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In this 10-minute demonstration or 30-minute activity, children ages 8-13 investigate the source of the Moon's light. They consider a ball, wrapped in aluminum foil, and experiment with a flashlight to make it appear bright. The children compare the foil-wrapped ball to a Moon globe and discover...
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The Moon is made of cheese... no! Rice Krispies treats! Children ages 8 to 13 discover that the Moon, like Earth, is made up of layers of different materials through this 45-minute activity. They work in teams to make models of the interiors of the Moon and Earth. Common food items are used to...
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These hands-on demonstrations can be used for informal and formal gorup events such as school visits, museum preentations, science days, or for at-home exploration. Hands-on demonstrations are an effective way for novice learners, whether they are students, public, or museum visitors, to experience...
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Children ages 10 to 13 perform the lunar phases outdoors, using a Styrofoam ball, sunlight, and the motions of their bodies to model the Moon's phases. Older children (12 to 13) predict future moon phases. Note that this activity is appropriate for older children (ages 10 to 13) who are able to...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Data gathering is a starting point for model building. With this material, students have an opportunity to gather data that will later be explained by their EMS model. Students compile data for a complete cycle of Moon phases (28 days). This should elicit the idea that observation is a major part of...
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An EarthCache is a special site that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth. Visitors to EarthCache sites can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage the resources and how scientists gather evidence to learn about the...
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WETMAAP originated in 1994 as a Wetland Education Program and in 2010 management of the program moved to CNL World, a science education and outreach non-profit. WETMAAP supports education outreach and professional development for environmental and earth sciences formal and informal educators....
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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.
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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.
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From glaciers to mountains to wetlands, our planet has lots of different landforms! Help your child learn all about them with this fun earth science crossword puzzle. To complete the page, she'll need to match each landform vocabulary word with the correct definition. Is she up to the challenge?
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This activity shows students how to read and interpret a common data representation, the heat map. Students will examine heat map representations of Earth science data over time, discuss trends and compare data sets in order to assess potential correlation.
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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A demo/investigation which reinforces the distribution of radiant energy vs. latitude to drive home low latitudes (warm), high (cold).
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2005
Students have the opportunity to take a core sample of their local soil. Using PVC piping, a section of soil is pulled up, allowing students to observe the soil's different layers. Those layers are then separated and identified. The identification process helps students understand what elements make...
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These geoPHYSICS resources are designed to provide an avenue to help physics teachers connect and apply the principles of physics to the Earth. Recognizing the limited time for adding new topics to the physics curriculum, the approach taken with these resources is to integrate geophysics topics and...
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Published in 2018
"""""Exploring Earth: Paper Mountains"""" lets participants explore the way the shape of the land and the pull of gravity influence how water moves over the Earth. By making unique mountain models from crumpled paper and watching how water moves across them, participants can act as Earth scientists,...
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Published in 2017
"""""Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipse"""" is a hands-on activity demonstrating how the particular alignment of the Sun, Earth, and Moon can cause an eclipse. Visitors investigate the positions of these objects to create shadows and learn about solar eclipses."
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Published in 2017
"""""Exploring the Solar System: Big Sun, Small Moon"""" is a hands-on activity that explores the concept of apparent size and allows visitors to experience this phenomenon using familiar objects -- a tennis ball and a beach ball. Participants learn that the Sun and Moon appear the same size in our...
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"From the thin air of Mount Everest to the intense pressure of the Challenger Deep, Earth is full of amazing extremes! Record-setting extremes are always being updated. Scientists and explorers discover new materials and refine their measuring methods, upsetting our ideas of """"biggest"""" or...
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"This discussion activity has been devised to encourage pupils to think about rock cycle processes in the context of the area outside their own school. By leading the small group discussion using questions like """"What might happen next?"""", """"And then?"""", or """"Can you think of another...
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"Children ages 8 to 13 are faced with a challenge to determine the truth about the Moon's influence on Earth. They think like a scientist -- with reasoning skills and a healthy amount of skepticism -- to sort puzzle pieces containing statements about the Moon into two images. The """"Far-out Far...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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