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Published in 2016
The USDA's Farm to School Program has produced School Gardens: Using Gardens to Grow Healthy Habits in Cafeterias, Classrooms, and Communities, a document that provides a brief overview of the benefits and educational uses of school gardens. It includes links to successful school garden programs and...
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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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This activity guide has been intended to educate students in kindergarten through ninth grade to help them understnd the definition of water pollution using the basic principles of science and mathematics. The activities focus on the four main types of water polutants -- sediments, nutrients,...
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Coal produces more than half of the electricity used in the United States, and is our most abundant domestic nonrenewable energy source. The students will comupte the cost of electricity used to light their classroom and their school for one hour through one year, the number of kilowatt ours of...
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Earthquakes create seismic waves that travel through the Earth. By analyzing these seismic waves, seismologists can explore the Earth's deep interior.
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This activity allows students to construct a small-scale model of liquefaction, a hazard associated with strong-magnitude earthquakes. The sand, water, and ping pong ball(s) represent the composites of soil: sediment, water, and air, respectively. The shaking, representative of seismic waves, will...
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This lesson from the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy can be adapted for all grades levels K-12 and provides instructions for building a solar oven from a pizza box and other inexpensive materials. The oven will not generate enough heat to bake something, but it will become hot...
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Through these exercises, students learn the impact humans have on estuaries.
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Middle School Geology Task asks students to evaluate rock layers and make evidence-based claims about their formation.
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A barometer measures atmospheric pressure. Learn how to make your own barometer out of a jar, balloon, and stirring stick.
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Published in 2002
Predicting weather is finally getting to be less of an art and more of a science. Using images and other data from the GOES environmental satellites and other kinds of sensing technologies, and computers to analyze the data, scientists are beginning to make some sense of them all.
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"The """"Shake it Up with Seismographs!"""" activity explores the engineering behind seismographs and how technology has improved accurate recording of earthquakes. Students work in teams to build a simple seismograph out of everyday items, test it during a simulated classroom earthquake, evaluate...
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This lesson focuses on devices that are used to detect air pollution. Teams of students construct outdoor air pollution detectors from everyday materials. They then test their devices to see how much particulate pollutants they can capture.
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