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There are a variety of details in understanding tides. For elementary students, simply understanding what tides are and their frequency is appropriate (each day typically has two high tides and two low tides). Tying this to a model of gravity and the Moon’s motion and phases to understand tides...
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"Haven't you always wanted to associate those amazing photographs of our beautiful planet taken from space with their locations on the Earth? With the Image Detective interactive tool, you can do just that! By doing so, you will help to locate hundreds of thousands of images and also enhance your...
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"Students use ice cream glaciers and hot wax lava flows to simulate the interactions of glaciers and lava flows. This lesson plan is part of the """"Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard"""" curriculum, created through a partnership between Mount Rainier National Park and the US Geological Survey...
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If you have ever used Google Earth, what was the first place you tried to find? For many people the answer is “my home.” Where humans choose to live is one of the fundamental influences on the surface of our planet. People influence and change Earth’s systems (atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere,...
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Density is an intrinsic physical property of minerals that relates to the composition of the mineral and to the pattern in which the mineral’s atoms are arranged. “Intrinsic” means that the property is the same for the mineral, no matter what the size or shape of the sample. In this activity,...
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In this activity, you’ll  investigate dynamics in Earth’s crust that explain multiple Earth science phenomena.
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We find carbon everywhere on Earth ─ in trees, rocks, fossil fuels, oceans, and even you! Carbon doesn’t stay in one place, through. Scientists study how carbon moves from one place to another. This is the carbon cycle. The Industrial Revolution, starting in the 1700s, saw a move to large-scale...
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Published in 2017
Explore geologic features through an interactive from NOVA’s Making North America in this lesson plan from WGBH. Observe and gather evidence of geoscience processes such as weathering, erosion, and deposition, that have shaped and continue to shape Earth’s surface at varying spatial and time...
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Published in 2017
In case you haven’t already heard, there’s a total solar eclipse coming to North America on August 21, 2017. In the path of totality, viewers will be in the shadow of the moon for about two minutes. What most people don’t realize is that for about an hour before and an hour after totality, a...
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The goal of the Noon Day Project is to have students measure the circumference of the Earth using a method that was first used by Eratosthenes over 2,000 years ago. Students at various sites around the world measure shadows cast by a meter stick and compare the results. From this data, students will...
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"In this activity, students use a light source, a polystyrene ball, and their bodies to model solar and lunar eclipses, the phases of the moon, and the revolution and rotation of the moon. By observing their models of these phenomena in three dimensions, reality-checking with their notes of their...
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Monitor our planet's vital signs, such as sea level height, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration and Antarctic ozone. Trace the movement of water around the globe using the gravity map from NASA's GRACE satellites. Spot volcanic eruptions and forest fires using the carbon monoxide vital sign....
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The GOES-16 (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite), launched in 2016, is the first weather satellite in the GOES-R series from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Orbiting 22,000 miles above Earth, GOES-16 can see amazing details of weather on Earth and will...
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Targeted for grades 5-8, the Challenger Center's Martians of Tomorrow STEM Awareness Campaign aims to inspire the next generation of Mars Exploration and involve students in a simulated space-themed mission, Expedition Mars. Take a quiz to find out what role -- communications, navigation, biology,...
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The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies is a trusted leader in Earth and space science education, communication and outreach, and in fostering national and international cooperation in global Earth observations. These efforts-- designed to improve understanding of and response to natural...
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"Discover your """"birthquake,"""" the most powerful earthquake on the day of your birth. Enter your birth date and discover the location and magnitude of the biggest quakes around the world!"
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"""""Thar's gold in them thar classrooms!"""" History meets Earth science in the fun, hands-on activity below. Students pan for gold and other minerals, experiencing what early settlers of the Western US went through. Some gold deposits, or lodes, are found in veins of fractured rock. After millions...
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"In this activity, students will use an accelerometer (iPhone, laptop or USB) to kinesthetically explore the physical """"meaning"""" of three component seismic data by replicating a seismogram by moving the accelerometer. Students have a chance to identify S and P waves and describe the paths each...
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In this lesson, students examine seismic evidence to determine a) Earth must have a layered internal structure and, b) estimate the size of Earth’s core. Using an inquiry approach, students are divided into two teams (theoreticians and seismologists) to test the simplest hypothesis for what is...
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This investigation is designed to help participants make connections between the different components of the Earth System (biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and geosphere) through observing their local outdoor area, categorizing the observations into one or more “spheres”, and drawing links...
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