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In this activity, you will explore local rocks for signs of the Rock Cycle, the sequence of making and breaking down rocks.
Grade Level   5 6
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There is water all over Earth in different forms. By far, most of the planet's water is in the oceans, but it is in other places as well. Sometimes water is a liquid, sometimes it is a solid, and sometimes it is a gas. These changes in the states of matter are the result of the water either gaining...
Grade Level   5 6
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Earth's temperature is set, in part, by a balance between incoming radiation energy from the Sun and outgoing radiation energy into space. If more energy comes in than leaves, Earth's temperature will rise, and vice versa. The atmosphere plays a big role in this balance. In this activity, you will...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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The greenhouse effect is the name scientists use to describe how heat accumulates in Earth's atmosphere. A majority of the energy from the Sun arrives at Earth as visible radiation. This energy passes through our atmosphere and warms Earth's surface. The warmed surface re-emits invisible infrared...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Sunlight is constantly falling on Earth. At the same time, Earth is losing energy to the cold emptiness of outer space. In this activity, you will use a computer model to explore what happens to the Sun's energy when it strikes Earth.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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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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Crystals are much sought after by jewelers and industrialists alike. Their value is directly related to their perfection. In this activity, you will explore some features of crystals.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Molecular crystals are formed by one or more kinds of molecules tiled in regular patterns in microscopic space. A common example is solid carbon dioxide, also known as dry ice, which is often used to pack and keep ice cream cold. In this activity, you will use a set of molecular models to explore...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2016
Essential Question: How can green building and conservation practices improve your schoolyard and community watershed? If you had a chance to start over and build a new school site from the ground up, what would your ideal school site look like? Would the school you design and build include...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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10
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: How do land features and conservation practices affect the flow of water in my schoolyard? Are there areas in your schoolyard where there is a lot of runoff or erosion? As you walk your schoolyard and collect data today consider some of the land features and conservation...
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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