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Shark teeth are the most commonly preserved fossils from sharks. In this lesson, students will learn how to identify parts of shark teeth and how to measure shark teeth using one of two methods (fitting teeth into circles or using a paper ruler). This is a prerequisite skill for Lesson 2 where...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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In this extensive sixth grade 17-day lesson students will travel to the Aurora Fossil Museum in North Carolina to hunt for fossils and visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Students will be real scientists throughout the project, taking all steps scientists do when...
Grade Level   6
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Students will learn about the components of soils, conduct a soil exploration lab, make a flipbook representing different types of soils and soil horizons, and analyze data in spreadsheets to learn about different species of bacteria in the dandelion microbiome.
Grade Level   6 7
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Students will be able to explain that carbon dioxide from any source reacts chemically with water to form carbonic acidd. They will also be able to use the color changes of a universal indicator to monitor the changing pH of a solution during a chemical reaction.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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This activity can be carried out using any exposed surface of rocks, including natural and artificial rock exposures, but also building stones, monuments or gravestones. Manufactured materials such as bricks, tiles, and concrete also show the effects of weathering. This series of Earthlearningideas...
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The purpose of this experiment is to watch lightning and hear thunder to give you clues about how far away you are from a storm.
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The purpose of this experiment is to see convection.
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A Sector Globe is a polyhedron used to approximate a sphere in order to represent features on the Earth or some other sphere. It can easily be constructed from a print-out using scissors and tape. Most of the faces of the polyhedron are squares or trapezoids, and the polar caps are represented by a...
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Amazing Space has resources on all your astronomical needs: the solar ystem, black holes, stars, telescopes, history, and more. We are the Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute's Office of Public Outreach. We promote the science and majestic beauty of the universe to the education...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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A team of scientists from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is studying the presence of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the Antarctic. Use this site to learn about POPs, the team, and different places where the scientists are working. In addition, the site contains learnign...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8
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In this 10-minute investigation, children ages 10 to 13 use a penny and a quarter to model that the Moon does indeed spin on its axix as it orbits the Earth.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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The Moon is the reason for our 24-hour day! In this 45-minute activity, children ages 10 to 13 explore the Earth's rotation and the Moon's role.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Children model ancient lunar impacts using water balloons. By measuring the diameter of the crater area, children discover that the Moon's argest impact basins were created by huge asteroids! Like these huge asteroids, the water balloons were destroyed on impact and leave a splash (i.e., crater)...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8
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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...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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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How is the world connected to the pencil you hold in your hand? Complete this activity to find out.
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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...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The Ozone Hole poster used in this activity brings together colorful images of over 30 years of satellite observations of the ozone hole. Once you understand the meaning of the color scale, you can interpret the colors on the globes and see how the ozone hole has changed over time.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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