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We are all told that the Earth turns and we accept that. But an actual demonstration of how scientists proved this can have lasting impact on the acceptance of this authoritative statement and also on how students judge other authoritative statements for themselves, scientific or otherwise....
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In this activity, students will build a spectrometer using basic materials to observe the light emitted and absorbed by several sources. This will be used as a model for how NASA uses spectroscopy to determine the nature of elements found on Earth and other planets. For higher grades, this activity...
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Explore how the changing position of the Sun causes seasons on Earth.
Grade Level   5 6
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In this activity you can compare your local soil with that of classmates and with a description of the soil found on Mars.
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...
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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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An earthquake is a shaking of the ground caused by the sudden release of stored energy along a fault. Think of it like snapping your fingers. You push your fingers together enough so that they don't move when you try to slide them sideways. Then suddenly, one finger slips past the other finger and...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Some areas of the world are susceptible to frequent earthquakes. Other areas of the world have a history of volcanic eruptions. Unfortunately, many areas such as Japan experience both volcanoes and earthquakes. In this activity, you will use a computer model, Seismic Explorer, to investigate...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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In this activity, you will use a computer model, Seismic Explorer, to examine patterns of earthquakes below Earth's surface and relate earthquakes to plate boundaries and movement.
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Published in 2016
Engineers are problem solvers! They figure out how to solve problems by coming up with some solutions and trying them out in an organized way. Taking notes throughout their problem-solving process, scientist ask what, how, and why as they work to identify solutions. Using the Earth as a model, this...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Students learn about the phases of the moon by acting them out. In 30 minutes, they will act out one complete 30-day cycle.
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The presence of water in solid, liquid, and gaseous forms is one of the primary factors that distinguished Earth from its neighbors in the solar system. In this activity, students will toss a globe to collect data on whether there is more surface water or land on earth.
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The moon goes around the Earth in about 29 days. During that time different amounts of it are visible. These are called the phases of the moon. In this activity, students will use a model to explore what causes the phases to occur.
Grade Level   5 6
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Explore how the changing length of daylight causes seasons on Earth.
Grade Level   5 6
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Produced collaboratively by the California Academy of Sciences and Khan Academy, this online course for high school (and adult) learners takes students on a virtual expedition investigating the discovery of life on Earth. Through more than 30 tutorials, students explore all aspects of biodiversity:...
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By XKCD
This website provides a timeline of Earth's temperature beginning thousands of years ago, to the current and future times to show how much warming earth has encountered.
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Welcome to Geography4Kids.com. If you are looking for physical geography or earth science basics, stay on this site. It's not just geography for kids, it's for everyone. This site has an introduction to the earth sciences that includes topics on the Earth's structure, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5
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Published in 2013
This computer-based learning module engages students in questions that scientists around the world are exploring about Earth's climate. They gain an appreciation for how much is not known about the Earth and climate change. The module contains 5 activities (Earth's Changing Climates; Interactions...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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