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Written for grades 4-8, this role-play activity from EPA helps students understand how polluted waters affect the food chain and how fish become contaminated -- and thus unsafe to eat -- as pollutants (e.g., chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs) accumulate up the food chain. In the...
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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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Published in 1994
This report illustrates how two organisms, a trilobite and a nautiloid, became fossils. The report is intended to help students and others visualize the size and shape of a trilobite and a nautiloid, the environment in which they lived, and the circumstances of their fossilization and subsequent...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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"We seldom stop to consider the true scale of many features of the Earth. This activity aims to enable students to visualize the thickness if the crust in relation to the rest of the Earth. It also helps them to appreciate the difference in depth between the oceanic crust and the continental crust....
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Download an assortment of puzzles, brain-teasers, coloring activities, and formal curricula from NOAA's Marine Debris Program. Grades 1-12.
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We all know the oceans are salty but so are other sources of water. The oceans have a salinity (salt content) of 35%. The Dead Sea has an average salinity of 290%, almost nine times saltier than the oceans. But what actually does that mean? Just how salty tasting are these various bodies of water?...
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Published in 2013
This report describes how to build a model of the outer 300 km (180 miles) of the Earth that can be used to develop a better understanding of the principal features of plate tectonics, including sea-floor spreading, the pattern of magnetic stripes frozen into the sea floor, transform faulting,...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Introduce middle level students (grades 6-8) to the national marine sanctuaries in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and off the coast of American Samoa. The sanctuaries include breeding and feeding grounds of whales, sea lions, sharks, and sea turtles; significant coral reefs and kelp forest...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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The ocean is the key element in Earth's hydrologic cycle (water cycle). Students will construct a simple model of the hydrologic cycle to help them visualize and understand the movement of liquid water and heat. The hydrologic cycle is the continual movement of water from one place to another and...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This unit is designed to introduce students to watersheds, computer mapping tools (Google Earth), and ocean currents through a discussion of ocean and water borne pollution. The unit is designed around a 9th grade Earth Science class, and run over three 80 minute class periods. The first lesson...
Grade Level   9
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Investigate how sediment is transported by water. The activity can be used in any science or geography lesson. It can also be used for literacy in story-telling.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this extensive sixth grade 17-day lesson students will travel to the Aurora Fossil Museum in North Carolina to hunt for fossils and visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Students will be real scientists throughout the project, taking all steps scientists do when...
Grade Level   6
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Published in 2009
Students in grades 3 to 8 use a tabletop tsunami generator to observe the devastation of these massive waves. They see how a tsunami moves across the ocean and what happens when it reaches the continental shelf. Students make villages of model houses and buildings to test how different material...
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World Ocean Observatory is the leading organization advocating for the health and sustainability of the ocean through an accessible worldwide network of communication. Through education, partnership, information exchange, public connection, and relentless communications, W2O is committed to building...
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"""""Nano sand"""" is a product that was originally invented to help clean up oil spills in water. Since the """"nano sand"""" is hydrophobic, it does not let water molecules pass through. It does, however, let oil molecules pass through. When oil-contaminated water is exposed to """"magic sand,""""...
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The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is currently investigating the diversity within the deepwater habitats of the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean. On this expedition, scientists are closely examining hydrothermal vent sites, mud volcanoes, subduction zones, seamounts, and the variety of...
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The JOIDES Resolution (JR) has physical dimensions unlike most oceangoing vessels. Why? So that scientists can sail nearly anywhere in the world to drill for samples of rocks and sediment from below the seafloor — in hopes of discovering clues about Earth’s history and structure, life in the...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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The JOIDES Resolution is an amazing ship that contains all the equipment necessary to drill into the ocean floor for samples of rock and sediment: a derrick, drill pipe, drilling tools, and drill bits. Once the cylindrical core sample arrives on the rig floor, the drill crew passes the 10 m core to...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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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...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Using tsunami time travel maps, predict how long it will take a tsunami to reach the shore.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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