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1492: Using Data to Explain a Journey
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Back in the days of Christopher Columbus, voyages made across bodies of ...

Back in the days of Christopher Columbus, voyages made across bodies of water were dependent upon winds and currents to drive the sailing ships. Thus good navigation routes were often determined by prevailing weather conditions such as the Trade Winds, and then discovered by explorers. In this lesson, students will explore the wind climatology for the Atlantic Ocean basin (as determined by satellite data from the past ten years), and then compare it to the route documented by Columbus in 1492.

Subject:
Engineering
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Instructional Material
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Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
My NASA DatA+
NASA Wavelength
Author:
Malinda Burk
All About Glaciers
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This site has something for everyone, from glaciologists to grade school students. ...

This site has something for everyone, from glaciologists to grade school students. It explores nearly all aspects of glaciers and includes data and science, facts, a gallery, and a glossary.

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Astronomy
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
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Images and Illustrations
Reference
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Richard Armstrong
Aquifer Basics
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This USGS site explains what an aquifer is and defines the different ...

This USGS site explains what an aquifer is and defines the different types of aquifers based on six principal lithologies; sandstone, carbonate, sandstone-carbonate, igneous and metamorphic, sand and gravel, and other rock types. The site features maps and descriptions of the major aquifers in the United States as well as general information about groundwater occurrence and quality. The site also provides links to additional maps and data about specific aquifers across the nation.

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Geology
Hydrology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Readings
Provider:
U.S. Geological Survey
The Atmosphere
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The lessons at this website were prepared to introduce 5th-8th grade students ...

The lessons at this website were prepared to introduce 5th-8th grade students to the fundamental principles of the earth's atmosphere: history, composition, and structure. Includes three pages of information and features to allow for exploration and expansion of current knowledge. In addition, there are four activities to develop performance skills, not only in science, but in math and language arts as well. Links to external sites also included.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Unit of Study
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
Biometry Protocol
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The purpose of this resource is to measure and classify the plant ...

The purpose of this resource is to measure and classify the plant life at a Land Cover Site to help determine the MUC classification.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Ecology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
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GLOBE Teacher's Guide NGSS Aligned Records
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
The Building of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
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This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories ...

This lesson is one in a series that brings the important stories of historic places into the classrooms across the country. It could be used in units on the early industrial period of American history and in courses on geography or science and technology. It will help students realize the role canals played in western expansion and in the evolution of transportation by focusing on the construction of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

Subject:
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Case Study
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Kathleen Kupper
Building the Digital Earth
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The Cornell University's Geoscience Information System Project is a major initiative that ...

The Cornell University's Geoscience Information System Project is a major initiative that targets to develop a comprehensive Geoscience Information System for the geosciences Building the Digital Earth is part of that project. This website is a great interactive site containing a great wealth of digital geological and geographical information. Users can access information regarding the Digital Earth project, an interactive mapping tool, data sets and metadata. Users can also access the Discover Earth project, an interactive tool designed to help students learn about a variety of earth science topics. There students can participate in variety of activities dealing with earthquakes, volcanoes, topography, plate tectonics and sea level change. The site also contains links to java applets GEOID, QUEST, virtual experiments and interactive 3D graphics. This is a resource with wide variety of digital data and resources.

Subject:
Geology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Readings
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point (SERC)
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Institute for the Study of the Continents
Burd Run Interdisciplinary Watershed Research Laboratory
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The Burd Run Interdisciplinary Watershed Research Laboratory at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania ...

The Burd Run Interdisciplinary Watershed Research Laboratory at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (SU) is a cooperative effort among 13 faculty from the Departments of Geography-Earth Science, Biology, and Teacher Education. The goal of the laboratory is to provide intensive undergraduate field training through collection and analysis of related hydrologic, geologic, biologic, and geographic data from a single watershed, establish a comprehensive statistical and spatial watershed database using a geographic information system, use the accumulated data for student investigations in a wide variety of environmentally related courses, and facilitate similar approaches at other institutions. The project involves equipment acquisition; continuous monitoring of hydrology, water quality, and meteorology; and data collection and analysis in various undergraduate courses. This website is the homepage for the Burd Run Interdisciplinary Watershed Research Laboratory. Users can follow links to a project summary, watershed description and data, GIS data, research projects, curricular material, articles and maps and photos related to the laboratory.

Subject:
Ecology
Atmospheric Science
Geology
Hydrology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Readings
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point (SERC)
CERES: Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System
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This brochure gives a brief description of the science research that is ...

This brochure gives a brief description of the science research that is being done with data from the CERES instrument flying onboard NASA's Terra satellite. It also contains information about some of the data products and technical specifications.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Biology
Ecology
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Readings
Provider:
NASA
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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This is the website of this park in the Guadalupe Mountains (New ...

