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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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"To allow students to produce a """"marketable"""" product made from minerals that are used by most people every day. Both the abrasive and cleansing compounds found in toothpaste, calcium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate, are minerals. Students make their own toothpastes with different colors and...
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The JOIDES Resolution is an amazing ship that contains all the equipment necessary to drill into the ocean floor for samples of rock and sediment: a derrick, drill pipe, drilling tools, and drill bits. Once the cylindrical core sample arrives on the rig floor, the drill crew passes the 10 m core to...
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"Take a hard-boiled egg and crack its shell. Does the egg remind you of anything? The Earth, perhaps? The egg could be seen as a tiny model of the Earth. The thin shell represents the Earth's crust, divided into plates; within the shell is the firm but slippery mantle. Move the pieces of the shell...
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Hey Kids! If you are interested in the USS Monitor, marine life, or just fascinated by shipwrecks, this is the place for you! Did you know that the USS Monitor is one of the most famous warships of all time? That it was the Union’s first ironclad and was built in only 100 days? That it sank off...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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How do the natural shapes of gemstone crystals control what the final cut gem will look like? Where do gemstones come from? What makes them sparkle? Where do their colors come from? There's nothing as eye-catching as a piece of fine jewelry covered in beautifully colored gemstones. Natural...
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"Weather Scope: An Investigative Study of Weather and Climate is an internet-based multidisciplinary project which will enrich a student's learning experience through """"unique and compelling"""" applications of instructional technology. In particular, this project taps into some of the exciting...
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On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse swept across the U.S.A. The glorious sight of the fully eclipsed sun was visible along a 60-mile-wide path arching from Oregon to South Carolina. Millions of people traveled to this “path of totality” to watch as the moon entirely covered the face of the...
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"How does your school teach students about disasters and disaster preparedness? NIH's K-12 education team recently compiled a list of disaster-related resources for schools and classrooms. The resources are vetted for accuracy and include lesson plans, curriculum, games, and fact sheets. Students...
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The purpose of this task is for students to represent and interpret weather data, as well as answer questions about the data they have recorded. Teachers could modify this task to include the most common weather in their local area.
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Students use prior knowledge, a photo gallery, and a video to discuss what they already know about extreme weather on Earth and brainstorm a list of weather-related words. Then they organize information they learned about weather events and conditions present for each type of weather event, and...
Grade Level   2 3 4 5
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Students use polystyrene foam balls and light bulbs to investigate the sun's intensity on the surface of the Earth.
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Children ages 8 to 11 discover the Moon's influence on our culture through this 30-minute, light-hearted investigation of lunar phases. The children hear a story, song, or (silly or serious) poem that celebrates the Moon's different phases. They recreate the shapes of the lunar phases using the...
Grade Level   3 4 5
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"In """"""""Exploring Climate Science (Weather and Climate)-"""""""" students will use tools to collect weather data and discuss the differences between weather and climate. Students will be able to: compare and contrast weather and climate, providing at least three differences between the two; and...
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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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Using baking ingredients to whip up a moon-like crater as a demonstration for students. This activity works in classrooms, camps, and at home.
Grade Level   1 2 3 4 5 6
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Explore how the changing position of the Sun causes seasons on Earth.
Grade Level   5 6
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"What is sea-level rise and how does it affect us? This """"""""Teachable Moment"""""""" looks at the science behind sea-level rise and offers lessons and tools for teaching students about this important climate topic."
Grade Level   5
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Students learn about the phases of the moon by acting them out. In 30 minutes, they will act out one complete 30-day cycle.
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The moon goes around the Earth in about 29 days. During that time different amounts of it are visible. These are called the phases of the moon. In this activity, students will use a model to explore what causes the phases to occur.
Grade Level   5 6
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