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Heat islands result when people alter their surroundings, substituting man-made asphalt roads, tar roofs, and other features for vegetation. Trees and other plants provide shade and cool the air through evapotranspiration. Hard, dark surfaces like pavement store heat during the day. That heat is...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2016
"You are part of a watershed community and you have many watershed neighbors. Use the article and diagram of a watershed to learn how everyone in a watershed is """"""""connected."""""""" Each member of the watershed plays a role in protecting the water and land in the local watershed."
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 2016
Essential Question: What can you do to improve water in the lakes, rivers, and streams in your watershed? Do you know of water in your area where fishing or swimming is not allowed or where the water is not safe to drink? Water is a vital natural resource and protecting our water is a national...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 2016
Essential Question: How can I improve my community watershed... starting with my own schoolyard? It may be possible to make changes to the land that will improve your watershed. As you learned earlier, such changes are called conservation practices. Your goal is to reduce as much runoff as possible...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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"What is sea-level rise and how does it affect us? This """"""""Teachable Moment"""""""" looks at the science behind sea-level rise and offers lessons and tools for teaching students about this important climate topic."
Grade Level   5
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Published in 2016
artist and scientist Jill Pelto combines art with scientific data to raise awareness about climate change. By enlivening data with illustration, she tells a story about the effects of many climate factors, from ice cap melting to decreasing ability for fish to properly navigate. In this exercise,...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Students are introduced to the concept of air quality by investigating the composition, properties, atmospheric layers, and everyday importance of air. They explore the sources and effects of visible and invisible air pollution. Looking at models and mas, they explore the consequences of pollutant...
Grade Level   4 5 6
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Published in 2006
Students learn about the Human Footprint data set, analyze a map showing where and to what extent humans have influenced Earth, and participate in class discussion.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Connect live with park rangers from Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park, and discuss the impacts and hazards of marine debris worldwide. In this distance learning program for grades 10-12, students participate in a facilitated dialogue to learn how to protect the oceans. The program features...
Grade Level   10 11 12
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Score Four lessons culminate with student-led stormwater-reduction projects—but before students turn one shovel of dirt, they are engaged in hands-on investigations of their school's watershed and campus. Students assess permeability, stormwater dynamics, pollution sources, soils, and...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The following educator resources center around ICPRB’s Watershed Connections Land Use Model, which enables students to explore various land uses and impacts on their watersheds. Model-building directions and educator resources can be found below. ICPRB also provides model building workshops for...
Grade Level   2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Water is often called a renewable resource, but what does that really mean? Is water an unlimited resource? What happens to water after we use it? This investigation will help you understand exactly how much water you use in your home and how you can keep from wasting water. If many people are...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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It takes energy to run the appliances and machines we use everyday. The national average commercial cost to use this energy is ¤0.10/kilowatt hour. In addition to the financial cost, there is also an environmental cost in the form of carbon emissions. The general rule of thumb is that every...
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The National Wildlife Refuge System, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is the world's premier system of public lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants. Why not visit a national wildlife refuge in or near your community? A refuge is a place where you...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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On our ever-changing Earth, conditions may change quickly or slowly. Some changes come from natural processes; some from human activity. Satellites allow us to see conditions and track changes over time — in land use, forest health, land/water interface, and so on. Since 1972, Landsat...
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"Since 1970, oil and natural gas have provided more than half of the energy used each year in the United States to produce electricity, heat, transportation fuels, and many everyday products from balloons to vitamins. Oil and natural gas are forms of petroleum, a word that literally means...
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"Does your neighborhood have """"""""wild"""""""" places? What's """"""""wild""""""""? What's the personality of the environment between home and school? What's there? How do you relate to it? How does your perspective of local geography change between being on the ground and exploring from above?...
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Atmospheric scientists study weather processes, the global dynamics of climate, solar radiation and its effects, and the role of atmospheric chemistry in ozone depletion, climate change, and pollution. They observe what's going on in our atmosphere today and compare it to records from years past. To...
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Why is CO2 increasing in the atmosphere? Who is doing it? Many people think that CO2 is “pollution-” so that clean burning should be a way to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. In this demonstration, we review basic chemistry (see illustration) to realize that producing CO2 is an...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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The second full week of October is not only Earth Science Week—it is also National Wildlife Refuge Week! During this time, you are encouraged to consider the legacy of Rachel Carson, an early leader in the environmental conservation movement, and the resource management activities of the U.S....
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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