This is the website of this park in the Guadalupe Mountains (New Mexico) that contains 86 known caves, including Carlsbad Cavern, home of one of the world's largest underground chambers. The website offers a cultural history of the area and a teacher's guide About Bats, Caves, and Deserts.

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Astronomy
Chemistry
Geology
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Reference
Provider:
National Park Service
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
DLESE Community Collection
Changes in the Antarctic Ice Sheet
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The Gulf of Maine Aquarium hosts this two-part activity. The focus is ...

The Gulf of Maine Aquarium hosts this two-part activity. The focus is on seasonal changes in the mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. Part 1 uses an atlas and satellite imagery to examine the geography of the region and the changing boundaries of the ice sheet. Part 2 tracks annual changes in sea ice. There is an animation page showing changes in ice cover around Antarctica during 1991, and links to several other student activities: Coping with the Cold (Plan an expedition to Antarctica), Blubber Glove (Demonstrate how Antarctic animals stay warm in bone-chilling water), Salt Concentration (Demonstrate how cold-blooded animals survive subfreezing water temperatures without being shattered by ice crystals), Penguin Adaptation (Brainstorm ways in which penguins are well-adapted to cold water and icy environments), Chick Die-Off (Show how sea ice cover and penguin chick populations are related), and Creating Plankton (Design an ocean "wanderer").

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
New York State Earth Science Instructional Collection
Changing with the Tide
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The Changing with the Tide lesson plan is written around a role-play ...

The Changing with the Tide lesson plan is written around a role-play activity in which students learn about and act out the behavior of plants and animals in a salt marsh habitat as the tides change. An unusual feature of salt marshes is the dramatic daily change in stresses and interactions that the organisms face. On this Starting Point page, teachers can find learning goals, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment hints and references and resources dealing with this exercise. It also describes the context in which the virtual tour, another feature of the page, is best used.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Readings
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Rebecca Teed
Chemical Weathering
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This site provides visual resources that illustrate the process of chemical weathering. ...

This site provides visual resources that illustrate the process of chemical weathering. Animations demonstrate how temperature and precipitation affect the evolution of parent material from highly resistant primary minerals to both secondary minerals and minerals in solution, as well as showing rates of weathering of various common minerals. A collection of photographs gives examples of chemical weathering in both natural outcrops and constructed features such as tombstones and carvings. These resources can be integrated into lectures, labs or other activities.

Subject:
Geology
Physical Geography
Material Type:
Readings
Provider:
NAGT Cutting Edge (SERC)
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
A Close Look at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
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In this investigation, students examine Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. After becoming ...

In this investigation, students examine Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. After becoming familiar with a bathymetric/topographic map of the area, students select a transect along the seafloor to study some of the geological, biological, and physical features that are present. In this activity students use a bathymetric/topographic map as a tool for recognizing geobiological features of the sanctuary, create a depth profile from a topographic map, use a transect as a tool for quantifying geological, physical, and biological features along the seafloor, and correlate species with habitat type in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Supporting data are provided.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Data
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
The Coldest, Driest, Windiest, Highest Continent
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Through firsthand accounts and photographs, this week-long unit gives students an in-depth ...

Through firsthand accounts and photographs, this week-long unit gives students an in-depth look at Antarctica. Throughout the unit, students collect their findings in a portfolio. The comprehensive curriculum materials contain teacher tools, three activities, two Q&A interviews, one with a glacial geologist and the other with an educator and a student handout with guidance for putting together their portfolios and examples of creative final projects.

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Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Unit of Study
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
American Museum of Natural History
DLESE Community Collection
Computer-aided Land Cover Mapping Protocol
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The purpose of the resource is to produce a land cover type ...

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.

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
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GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Contour Plates
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In this activity, students construct three-dimensional models from terrain information provided by ...

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:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
New York State Earth Science Instructional Collection
Author:
Drew Patrick
Cracking Dams
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This is a comprehensive site that looks at many components of dams, ...

This is a comprehensive site that looks at many components of dams, including construction, destruction, and other issues. Access is organized into three levels by grade level. Information on cracks, case histories of the building and problems associated with some well known dams, and some real and imagined scenarios are included.

Subject:
Astronomy
Chemistry
Hydrology
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Megann Polaha
Design a Hiking Trail
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This lesson provides experience working on a real-life scenario by allowing students ...

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:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
New York State Earth Science Instructional Collection
Author:
Becky Remis
Rose Hochmuth
Discovery Area Post-Protocol
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The purpose of this resource is to use a land cover type ...

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:
Activities and Labs
Homework and Assignments
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Teaching and Learning Strategies
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)