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In this webquest, you will learn a little about the GPM mission, and then will focus on the Earth’s water cycle.
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These original GPM lessons have been developed to teach students about local and global water issues. . They are hands on activities that are done largely outdoors, and which include scientific data collection and analysis and integrate technology.
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Published in 2004
"In this activity, students take a """"crayon rock"""" through different parts of the rock cycle. Students first create """"sediments"""" by shaving crayons to create a pile of bits and pieces (sediments)). Next, students apply pressure to the """"sediments"""" causing them to stick together. This...
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Published in 2007
There are many different maps of the same place, and not all information about a place can be put on the same map. For maps to communicate, they focus on showing a limited number of things. This activity teaches students what all maps can tell us. It also teaches students how to read a topographic...
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Understanding how the pieces of the fossil puzzle fit together allows the paleontologist to imagine the earth as it was millions of years ago. Introduce the activity to the students by telling them that they are all paleontologists and have found many different fossils. Based upon those fossils,...
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How do scientists zero in on deep sea vents within the world's vast oceans - especially when they are located a mile or more below the surface? Think like a scientist and you'll find out! Climb aboard this virtual expedition along an unknown stretch of the Pacific Ocean's Juan de Fuca Ridge to see...
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Conservation Connect - a web-based video series created in partnership by FWS and NSTA - helps students ages 10-15 connect to outdoors and to conservation careers. New episodes are broadcast the third Wednesday of every month throughout the school year at 2 pm Eastern Time (ET). Each five- to...
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When students are hands-on with groundwater models they can explore the components of the groundwater systems and test their ideas about how the system works. This guide provides easy to follow instructions for constructing am aquifer model from easy to access common household materials.
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This activity, designed for 4th-12th graders, asks students to explore the concepts of watersheds, catchment basins, and water resources. Through this fun, hands-on activity students will learn basic stream features and flow properties, while understanding the sources of water.
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This interactive lesson will allow you to explore Earth’s freshwater resources. You will learn how NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission is helping us better understand our most valuable natural resource.
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Did you know NASA has satellites that observe rain and snow all over the world? With this activity you can access NASA data to see how much precipitation was observed by satellites for your location any time from June 2000 to the present.
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This lesson uses cubes as a way to graph precipitation data to compare the precipitation averages and seasonal patterns for several different locations. There are several variations to accommodate various ages and ability levels.
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This interactive lesson uses a blow-up globe and a kinesthetic activity to help participants gain an understanding of how much water is on Earth’s surface.
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"This short video, derived from the Science on a Sphere film """"Water Falls"""", explores how Earth's freshwater resources are allocated and used."
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Fossils give us an amazing picture of past life on Earth, because they are evidence of living things from long ago. Fossils can tell us about the living conditions, or environments, of ancient times. In this investigation, students will explore a set of fossils to determine the living conditions of...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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We invite teachers and their students to study earthquakes via real accounts of earthquakes in our own region. It's easy with access to the Internet. 48 Intermountain West earthquakes that have occurred since 1876 have been researched by Earthquake Education Services (EES). Newspaper articles,...
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This activity uses the Earthquake Machine, a mechanical model that illustrates the earthquake cycle, as a tool to investigate the behavior of fault systems. In the activity groups of students are presented with a claim about earthquakes. Using the Earthquake Machine, students design an investigation...
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NASA Next, an online magazine for students in grades 5-8, breaks down complex science to inform young readers about the latest news and research from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Articles describe Goddard science, including studies of Earth, the Sun, our solar system, and the universe; most...
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Explore how the changing length of daylight causes seasons on Earth.
Grade Level   5 6
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In this activity, you will explore local rocks for signs of the Rock Cycle, the sequence of making and breaking down rocks.
Grade Level   5 6
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