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Covering some 70 percent of Earth's surface, clouds play a key role in our planet's well-being. But how do they form, why are there so many types, and what clues can they give us about the weather and climate to come? Try your hand at classifying clouds and investigating the role they play in severe...
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Maps on Hawaii's water and geology; Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
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Published in 2010
Flow: Currents and climate introduces viewers to oceanic thermohaline circulation -- the system of global ocean currents that cycle warm and cold water across the planet. This marine conveyor belt is a key mechanism in the complex exchange of energy between the oceans and the atmosphere,...
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By TED-Ed
Water covers over 70% of the Earth, cycling from the oceans and rivers to the clouds and back again. It even makes up about 60% of our bodies. But in the rest of the solar system, liquid water is almost impossible to find. So how did our planet end up with so much of this substance? And where did it...
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Published in 2017
Oceans serve as the planet's largest habitat and also help to regulate the global climate. But why is the ocean salty? And how is climate impacting the ocean? Find out more about the ocean, including the consequences of and potential solutions to these changes.
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Covering 70% of the Earth's surface, the ocean plays a major role in our climate, weather, and living conditions for plants and animals. Through the NOAA Adopt a Drifter Program, kids are learning about ocean currents in real time, as scientists collect and analyze ocean data.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This activity introduces students to the concept of sorting materials in different mediums and the sedimentary feature called graded bedding. Students will discover that water is a good medium to separate and sort particles, and that particles behave differently in water than in air.
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This activity creates a mini globe that shows the major plate boundaries of the world. It provides each student with his or her own physical model of the Earth's plates and helps teach how hard it is to accurately portray a sphere (three-dimensional) on a flat map (two-dimensional). Students will...
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Published in 2014
"This PDF has students using a light and foam ball to demonstrate the changing phases of the moon. During the activity, students are encouraged to use scientific terms, like """"""""waxing"""""""" and """"""""waning-"""""""" to describe which phase the ball is in. This modeling activity can be the...
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Are geothermal power sources actually renewable? This activity has students building a geothermal power source and answering questions on renew-ability. Students will see different ways geothermal power is extracted, model forms of this power using a density can filled with hot gravel, and be able...
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Paper models of crystals and cleavage. PDF, printable.
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"Lakes and seas in inland desert areas like the Dead Sea and the Great Salt Lake are famous for being so salty that hardly anything can live in the water. You can tell they are salty because it is very easy to float in them , and very difficult to swim. But just how salty are they? With this...
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This is a demonstration of the affects on a continental land mass of an ice sheet growing and then melting. Students can relate their models to the changing state of balance in the Earth's lithosphere when additional loading, such as an ice sheet, is added or removed.
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Colored, four-piece trilobite model. Students can cut out and put together the model to learn about Trilobite anatomy. 
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Published in 2016
The USDA's Farm to School Program has produced School Gardens: Using Gardens to Grow Healthy Habits in Cafeterias, Classrooms, and Communities, a document that provides a brief overview of the benefits and educational uses of school gardens. It includes links to successful school garden programs and...
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By GeoBlox
Jetties are man-made structures that are built along coastlines to control the deposition of sediments at the mouths of stream channels. This model demonstrates how jetties work.
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This activity can be used in any science or geography lesson about the processes and products of the sedimentary rock cycle.
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Published in 1991
This report contains instructions and patterns for preparing a set of four, 3-D paper models that schematically illustrate the development of island coral. The first model is of a shield volcano that extends above sea level, making a volcanic island. The second is of the original shield volcano and...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 1998
This report illustrates why there are changes on the ice sheet that covers the Antarctica continent. Students will better understand the evolution of the Antarctic ice sheet. Included are templates for making a paper model, instructions for assembly, and a discussion of development of the Antarctic...
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Published in 1997
This report illustrates why caves develop in limestone. Students will better understand the evolution of Karst topography. Included are templates for making a paper model, instructions for its assembly, and a discussion of development of Karst topography.
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