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This article and included graphs,from the web site accompanying the FRONTLINE NOVA ...

This article and included graphs,from the web site accompanying the FRONTLINE NOVA special What's Up with the Weather?, reveals how atmospheric carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxides from coal- and oil-burning power plants, cars, and other fossil-fuel-burning sources have climbed along with the world population, with as yet unknown effects on the climate system.

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Physics
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NSDL Staff
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NSDL Science Refreshers
3-D Model of the Big Dipper
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Students see firsthand that stars and constellations are not arranged in a ...

Students see firsthand that stars and constellations are not arranged in a flat, 2-D pattern in this Moveable Museum unit. The five-page PDF guide includes suggested general background readings for educators, activity notes, step-by-step directions, and a Big Dipper map. Students make their own 3-D models of the Big Dipper using readily available materials and examine their models, observing the 3-D constellation from new perspectives.

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Astronomy
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American Museum of Natural History
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American Museum of Natural History
The 3-D Universe
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A 2-D map is a great guide here on Earth—and virtually worthless ...

A 2-D map is a great guide here on Earth—and virtually worthless for finding your way around in outer space. Take a 3-D look at mapping our solar system and universe. This Moveable Museum article, available as a printable PDF file, looks at how astronomers use data to create 3-D models of the universe. Explore these concepts further using the recommended resources mentioned in this reading selection.

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Astronomy
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American Museum of Natural History
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American Museum of Natural History
7th Grade Life Science at the Observatory: Life Throughout the Universe
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This classroom activity will show students that there is a lot we ...

This classroom activity will show students that there is a lot we don't know about science, for example life throughout the universe. It will hopefully encourage students to question what we know and don't know, and exploration and study of the unknown.

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Astronomy
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
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Brad Snyder
Accidental Discoveries
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In this activity, students research scientific discoveries that happened by accident in ...

In this activity, students research scientific discoveries that happened by accident in the past, and learn how gamma-rays were discovered by 20th century scientists. In the process, students develop an understanding that science theories change in the face of new evidence. This acitivity is part of the "Swift: Eyes Through Time" collection that is available on the Teacher's Domain website.

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Physics
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Acid Test Video: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification
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This groundbreaking NRDC documentary explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which ...

This groundbreaking NRDC documentary explores the startling phenomenon of ocean acidification, which may challenge marine life on a scale not seen for tens of millions of years. The film, featuring Sigourney Weaver, originally aired on Discovery Planet Green. A related curriculum kit is available at: http://www.nrdc.org/oceans/acidification/files/labkit.pdf

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
Economics
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National Resources Defense Council
Our Changing Oceans and Estuaries
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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Natural Resources Defense Council - written by Daniel Hinerfeld
Acids & Bases: An Introduction
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This module provides an intrioduction to acid and base chemistry. The Arrhenius ...

This module provides an intrioduction to acid and base chemistry. The Arrhenius and Bronsted-Lowry concepts of acids and bases are discussed as well as the pH scale and neutralization reactions.

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Education
Astronomy
Chemistry
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Unit of Study
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UCAR Staff
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Visionlearning
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Anthony Carpi
Active Accretion
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This is a game about the formation of the solar system. Learners ...

This is a game about the formation of the solar system. Learners dynamically engage in modeling the growth of asteroids from specks of matter. Similar to tag, the children run around, have fun, and burn off energy. Different from tag, there is science involved! The end of activity debriefing discusses strengths and limits of the model. Note the setting for this activity should be large and open where students can run.

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NASA
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Activities for Studying Tree Rings Online
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Selected resources provide three web-based activities to complement science lessons in an ...

Selected resources provide three web-based activities to complement science lessons in an issue of Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The free, online magazine for Grades K-5 teachers explores the essential principles of climate literacy.

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Education
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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
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Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Adding Slide Rule
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In this activity, students construct adding slide rules, scaled with linear calibrations ...

In this activity, students construct adding slide rules, scaled with linear calibrations like ordinary rulers. Students learn to move these scales relative to each other in ways that add and subtract distances, thus calculating sums and differences. This is Activity A1 in the "Far Out Math" educator's guide. Lessons within the guide include activities in which students measure, compare quantities as orders of magnitude, use scientific notation, and develop an understanding of exponents and logarithms using examples from NASA's GLAST mission. These are skills needed to understand the very large and very small quantities characteristic of astronomical observations. Note: In 2008, the GLAST mission was renamed Fermi, for the physicist Enrico Fermi.

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Mathematics
Physics
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Adding the Moon: Using a Classroom Model to Explore the Movement of the Sun, Earth, and Moon
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This is an activity about the motion of the Sun, Earth and ...

