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Welcome to the K-12 area for educators!

This area focuses on the special needs of K-12 educators and has tips for finding resources for K-12 classrooms, collections specifically designed for K-12 teachers, information on searching using National Science and Geography Standards, services for optimizing use of DLESE resources in K-12 environments, and information careers and professions in the Earth sciences.  

Finding resources by Grade Range

When searching for resources, you can specify the grade range by using the Grade Level drop-down menu in the search box on the home page or under Educational Resources -> Find a resource. You can also narrow an existing set of search results by clicking on the Grade Level drop-down menu in the results page.

We have developed examples of exemplary resources to use if you're showing DLESE to friends or colleagues and want to find quick listings of good resources:

Finding resources by Resource Type

When searching for educational resources in DLESE, you can set the type of resource that you are looking for. The types include activities (classroom, computer, lab, field), lesson plans, syllabi, case studies, visual (graphics and illustrations), audio, services (ask-an-expert...), and data, etc.

While a particular resource type can be used to support many kinds of teaching goals and types of learning and understanding, some types are more suitable for certain goals and levels of understanding than others. The Tying Resource Type to Learning Goal table has suggestions for how to use resource types to target learning outcomes.

Finding resources associated with Science Standards

You can search over two sets of standards, the National Science Education Standards (NSES), and the National Geography Standards. To search for resources using these standards, select Standards from the drop-down menu in the search box on the home page or under Educational Resources -> Find a resource. You can also narrow an existing set of search results by clicking on the Standards drop-down menu in the results page.

Finding resources to teach specific interrelated Concepts of Earth System Science

Browse the Earth Science Literacy Maps* to explore research-based scientific concepts and find resources to guide your teaching of those concepts. These concepts are concrete and grade-appropriate. They are based on the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Benchmarks for Science Literacy (AAAS Project 2061) and are aligned with the National Science Education Standards (NSES). You will see how concepts interrelate within and between the following Earth science topics:

* The DLESE Earth Science Literacy Maps interface was created by Digital Learning Sciences and NCAR Library using the NSDL Strand Map Service (SMS). The NSDL Strand Map Service (SMS) was produced by researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Digital Learning Sciences under NSF grants 0734889, 0226286 and is based on the strand maps developed by Project 2061 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science and published in the Atlas of Science Literacy, Volumes 1 and 2 (2001 and 2007, AAAS Project 2061 and the National Science Teachers Association).

Teaching Boxes: Using resources aligned to standards in prepared lessons

Collections for K-12

Examples of collections aimed at K-12 teachers and students:

Other aids for finding good resources

Services and tools

Top Last modified September 10, 2009.