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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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Teaching and Learning Strategies
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Brad Snyder
ATHENA: Mars Exploration Rovers
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This site provides images, information, and educational materials connected to the Mars ...

This site provides images, information, and educational materials connected to the Mars exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Materials include archived press releases for the mission; traverse maps of the rovers' paths across the surface; a large archive of panoramic images of Martian landscapes and geologic features; and information on other instruments carried by the rovers. The kids' page features interactives, a link to the Opportunity journal, profiles of mission scientists, and information on an internship program for students. The educators' page features lesson plans and activities and links to additional resources from other web sites.

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Astronomy
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Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
About COSEE
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The COSEE network promotes a better understanding of the key role the ...

The COSEE network promotes a better understanding of the key role the ocean plays in global environmental cycles and processes. COSEE activities highlight the contributions ocean-science researchers make to scientific knowledge in these important areas. Each COSEE represents one or more ocean science research institution, an informal science education organization, and at least one affiliate organization representing the formal education community.

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Environmental Science
Information Science
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
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Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE)
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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NASA Wavelength
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
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Adaptation: A Way of Life, Plant and Animal Desert Adaptations
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This document provides several activities that show how desert plants and animals ...

This document provides several activities that show how desert plants and animals are well-adapted to life in the desert and thrive on little moisture and high temperatures. There are extension lessons as well as a drawing activity.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
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Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
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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NASA Wavelength
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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PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
NASA
WGBH Educational Foundation
Advanced Fire
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Run a simulation of how a fire spreads through a stand of ...

Run a simulation of how a fire spreads through a stand of trees, learning about probability and chaos. Track the results of multiple burns and use the data to draw conclusions.

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Computer Science
Mathematics
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Interactive
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Student Guide
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NSDL Staff
Shodor
Provider Set:
NSDL Math Common Core
CSERD: Computational Science Education Reference Desk