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Published in 2014
Learn how experts joined forces to figure out what happened at the end of the Cretaceous, 66 million years ago. Meet Dr. Kirk Johnson, a paleobotanist and Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History. While you may know about the extinction of large dinosaurs, you might not realize that...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2016
What are earthquakes? Get a new perspective on these powerful phenomena with this collection of videos and infographics co-presented by the California Academy of Sciences and KQED. You'll learn why earthquakes happen, how they've shaped the Bay Area, and what you can do to prepare for the next one.
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2007
In this video from QUEST produced by KQED, find diagrams of plate tectonics and look at the SAFOD earthquake study in Parkfield. Also find information about the ELARMS earthquake alarm system and how it might help people in earthquake-prone areas. This video is also available in both English and...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2006
In this lesson plan, students are introduced to a variety of natural hazards and explore how understanding these threats makes us better able to avoid or reduce their potential harmful impact.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2006
In this lesson plan, students learn about the Moon's changing appearance and how orbital motion causes the Moon's phases.
Grade Level   3 4 5
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Published in 2011
Solar and wind power may get the headlines when it comes to renewable energy. But another type of clean power is heating up in the hills just north of Sonoma wine country. Geothermal power uses heat from deep inside the Earth to generate electricity. The Geysers, the world's largest power-producing...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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These Instructional Modules provide K–12 teachers with high-quality, supplemental digital media resources for teaching about Earth’s systems—from weather phenomena to the development of land and water features. Resources include videos, images, data visualizations, interactives, and games from...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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We know that the dinosaurs went extinct 66 million years ago. But what about other time markers in geologic history? How do we know what organisms lived in the past? How can we show geologic time? Geologic history is told through research done by scientists of the rock, sediment, and fossil records...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8
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Published in 2006
In this lesson, students are introduced to the theory of plate tectonics and explore how the theory was developed and supported by evidence. Through class discussion, videos, and activities, students seek connections between tectonic activity and geologic features and investigate how the theory of...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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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.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2007
"With its rolling hills and winter storms, the Bay Area has been a landslide hotspot. Now geologists are using new high-tech tools to understand and predict these natural disasters. In this QUEST video produced by KQED, find an explanation of """"deep-seated"""" and """"shallow"""" landslides and...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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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...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2006
In this lesson, students explore the causes of earthquakes and their impact on the geology of an area and on human societies. They begin by looking at the role tectonic plates play in creating the forces that cause earthquakes, to help them understand why earthquakes occur when and where they do....
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2008
This Nature lesson will help students to evaluate how the interactions of air, moisture, wind, and topography combine to create the extreme environment found in Death Valley, California.
Grade Level   8 9 10
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Published in 2008
This Nature lesson discusses the processes of weathering and erosion and how they work together to shape the earth's landscape.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10
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Published in 2006
Fossils provide a valuable record of the plant and animal life and environmental conditions from millions, even billions of years ago. In this lesson, students create their own fossils, and then use multimedia resources to learn how real fossils form and what scientists can learn from them.
Grade Level   3 4 5
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Published in 2014
Explore volcanoes as windows into the Earth's melted interior. Meet Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell, a geologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Understand how you are connected to the interior of the Earth through cycling of gases and other materials. Uncover the evidence about geologic events...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2006
Using this Lesson Plan, students study satellite data and explore an example of long-term climate change to learn about the seasons, changes in climate, and the role of Earth's tilted axis.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2008
In this Nature lesson, students will learn about different types of volcanoes, how and why they erupt and the physical impact of volcanic eruptions.
Grade Level   9 10 11
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