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    African Animals in Habitats An inquiry-based animal study centered around a Zoo visit of the African Continent.

  • Higher Ed Resource

    Banana Split: To Eat or Not to Eat A history of "Banana Republics," discussing banana production, diseases, ethical consumerism, organic & conventional agriculture.

  • K-12 Resource

    Weather Watchers How does meteorological activity impact air pollution control and prevention?

  • K-12 Resource

    Incredible Insect Mouth A hands-on experiment type of lesson in which the children act as insects and use different tools for their "mouths".

  • Featured K-12 Resource

    Sun Curve Design Challenge
    A student-teacher collaboration focusing on scientific inquiry and green design innovation to
    generate new ideas for
    sustainable agriculture.

  • Highlight

    Organic Store Wars Not long ago in a supermarket not so far away… an educational video based on Star Wars hopes to raise awareness about healthy food choices.

  • Featured K-12 Resource

    Automobile Choices and Alternative Fuels Supporting multi-step decision-making for buying a car: fuel impact on the environment, your lifestyle and personal finances.

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CK-12 Biology (CA Textbook)
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CK-12 Biology (CA Textbook)

Submitted as part of the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) Phase 3 ... (more)

Submitted as part of the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) Phase 3 Digital Textbook Initiative (CA DTI3), CK-12 Foundation’s high school Biology FlexBook covers cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, botany, zoology, and physiology. This digital textbook was reviewed for its alignment with California content standards. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Textbooks
Provider:
CK-12 Foundation
Provider Set:
CK-12 FlexBook
Author:
Douglas Wilkin Ph.D.
Gulf Oil Spill
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Gulf Oil Spill

The newness of the Deepwater Horizon/BP spill limits the number of educational ... (more)

The newness of the Deepwater Horizon/BP spill limits the number of educational products designed to investigate and teach about impacts to the Gulf ecosystem. Ongoing efforts are being undertaken to develop lessons, media, and resources for educators to use in their teaching to help students and the public to better understand this event. The materials provided with this collection present the facts surrounding the spill and ongoing research, monitoring, and restoration efforts. More general education products from previous spills are provided to help educators present the concepts of human impacts on the ocean, oil specific impacts, spill clean-up, and the effects of toxins on natural environments. This site will be updated periodically as more information becomes available. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Chemistry
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Full Course
Homework and Assignments
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Reference
Simulations
Video Lectures
Provider:
NOAA
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
NOAA
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
NOAA
Tides
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Tides

The resources included in this collection will provide support to teachers who ... (more)

The resources included in this collection will provide support to teachers who are instructing students about the causes of tides, but also it includes resources about the impacts of tides on coastal ecosystems and tides as an energy source. Some of the websites allow the teacher and student to view and use real time, historic and predicted data for a large number of tide stations along the coast and in the Great Lakes. Lessons are included that will provide ideas for ways to use this data with students. Changing tides have significant impacts to the ecosystems along the coast. We have included resources that will help teach about the impacts of tides on some of these ecosystems. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Audio Lectures
Homework and Assignments
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Video Lectures
Provider:
NOAA
Provider Set:
NOAA
Author:
NOAA
Climate Change Impacts
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Climate Change Impacts

This Climate Change Impacts Collection provides the teacher and their students the ... (more)

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. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Audio Lectures
Homework and Assignments
Simulations
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Video Lectures
Provider:
NOAA
Provider Set:
NOAA
Author:
NOAA
Water Cycle
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Water Cycle

The water cycle is more than a diagram it has significant impacts ... (more)

The water cycle is more than a diagram it has significant impacts on our daily lives, local and global ecosystems and even economic systems. The resources in this collection can help teachers take students beyond just a minimal knowledge of a simple diagram of the cycle. This collection provides real-time and historic data sources that track and measure the water in different portions of the water cycle; satellite images shows water vapor in the atmosphere, interactive maps can be searched to show precipitation, snow depths, river flows and evaporation rates. Included are also lessons, games and hands on activities that model the complexity of the cycle. The Background resources allow students and teachers to investigate the water cycle holistically and in its individual parts. These resources allow teachers to implement student-directed and place-based projects about the water cycle. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Homework and Assignments
Simulations
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
NOAA
Provider Set:
NOAA
Author:
NOAA
Coral Ecosystems
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Coral Ecosystems

Educators can use the resources in this Collection to teach their students ... (more)

Educators can use the resources in this Collection to teach their students about the science and beauty of corals. They can use these organisms and ecosystems to teach many scientific concepts including symbiotic relationships, reproduction strategies, food webs, chemistry, biotic and abiotic interactions, human impacts, etc. Additionally, educators can use corals to teach about conservation and stewardship of the environment. Even if you don't live near a reef, students can learn that they can help protect coral reefs in the U.S. and around the world. There are many actions, small and large, that you and your students can take to help conserve coral reefs. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Homework and Assignments
Lesson Plans
Readings
Video Lectures
Other
Provider:
NOAA
Provider Set:
NOAA
Author:
NOAA
Atmospheric Visualization Projects
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Atmospheric Visualization Projects

This site includes simulations of more than 40 phenomena: sea ice and ... (more)

This site includes simulations of more than 40 phenomena: sea ice and CO2, climate change (230-year period), clouds and precipitation, coral reef evolution (starting 21,000 years ago), universal fire shape, fire twirl and burst behavior, tornadoes, thunderstorms, typhoons, El Niño events, greenhouse gases and sulfate aerosols, polar vortex breakdown, CO2 and temperature, CFCs in the ocean, cloud evolution (7-day period), daily weather in the U.S., and more. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Simulations
Provider:
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Population Ecology
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Population Ecology

Population ecology is the subfield of ecology that identifies those ecological factors--in ... (more)

Population ecology is the subfield of ecology that identifies those ecological factors--in the community or in the ecosystem--that regulate a population's size. The student will learn about intrinsic population growth and discover how such growth can be quantified, along with the factors that inhibit growth. Also, the student will apply his or her understanding of population ecology to determine a population's current status and construct a management plan to maintain population size. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: explain how population ecology is used to address problems in evolution, conservation, epidemiology, and resource management; describe the interactions among and between the biotic and abiotic components of a healthy ecosystem and explain how these components are interdependent; identify factors that threaten the maintenance of biodiversity in ecosystems and the population measures used to sustain ecosystem biodiversity; use mathematical models and equations to describe population growth and interaction between populations; identify density-dependent and density-independent factors that affect population growth and regulation; employ the principles and techniques of population dynamics and ecology to analyze population viability and develop a resource management plan by using data gathered from a sample population. (Biology 313) (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Assessments
Audio Lectures
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Readings
Simulations
Syllabi
Video Lectures
Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Provider Set:
Saylor Foundation