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Published in 2016
What are earthquakes? Get a new perspective on these powerful phenomena with this collection of videos and infographics co-presented by the California Academy of Sciences and KQED. You'll learn why earthquakes happen, how they've shaped the Bay Area, and what you can do to prepare for the next one.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2007
Do you live in an urban heat island? In this audio report from QUEST produced by KQED, learn how trees are cooling down urban areas. Discover what urban heat islands are and the effect they have on the atmosphere. Also, learn how homeowners and businesses can cool down their communities.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2007
This DragonflyTV segment follows two girls as they explore how plants grow back after being wiped out by lava flows at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. They also learn to differentiate between pahoehoe and 'a'a lava flows.
Grade Level   4 5 6
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Published in 2007
This DragonflyTV segment follows two girls in Juno, Alaska as they investigate glacier change and movement. They learn about the effect of climate change on glacier size and movement. Also available in Spanish.
Grade Level   4 5 6
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During the early 1960s, when a young Stephen Hawking began facing the beginnings of a debilitating disease, he turned his sights towards answering the biggest question in cosmology: the big bang. Through his research, Hawking was able to trace back the origins of the universe to a singularity -...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2006
In this lesson plan, students learn about the Moon's changing appearance and how orbital motion causes the Moon's phases.
Grade Level   3 4 5
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These Instructional Modules provide K–12 teachers with high-quality, supplemental digital media resources for teaching about Earth’s systems—from weather phenomena to the development of land and water features. Resources include videos, images, data visualizations, interactives, and games from...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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We know that the dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago. But what about other time markers in geologic history? How do we know what organisms lived in the past? How can we show geologic time? Geologic history is told through research done by scientists of the rock, sediment, and fossil records...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8
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Published in 2010
"Trying to build a device to measure how fast the wind is blowing in this SciGirls engineering activity. You may have heard a weather reporter warn, """"Wind gusts are up to 30 mph!"""" Scientists measure wind speed using a weather instrument called an anemometer, which relies on cups attached to...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Published in 2006
Our star, the Sun, is an ordinary star. It is not particularly special compared to other stars in the universe, however, it is crucially important to us. As the massive energy source at the center of our solar system, the Sun is responsible for Earth's climate, weather, and life. In this lesson,...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5
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Published in 2006
In this lesson, students are introduced to the theory of plate tectonics and explore how the theory was developed and supported by evidence. Through class discussion, videos, and activities, students seek connections between tectonic activity and geologic features and investigate how the theory of...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2009
This bilingual SciGirls en Español activity is a set of two components that builds on the model of science inquiry presented in the short, Spanish language DragonflyTV-SciGirls en Español video. Educators are encouraged to use the companion video as a catalyst or motivator to get students enthused...
Grade Level   4 5 6
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During this activity your students will learn about the issue of land subsidence, which leads to topographical changes. Subsidence is due to poor backfilling/stabilization practices during the mining of gold. Then your students will complete an activity in which they will use materials like sand and...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2006
Students investigate the processes that build volcanoes, the factors that influence different eruption types, and the threats volcanoes pose to their surrounding communities. They use what they have learned to identify physical features and eruption types of several actual volcanic episodes.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2007
"With its rolling hills and winter storms, the Bay Area has been a landslide hotspot. Now geologists are using new high-tech tools to understand and predict these natural disasters. In this QUEST video produced by KQED, find an explanation of """"deep-seated"""" and """"shallow"""" landslides and...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2004
Using this lesson plan as a guide, students will use simple materials to build their own windmills and learn how wind can be used to help get work done. Students review the engineering design process and discuss how wind can be used in a variety of ways. They look at many types of windmills,...
Grade Level   3 4 5
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Published in 2006
Fossils provide a valuable record of the plant and animal life and environmental conditions from millions, even billions of years ago. In this lesson, students create their own fossils, and then use multimedia resources to learn how real fossils form and what scientists can learn from them.
Grade Level   3 4 5
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Published in 2010
With this graph and accompanying lesson from Clue into Climate, produced by KQED, students will explore how the level of carbon dioxide has increased over time, hypothesize about why this is a concern, and begin to think about what can be done to slow or stop continued climate change.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2014
Explore volcanoes as windows into the Earth's melted interior. Meet Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell, a geologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Understand how you are connected to the interior of the Earth through cycling of gases and other materials. Uncover the evidence about geologic events...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2006
Using this Lesson Plan, students study satellite data and explore an example of long-term climate change to learn about the seasons, changes in climate, and the role of Earth's tilted axis.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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