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Animal Diversity Web
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This site is a searchable encyclopedia of thousands of photos, descriptions, sound ...

This site is a searchable encyclopedia of thousands of photos, descriptions, sound recordings, and other information about individual animal species. Find out about amphibians, arthropods, birds, fishes, insects, mammals, mollusks, reptiles, and sharks. Explore special features on mammals, skulls, and frog calls. Students are invited to contribute.

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Zoology
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Diagram/Illustration
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NSDL Staff
UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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NSDL Science Refreshers
Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
DLESE Community Collection
DLESE Community Collection
Arctic Bird Migration Monitoring Protocol
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The purpose of this resource is to observe when selected bird species ...

The purpose of this resource is to observe when selected bird species first arrive at your study site, and to count the numbers until few or none of these birds are seen. Students select a common and easily identifiable bird species in their region and observe when the bird species first arrives. Students use binoculars or telescopes to scan a study site and count how many they see. They continue to observe every other day until few or none of the selected species can be seen.

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Environmental Science
Ecology
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
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Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide NGSS Aligned Records
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The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Australian Institute of Marine Science
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Located near Townsville, North Queensland, AIMS researchers collect and analyze data to ...

Located near Townsville, North Queensland, AIMS researchers collect and analyze data to improve our understanding of the marine world, and to find science-based management practices that ensure long-term sustainable use and development of marine resources. Site features information on facilities, faculty, current projects, open house and other events, and employment opportunities. Also features the Mariner's Journal, a log from several AIMS research cruises.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
Bird Beak Accuracy Assessment
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The purpose of this resource is to quantitatively evaluate the accuracy of ...

The purpose of this resource is to quantitatively evaluate the accuracy of a classification system. Students sort birds into three possible classes based on each bird's beak: carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. Students compare their answers with a given set of validation data.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
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Data Set
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
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Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
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NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Bits of Bugs
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In this lesson, learners measure the lengths of various insect body parts ...

In this lesson, learners measure the lengths of various insect body parts from scanning electron micrographs using WebImage, a Web-based customized version of ImageJ. The lesson introduces students to setting scale in making the measurements and to units of measurement, as well as entomology.

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Education
Life Science
Biology
Mathematics
Astronomy
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Diagram/Illustration
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Lesson Plan
Simulation
Student Guide
Unit of Study
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
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Simplified Image Management and Processing Learning Environment for Science (SIMPLE Science)
Budburst Protocol
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The purpose of this resource is to observe budburst on selected trees ...

The purpose of this resource is to observe budburst on selected trees at a Land Cover or Phenology Site. All students will learn about hummingbird natural history and ecology. Students will learn how to identify and age male and female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and to observe migration and feeding behavior. Students will learn how to make connections among hummingbird behavior and weather, climate, food availability, seasonality, photoperiod (day length), and other environmental factors.

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Environmental Science
Ecology
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
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Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide NGSS Aligned Records
Author:
The GLOBE Program
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
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").

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physical Geography
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
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Interactive
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
New York State Earth Science Instructional Collection
Clonal and Common and Lilac Protocol
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The purpose of this resource is to have students observe their lilac ...

The purpose of this resource is to have students observe their lilac plants and identify the five phenophases (first leaf, full or 95% leafed, first bloom, full bloom and end of bloom) for each lilac plant. During the growing season, students will observe their lilac plants and identify the five phenophases (first leaf, full or 95% leafed, first bloom, full bloom and end of bloom) for each lilac plant.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
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Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Constructing Earthquake-Proof Buildings
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This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for ...

This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for grades 6-8. It focuses on how earthquake-proof buildings are designed. Students build a tester, then model buildings to test and see what factors make a building more earthquake-proof than others. Included are objectives, materials, procedures, discussion questions, evaluation ideas, suggested readings, and vocabulary. There are videos available to order which complement this lesson, an audio-enhanced vocabulary list, and links to teaching tools for making custom quizzes, worksheets, puzzles and lesson plans.

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Astronomy
Chemistry
Geology
Physics
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
DLESE Community Collection
Earthquake Education Environment (E3)
Author:
Ted Latham
The Day the Earth Shook
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In this earthquake safety classroom activity, students work in teams to build ...

In this earthquake safety classroom activity, students work in teams to build seismic safe structures. Students will try building their own structure to see if they can discover some of the features that minimize the effects on a building when the Earth shakes. Each team will build and test three structures following the instructions. After all teams finish, the class discusses features of seismic safe structures.

Subject:
Education
Astronomy
Chemistry
Geology
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
DLESE Community Collection
Earthquake Education Environment (E3)
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.

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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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)
Earthquakes: Learn From the Past, Prepare For the Future
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This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for ...

This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for grades 9-12. Preparing for future earthquakes by studying past earthquakes is a main concept covered in this lesson, as well as the physical processes that occur during an earthquake. It includes objectives, materials, procedures, discussion questions, evaluation ideas, performing extensions, suggested readings, and vocabulary. There are videos available to order which complement this lesson, audio vocabulary, and links to teaching tools for making custom quizzes, worksheets, puzzles and lesson plans.