This is an activity about the motion of the Sun, Earth and Moon, specifically rotation and revolution. After identifying what they already know about the Sun, Earth and Moon, learners will observe and manipulate a styrofoam ball model of the Sun, Earth, and Moon system. This activity requires a location with an open space approximately ten feet by ten feet in area, and is Activity 9 of a larger resource entitled Eye on the Sky.

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NASA
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Adding the Moon: Using a Playground Model to Explore the movement of the Sun, Earth, and Moon
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This is an activity about the rotation of the Earth and its ...

This is an activity about the rotation of the Earth and its revolution around the Sun, as well as the rotation of the Moon and its revolution around the Earth. Outside, in chalk, learners will draw the Sun and Earth system complete with Earth's orbit. Learners will then add to the chalk drawing the placement of the Moon and the path of its orbit around the Earth. Volunteers will then act out the rotation and revolution of a yearly cycle of the Moon, Earth and Sun. Learners will also complete a worksheet to reinforce visual understanding of this model. This activity requires an outdoor location with ample room and is Activity 8 of a larger resource entitled Eye on the Sky.

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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Adopting Sustainable Food Practices
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Hear about how respect for Earth can help us attain a more ...

Hear about how respect for Earth can help us attain a more sustainable lifestyle in the face of climate change in this video segment adapted from United Tribes Technical College.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Lesson
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PBS LearningMedia
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PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
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NASA
WGBH Educational Foundation
Advances in Space-Based Nighttime Visible Observation
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This one-hour module explores the types of atmospheric and surface features that ...

This one-hour module explores the types of atmospheric and surface features that can be observed at night. It describes recent technical improvements in nighttime visible imaging with the Suomi NPP VIIRS Day/Night Band and the lunar phases and other conditions that are necessary for effective nighttime visible imaging. This lays the foundation for the rest of the module, which explores operational uses of nighttime visible observations. These include the detection and monitoring of city lights, tropical cyclones, fog and stratus, polar nights, auroras, fires, volcanoes, dust storms, air pollution, moonglint, lightning, gas flares, ships and boats, and population/economic geography. The module is aimed at weather forecasters and other environmental scientists who use nighttime environmental data. Other users, such as those in the transportation industry and economists, may profit from it as well.

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Atmospheric Science
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COMET MetEd Collection
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COMET
After-School Educator's Guide to OLogy: Astronomy
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This comprehensive guide to the Astronomy section of OLogy, the Museum's science ...

This comprehensive guide to the Astronomy section of OLogy, the Museum's science Web site for kids, explains how after-school educators can make the most of the site. An introduction to the Big Ideas in Astronomy brings educators up to speed on how astronomers study the universe, the questions they ask, and the key concepts that govern what happens in space. A Site Map shows where to locate all Astronomy resources, from stories to quizzes to hands-on activities. Astronomy units offer ways to combine different types of resources around a topic such as Our Solar System or Scientists Who Study Space. Follow-up questions encourage inquiry-based learning. Wrap-Up Astro Projects suggests fun ways to wrap up any of these units. A Links and Resources section lists recommended astronomy-related books and Web sites for educators and for kids. A glossary of terms wraps up the guide.

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Astronomy
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American Museum of Natural History
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Aftermath in Santa Cruz
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By watching this National Geographic video, you will learn about the earthquake ...

By watching this National Geographic video, you will learn about the earthquake that struck Santa Cruz, Chile on February 27, 2010. You will see how the 8.8 magnitude earthquake caused an apartment building in this small city to collapse.

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Education
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Reading
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SMARTR
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SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Afterschool Universe
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This astronomy program is designed for middle school children in out-of-school-time settings. ...

This astronomy program is designed for middle school children in out-of-school-time settings. The program explores basic astronomy concepts (like invisible light, telescopes) and focuses on the universe outside the solar system (stars, galaxies, black holes). The program is structured for use in a variety of settings, including astronomy days, summer camps, or year-long afterschool programs. Although session activities build concepts sequentially, each session activity is designed to be freestanding as not all participants may attend every session. A manual provides background information and descriptions of how to conduct each activity. A companion website provides additional information and resources for the program leader.

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Physics
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Alaska Native Pilots
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In this video adapted from Storyknife Productions, Alaska Native pilots share how ...

In this video adapted from Storyknife Productions, Alaska Native pilots share how they use traditional knowledge to read the landscape and predict the weather. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Lecture
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PBS LearningMedia
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PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Teachers' Domain
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National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Alaska Native Teens Help Researchers
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In this video adapted from KUAC-TV and the Geophysical Institute at the ...

In this video adapted from KUAC-TV and the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska Native students contribute to research on how their environment is changing as a result of global warming.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Lesson
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PBS LearningMedia
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PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
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National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation