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A system is a group of related features or objects that are organized in some way. Different parts of a system interact with each other. This causes a system to function in some way as a whole. Every system has a driving force that makes it work. In any system, there can be a large number of parts...
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Using fossils to correlate and locate the correct strata, and to determine where in those strata dinosaurs might be found, it is now possible to see how dinosaur fossils can be traced from one place to another.
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Rocks break down into smaller pieces through weathering. Rocks and sediment grinding against each other wear away surfaces. This type of weathering is called abrasion, and it happens as wind and water rush over rocks. The rocks become smoother as rough and jagged edges break off. In this activity,...
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This activity has students making a topographic model out of salad trays. Students copy maps onto the trays and add different topographic features. When put together, the trays show a complete topographic map.
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Camps and workshops at the Gilbert House utilize a hands-on, inquiry-based approach. Experienced educators guide all the learning opportunities. Our staff, our methods and our children's museum environment create the perfect combination for a fantastic experience. Camps are designed to be fun,...
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"The Kids' website from NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences features games, activities, stories, and lessons that encourage elementary and middle level students to learn about the environment and have fun while doing it. Topic links like Environment and Health; Healthy Living;...
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The National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) has resources, activities, games, and links to teach elementary and middle level students about staying safe in severe weather such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, lightning, and winter storms. In addition to Owlie Skywarn coloring sheets, teachers can...
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With this animation you can see soil develop right before your eyes. Watch the organic matter cover the soil surface and become the organic horizon. Below that horizon are several others which have specific characteristics. Learn what comprises each horizon and how it interacts with the other...
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This resource has been around for awhile but it hasn't lost its potential to enrich class discussions on structural geology and geomorphology. The actual Gallery has links to QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) and QuickTime (QT) movies of digital topography. Each movie consists of a 3D perspective of...
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"Many large words that are used every day are made up of small, pieces of words called roots or combining forms. The roots come from other languages like Greek and Latin and, when combined, form common English words. The names of dinosaurs are formed the same way. Although they often seem to be...
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Published in 2018
Any evidence of past life preserved in a geologic context, such as within rock or sediment, is called a fossil. In this activity, you will work as a paleontologist -- a scientist who studies fossils to understand ancient landscapes, climate, and life on Earth — to find and identify fossils. The...
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Published in 1995
Bill Nye talks about rocks and soils. Season 3 Episode 4.
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Published in 1998
Bill Nye talks about erosion. Season 5 Episode 14.
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This teacher-moderated, interactive website helps children understand climate change. Kids Against Climate Change offers easy-to-understand information and a space for kids to talk about their experiences with climate around them.
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"Free, downloadable posters and brochures from NOAA's Marine Debris Program. Hang a display in learning centers to educate visitors about """"garbage patches,"""" put a poster in your classroom, or hand out brochures in your community."
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"This is a 3D tour that allows you to """"""""walk"""""""" around the Yoho National Park in Canada and zoom in on various geological features. Still pictures of rock formations and mountains are included."
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Teaching Media Virtual Field Trips
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"Nova Scotia's virtual museum offers plenty of information on fossils. Students can """"""""tour"""""""" the museum, discovering answers on what trace fossils are, what footprint fossils look like, and how to duplicate life. Activities and links to where actual fossil sites is also provided."
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This is the National Park Service's site for kids of all ages. If you love our National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites, this site is for you. If you are new to our National Parks, we hope this site helps you experience how wonderful they can be. We've recently updated this site to make it even...
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This website teaches elementary and middle level students about the importance of water and why we need to conserve it. test their knowledge of water conservation with the WaterSense game, or find simple suggestions for saving water, such as turning off the tap when brushing your teeth; taking...
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Today, there are many active volcanoes worldwide. Is there anything we can do to predict how and when they erupt? Click through this interactive as it tells you about how volcanoes form, possible forecasting techniques, and coping with volcanic eruptions.
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