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WeatherSchool @ AAAS was developed by researchers at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to help you explore how different factors -- time of year, location, or elevation -- work together to produce the day-to-day weather you experience in your local community as well as...
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"Nitrogen is an element that is found both in living things and the nonliving parts of the Earth system. In this classroom activity, students play the role of nitrogen atoms traveling through the nitrogen cycle to gain understanding of the varied pathways through the cycle and how nitrogen is...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9
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Soil plays a unique role in our life. Soil helps to maintain air quality, stores water and nutrients for plants, and filters contaminants from surface water. Where there is soil, life flourishes. Determining a soil’s pH is important because many plants will only grow in either alkaline or acidic...
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"""""Soil porosity"""" refers to the amount of pore, or open space between soil particles. Pore spaces may be formed due to the movement of roots, worms, and insects; expanding gases trapped within these spaces by groundwater; and/or the dissolution of the soil parent material. Soil texture can also...
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Is today sunny or overcast? Is there wind, rain, or snow? No matter where you live, weather shapes your life. What’s happening in the sky can determine how you dress, what you eat, where you spend your time, and when you work—or play. The science of the sky encompasses Earth and space science...
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We walk around on soil all the time, but how often do we think about what's in it? If you have ever looked closely at soil, you probably saw that it is made up of various types of particles and has various materials mixed in with those particles (rocks, twigs, water, air, worms, insects, and much...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9
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There are many factors that combine to form soil, an important, slowly renewable resource. Some of these factors include climate, organisms, relief, parent material, and time. Soil provides the food, fiber, and building materials to nourish, clothe, and house Earth’s inhabitants. How does climate...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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This investigation is designed to help participants make connections between the different components of the Earth System (biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and geosphere) through observing their local outdoor area, categorizing the observations into one or more “spheres”, and drawing links...
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"Take a hard-boiled egg and crack its shell. Does the egg remind you of anything? The Earth, perhaps? The egg could be seen as a tiny model of the Earth. The thin shell represents the Earth's crust, divided into plates; within the shell is the firm but slippery mantle. Move the pieces of the shell...
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Published in 2006
In this lesson, students explore the causes of earthquakes and their impact on the geology of an area and on human societies. They begin by looking at the role tectonic plates play in creating the forces that cause earthquakes, to help them understand why earthquakes occur when and where they do....
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How do the natural shapes of gemstone crystals control what the final cut gem will look like? Where do gemstones come from? What makes them sparkle? Where do their colors come from? There's nothing as eye-catching as a piece of fine jewelry covered in beautifully colored gemstones. Natural...
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Earth scientists play a vital role in harvesting the energy resources on which we all rely. When preparing to drill for oil, for example, geoscientists must assess many aspects of a rock stratum (layer). For example, they must figure out the volume of the rock's pores, or empty spaces, as compared...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10
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Published in 2008
This Nature lesson will help students to evaluate how the interactions of air, moisture, wind, and topography combine to create the extreme environment found in Death Valley, California.
Grade Level   8 9 10
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Published in 2008
This Nature lesson discusses the processes of weathering and erosion and how they work together to shape the earth's landscape.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10
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This package provides middle and high school teachers with information around the causes and effects of earthquakes. Activity sheets for students and background materials for teachers are provided in each of the volumes' six units. The unit assesses student's knowledge about earthquakes and provide...
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Students will investigate different types of soil. Using Diary of a Worm as inspiration, they will create a media campaign to educate others about the layers, components, and inhabitants of soil and explain why soil is beneficial.
Grade Level   3 4 5
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The study of rocks is called petrology. Rocks may have fossils in them, and they are made up of minerals, but petrologists like looking at the rocks themselves. Just click on one of the link to find out more about rocks and the rock cycle.
Grade Level   2 3 4 5
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Minerals are among the most beautiful objects in nature, and they are used to make objects you use every day of your life , including the computer you are looking at right now! Read on to discover more about them. Just click on one of the links to find out more.
Grade Level   2 3 4 5
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For nearly five billion years, the Earth's surface has been constantly built up and broken down by processes taking place above and below the Earth's surface, resulting in the wide range of beautiful and complex landscapes we see today. In this unit, students will continue to make connections...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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"In """"""""Exploring Climate Science (Weather and Climate)-"""""""" students will use tools to collect weather data and discuss the differences between weather and climate. Students will be able to: compare and contrast weather and climate, providing at least three differences between the two; and...
Grade Level   3 4 5
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