosphere, ice and snow, and oceans. A diagram and text summarizing the water cycle are available in more than 30 languages.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Physics
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Images and Illustrations
Readings
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
U.S. Geological Survey
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Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
Will an Ice Cube Melt Faster in Freshwater or Saltwater?
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With an often unexpected outcome from a simple experiment, students can discover ...

With an often unexpected outcome from a simple experiment, students can discover the factors that cause and influence thermohaline circulation in our oceans. In two 45 minute class periods, students complete activities where they observe the melting of ice cubes in saltwater and freshwater, using basic materials: clear plastic cups, ice cubes, water, salt, food coloring, and thermometers. There are no prerequisites for this lesson but it is helpful if students are familiar with the concepts of density and buoyancy as well as the salinity of seawater. It is also helpful if students understand that dissolving salt in water will lower the freezing point of water. There are additional follow up investigations that help students appreciate and understand the importance of the ocean’s influence on Earth’s climate.

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Physics
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Video Lectures
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. Blossoms
Author:
William Andrake