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Chemical FootprintäóîFamily Activity
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In this multi-part activity learners examine non-point water pollution. Learners discover ways ...

In this multi-part activity learners examine non-point water pollution. Learners discover ways they may be contributing to this type of pollution and brainstorm ways to change their behavior to be more environmentally responsible. Designed as a family exploration, the activity includes watching two short educational films about the Hudson River, discussing hypothetical pollution scenarios, auditing your own stock of pollutants under the bathroom sink, brainstorming alternative products, and sharing your results. The activity could easily be adapted to non-family educational groups and could be done in one chunk, or over the course of several sessions.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
Oceanography
Anthropology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
4-H
Toyota
University of Minnesota Extension
Chromatography
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In this activity, explore chromatography and the various colors that make up ...

In this activity, explore chromatography and the various colors that make up the ink in markers. Use this activity to investigate cohesion and adhesion. The online version of this activity is set up so that learners solve a mystery.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Science Foundation
PBS
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
WGBH
WGBH Boston
Chromatography Lab
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To increase students' awareness of possible invisible pollutants in drinking water sources, ...

To increase students' awareness of possible invisible pollutants in drinking water sources, students perform an exciting lab requiring them to think about how solutions and mixtures exist even in unsuspecting places such as ink. They use alcohol and chromatography paper to separate the components of black and colored marker ink. Students witness first-hand how components of a solution can be separated, even when those individual components are not visible in solution.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Barry Williams
GK-12 Program,
Jessica Ray
Phyllis Balcerzak
Clean Energy: Hydropower
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Hydropower generation is introduced to students as a common purpose and benefit ...

Hydropower generation is introduced to students as a common purpose and benefit of constructing dams. Through an introduction to kinetic and potential energy, students come to understand how a dam creates electricity. They also learn the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Kristin Field
Michael Bendewald
Sara Born
Climate Change Impacts
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This Climate Change Impacts Collection provides the teacher and their students the ...

This Climate Change Impacts Collection provides the teacher and their students the opportunity to explore some of the environmental changes already observed, from the Arctic to tropical regions. Data sources provide historic precipitation and temperature records, allowing students to compare changes in their own local area to others. Lessons included, provide opportunities for place-based instruction related to climate change, others provided a more global perspective. The background resources provided in this collection tend to be for the teacher and/or the advanced student.

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Activities and Labs
Audio Lectures
Homework and Assignments
Simulations
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Video Lectures
Provider:
NOAA
Author:
NOAA
Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems
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This lecture by Dr. John Largier, coastal oceanographer and professor at UC ...

This lecture by Dr. John Largier, coastal oceanographer and professor at UC Davis, Bodega Marine Lab, presents evidence for cumulative and systemic global environmental change with a focus on the local coastal environments along the north-central California coastline. Lecture was developed for teachers and educators participating in Our Changing Ocean and Estuaries Series.

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Oceanography
Material Type:
Other
Provider:
Bodega Marine Laboratory, UC Davis
Our Changing Oceans and Estuaries
Author:
Dr. John Largier
Climate Change and Water
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Climate Change and Water - Perspectives from the Forest Service is a ...

Climate Change and Water - Perspectives from the Forest Service is a summary of a forthcoming report by the Forest Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture which will detail the likely impacts of climate change on the Nation's forested watersheds and highlight the importance of managing forests to provide clean, abundant water.

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U.S. Forest Service
Climate and Water in Ghana
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shows the dramatic contrast between the rainy and dry seasons in West ...

shows the dramatic contrast between the rainy and dry seasons in West Africa and helps students define and identify the features of climate. They apply this knowledge to the study of how climate affects people and the environment.

Material Type:
Readings
Provider:
Peace Corps
Provider Set:
Peace Corps World Wise Schools
Climate and the Cryosphere (Lab 1): Frozen In Time?
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In this introductory lab, students are introduced to the different components that ...

In this introductory lab, students are introduced to the different components that make up the cryosphere and watch a NASA animation showing an example of how global land and sea ice coverage can change over the course of a single year. In the second part of the lab, students learn about some of the ways that changes in the cryosphere are already impacting human life.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Climate and the Cryosphere (Lab 2): Sea Ice Thermodynamics
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In this activity, students conduct an experiment to explore some of the ...

In this activity, students conduct an experiment to explore some of the properties of liquid and frozen sea water. In Part B, they will learn about how sea ice formation influences ocean circulation around the globe. In the third part of the investigation, students look at how sea ice thickness changes over time. In the final activity of this investigation, students use NSIDC sea ice index data to explore changes in sea ice extent on multiple time scales.

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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Climate and the Cryosphere (Lab 3): Sea Ice Dynamics
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In this activity, students you will explore the different forces that influence ...

In this activity, students you will explore the different forces that influence sea ice dynamics as well as how the distribution and composition of sea ice changes over time due to these forces and subsequent motion of the ice.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Climate and the Cryosphere (Lab 6): Interactions and Feedback
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Students examine interactions and feedback between the cryosphere and atmosphere. In the ...

Students examine interactions and feedback between the cryosphere and atmosphere. In the first part of this investigation, students do a hands-on activity to explore albedo and how sea ice helps regulate global temperatures.

Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Teach the Earth
Colors Collide or Combine
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Learners place multiple M&M's in a plate of water to watch what ...

Learners place multiple M&M's in a plate of water to watch what happens as the candies dissolve. Often learners expect the colors from each M&M to blend when they come together, but instead the colors remain separate along a defined border. Learners will explore how the areas of color change shape as M&Mäóťs are placed in different positions in the plate.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
American Chemical Society
James H. Kessler
Patricia M. Galvan
Common Misconceptions About States and Changes of Matter and the Water Cycle
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This article lists common misconceptions about states and changes of matter and ...

This article lists common misconceptions about states and changes of matter and the water cycle. It provides formative assessment probes and information about teaching for conceptual change.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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
Comparing the Density of an Object to the Density of Water
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Learners compare the weight of equal volumes of wax, water, and clay. ...

Learners compare the weight of equal volumes of wax, water, and clay. Learners discover that since the wax weighs less than an equal volume of water, it is less dense than water and will float. And since the clay weighs more than an equal volume of water, it is more dense and will sink.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
American Chemical Society
James H. Kessler
Patricia M. Galvan
Comparison of the Effects of Increased CO2 in the Air to Seawater and Distilled Water
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This well designed experiment comparing CO2 impacts on salt water and fresh ...

This well designed experiment comparing CO2 impacts on salt water and fresh water. In a short demonstration students examine how distilled water (i.e., pure water without any dissolved ions or compounds) and seawater are affected differently by increasing carbon dioxide in the air.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Annika Sabrowski
Patrick Silva
S. Soria-Dengg
Conductivity: Salty Water
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Water, whether fresh or salty, serves as one of the best electrical ...

Water, whether fresh or salty, serves as one of the best electrical conductors on the planet. Does salt effect its conductivity? In this activity, learners will explore the effects of salts in the water, as well as the effects of other parameters on the conductivity of water. Learners will use real-time data from buoys around the coastal U.S. in this exploration.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Bridge: Online Ocean Science Education Resource Center
Christopher J. Petrone
Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program
Connecting Classrooms, Sharing Real Data
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This article describes six collaborative and real data projects that engage elementary ...

This article describes six collaborative and real data projects that engage elementary students in collecting and sharing local data and communicating with students across the country and world.

Subject:
Engineering
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Kimberly Lightle