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In this lesson, students study the availability of fresh water on Earth and the methods that can be used o purify and conserve it. They also assess how much water they and their families typically use and think about ways to reduce water usage.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2006
In this lesson plan, students are introduced to a variety of natural hazards and explore how understanding these threats makes us better able to avoid or reduce their potential harmful impact.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Earth's polar regions may seem remote, but they are an integral part of the entire Earth system. For example, pollution from other areas affects Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems, and changes in the icy landscapes of the polar regions may influence global ocean circulation patterns and accelerate...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2011
Solar and wind power may get the headlines when it comes to renewable energy. But another type of clean power is heating up in the hills just north of Sonoma wine country. Geothermal power uses heat from deep inside the Earth to generate electricity. The Geysers, the world's largest power-producing...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2016
Where do students stand on environmental policy? In this lesson plan, have students take a poll before and after they debate the issue to see if their views change.
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2006
In this lesson, students explore human impact on water resources, investigate the quality of their commuity's water supply, and consider ways to clean up and avoid further pollution.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2011
The strongest and most consistent winds are found in the jet stream as high as 30,000 feet above the earth. In this video from QUEST produced by KQED, learn about the benefits and challenges of wind energy and the similarities and differences between conventional and airborne wind turbines.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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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"What factors and constraints do we have to consider when designing a renewable energy plan for a community? This lesson is part of a larger unit in the California Academy of Sciences' Flipside Science series: """"Exploring Energy: Designing a Brighter Future."""""
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2014
During this activity your students will learn how the discovery of a single old bone lead to the development of one of the world's premier fossil beads (mammoth site). your students will also complete an activity in which they will learn that fossils are very delicate and that extreme care must be...
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
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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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 2017
Picture your nearest river or lake. How do people use it? Are you happy with the way it is treated, and its relationship to your community? In some areas, water sources are being used as enormous batteries to help supply power to thousands of homes, schools, and businesses. This PBS NewsHour lesson...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2009
In this media-rich lesson, students learn how global warming is changing the Alaskan environment and examine the consequences of climate change on the region's human and wildlife inhabitants.
Grade Level   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 2004
In this lesson, students work toward understanding the limitations of renewable energy resources if there is no system available for storing the energy. First, students watch a video segment on the engineering design process. Then they are challenged to design a storage system for renewable energy....
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this media-rich lesson, students explore the role that ice plays on Earth, the factors causing it to melt, and the local and global consequences of melting ice. This resource is part of the Polar Sciences collection.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This interactive activity adapted from EcoKids introduces acid rain -- how it affects aquatic ecosystems, the difference between acid rain and normal rain, and how certain species as well as entire ecosystems, react to emissions from industrial and other man-made sources that contribute to acid...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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