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Astronomy
Chemistry
Geology
Physics
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Interactive
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Unit of Study
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UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
DLESE Community Collection
Earthquake Education Environment (E3)
Elementary GLOBE: Cloudscape
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A learning activity for the "Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?" ...

A learning activity for the "Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?" book in the Elementary GLOBE series. Using information from the book and their observations, students construct a sky scene with trees and buildings as reference points on the ground and cloud types ordered by altitude in the sky. Students will describe clouds using their own vocabulary and will then correlate their descriptions with the standard classifications of cloud types used by the GLOBE Program. The purpose of the activity is to help students identify some of the characteristics of clouds and to enable students to observe clouds, describe them in a common vocabulary, and compare their descriptions with the official cloud names. Students will be able to identify cloud types using standard cloud classification names. They will know that the names used for the clouds are based on three factors: their shapes, the altitude at which they occur, and whether they are producing precipitation.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Elementary GLOBE: Getting to Know Soil
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A learning activity for the Scoop on Soils book in the Elementary ...

A learning activity for the Scoop on Soils book in the Elementary GLOBE Series. Each student will make predictions about the properties of various soil samples. Then they will examine several types of soils and record their observations. Next, they will learn about soil profiles and horizons by both examining a soil sample in a jar and by creating a soil profile flip chart. The purpose of the activity is to provide the opportunity for students to ask questions and make observations about soil and introduce students to the properties of soil and to the concept of soil profiles and horizons. After completing this activity, students will know about soil's different properties and about soil profiles. Students will know that soils have different properties including texture, color, and size. They will know that soil forms layers based on these properties.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Textbook
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NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
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NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Elementary GLOBE: Magnify That
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Students will learn about magnification and how a magnifying lens works. They ...

Students will learn about magnification and how a magnifying lens works. They will examine a variety of different objects, first without a magnifier and then with a magnifier, and compare what they observe. They will practice observing details of these objects with magnifying lens. The purpose of this activity is for students to learn about observation skills and how tools can help people make observations, what "magnification" means, and to learn that scientists use tools, such as magnifying lenses, to examine objects. Students will be able to identify a magnifying glass and its purposes. They will be able to describe how the same object looks different when using the unaided eye versus a magnifying lens.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Astronomy
Chemistry
Hydrology
Oceanography
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Elementary GLOBE: Soil Treasure Hunt
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A learning activity for the Scoop on Soils book in the Elementary ...

A learning activity for the Scoop on Soils book in the Elementary GLOBE Series. Students will make predictions about what they think they will find in a sample of soil. They will investigate the sample and sort out the various items they find. Next they will spend time outside observing one or more sites to see what they find in the soil. After recording and sharing their observations they will create their own stories about the things they found in the soil. The purpose of the activity is to learn about natural things commonly found in soil and how these things impact how the soil looks and feels as well as to introduce students to the concept of decomposition. After completing this activity, students will know about various things found in soil including rocks, critters, roots, and other organic material. They will also understand that animals and microorganisms aid in the decomposition process that contributes organic materials to soils.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Textbook
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NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Elementary GLOBE: To Spread or Not To Spread
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A learning activity for the "Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?" ...

A learning activity for the "Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?" book in the Elementary GLOBE series. Students will explore the difference between the three types of contrails, make observations of contrails outside, and record their observations. Fifteen minutes later they will make follow-up observations to see how the contrails they observed have changed. The purpose of the activity is to help students identify contrails and learn to distinguish between the three types of contrails and to understand that contrails are human-made and some contrails become clouds in the sky. Students will be able to (1) identify the three types of contrails; (2) understand that contrails are created by jet airplanes; and (3) understand that some contrails become clouds.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Finding Your Way with Map and Compass
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This U.S. Geological Survey fact sheet introduces topographic maps and explains how ...

This U.S. Geological Survey fact sheet introduces topographic maps and explains how scale is used in a map to convey distance, how direction is determined using a compass, and how to use both a map and compass together by taking a compass bearing from a map. Contacts are provided to obtain current and historical magnetic declination information for any place in the United States.

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Astronomy
Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
DLESE Community Collection
Earthquake Education Environment (E3)
Hatfield Marine Science Center
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Located in Newport, Oregon, Hatfield Marine Science Center plays an integral role ...

Located in Newport, Oregon, Hatfield Marine Science Center plays an integral role in programs of marine and estuarine research and instruction, as a laboratory facility serving resident scientists, as a base for far-ranging oceanographic studies, and as a classroom for students. Site features information on courses, seminars, facilities, and current research. Education Programs section includes teacher and student resources. Resources applicable to local and distant educators.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
Provider:
UCAR
UCAR Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
Bridge: Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Resources Center
Leaf Classification
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The purpose of this resource is to develop a classification system for ...

The purpose of this resource is to develop a classification system for a set of objects and learn about hierarchical classification systems. Any set of objects, such as insects or rocks, may be used as well.

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Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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)