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Each month we present one or more resources that a community member has suggested for inclusion into the library. Your contributions are what make DLESE a community-owned project. Please do contribute by suggesting your favorite sites.



National Environmental Education Week

Sunflower logo of National Environmental Education WeekNational Environmental Education Week is April 15-21, with a goal of enhancing the educational impact of Earth Day, creating a full week of learning and activities in K-12 classrooms, nature centers, zoos, museums, and aquaria. The 2012 theme is Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning. EE Week is partnering with National Geographic Education and Project Noah to bring educators the information and tools they need to take technology outside, engaging students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning in their own schoolyard or local public land.

Posted Mar, 2012

Wed, 7 Mar 2012 13:00:00 MDT
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Students for the Environment

EPA iconThe EPA's Students for the Environment website offers a number of resources for K-16 learners, including an array of environmental and science based lesson plans, activities and games. Also offered is a Student's Guide to Global Climate Change, which includes a Climate Change Expedition, a trip around to world to explore the effects of climate change.

Tues, 1 Nov 2011 13:00:00 MDT
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Hurricanes: Science and Society

Hurricane imageThe Hurricanes: Science and Society website and associated educational resources provide information on the science of hurricanes, methods of observing hurricanes, modeling and forecasting of hurricanes, how hurricanes impact society, and how people and communities can prepare for and mitigate the impacts of hurricanes. These educational resources were developed by the University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) and many others, including independent scientific reviewers and 14 middle and high school teachers.

Posted Sept, 2011

Fri, 9 Sept 2011 13:00:00 MDT
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The Discovery of Sound in the Sea

Dosits imageThe Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS) Project introduces the science and uses of underwater sound and provides timely peer-reviewed content on the effects of underwater sound on marine animals. This newly redesigned website offers an interactive learning environment that allows users to quickly immerse themselves in a range of content; from the songs of humpback whales to interviews with cutting-edge scientists, to the use of acoustics to measure waves. Interactive resources have also been created for the site's Audio Gallery and Scientist Gallery.

Posted July, 2011

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 13:00:00 MDT
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Ocean Portal

Ocean Portal image Each year World Oceans Day encourages the international community to recognize the importance of the ocean within our interconnected Earth systems. Developed by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History and more than 20 collaborating organizations, Ocean Portal is a unique, interactive online experience that inspires awareness, understanding, and stewardship of the world's oceans. The Educators' Corner provides lesson plans, activities and teacher-tested, ocean science materials for the classroom. Photo essays and searchable multimedia resources are aimed at the major drivers of ocean change. Many of these resources are aligned with National Science Standards.

Posted May, 2011

Wed, 25 May 2011 13:00:00 MDT
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Climate Change and Colorado's Future

Colorado image Climate change is real and it is occurring faster than originally predicted. In this video series, scientists explain how climate change is affecting the state of Colorado, while citizens share stories and solutions. One of the more recent videos focuses on how climate change is accelerating the mountain pine beetle epidemic and what the future holds for Colorado's forests. A set of problem-based model lessons were developed by teams of middle and high school teachers with CU-Boulder scientists and science educators. Also available are the Colorado Science Standards for Climate and Energy.

Posted Apr, 2011

Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:00:00 MDT
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National Environmental Education Week

Sunflower logo of National Environmental Education WeekNational Environmental Education Week is April 11-16, with a goal of enhancing the educational impact of Earth Day, creating a full week of educational preparation, learning, and activities in K-12 classrooms, nature centers, zoos, museums, and aquariums. The 2011 theme is Ocean Connections, with a special focus on the Gulf Oil Spill. A list of websites, articles, video collections, online games and other tools provides educators with background information and teaching tools about a wide range of ocean topics. Also provided is a list of free ocean-related lesson plans and activities that are aligned with content standards for a variety of subjects and organized by grade level.

Posted Mar, 2011

Mon, 28 Mar 2011 13:00:00 MDT
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IRIS: Recent Earthquake Teachable Moments

IRIS logo The Education and Outreach group of IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology), offers a set of 'Recent Earthquake Teachable Moments', educational resources that capture that unplanned opportunity to bring knowledge, insight, and critical thinking to the classroom following a newsworthy earthquake. Each Teachable Moment contains interpreted USGS regional tectonic maps and summaries, computer animations, seismograms, AP photos, and other event-specific information. The site has already been updated with animations and visualizations of the recent magnitude 9.0 earthquake near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

Posted Mar, 2011

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:00:00 MDT
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POLENET - The Polar Earth Observing Network

Polenet iconPOLENET is a global network dedicated to observing the polar regions in a changing world.The project focuses on collecting GPS and seismic data from autonomous systems deployed at remote sites spanning much of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. GPS and seismic measurements together provide a means to answer critical questions about ice sheet behavior in a warming world. Educational resources include video podcasts, blogs, photo collections, interactive maps, interviews with scientists and information on student internships.

Posted Mar, 2011

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 13:00:00 MDT
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Join the 6th Worldwide Globe at Night: February 21 - March 6, 2011!

Globe at Night icon Globe at Night is an annual 2-week campaign that helps to address the light pollution issue locally as well as globally. You are invited along with everyone all over the world to record the brightness of your night sky by matching its appearance toward the constellation Orion with star maps of progressively fainter stars. You then submit your measurements on-line with your date, time and location. A few weeks later, organizers release a map of light-pollution levels worldwide.

Posted Feb, 2011

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 13:00:00 MDT
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Science of the Olympic Games

Ice Skater in spin. Science of the Olympic Games NBC Learn, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, unravels the physics, biology, chemistry, materials science and math behind the Olympic Winter Games. A series of 16 free videos have been produced that focus on a variety of sports including ski jumping, figure skating, and snowboarding as well as the design of the equipment and clothing that contribute to athletes speed and performance. Lesson plans and classroom activities that utilize the videos are provided by Lessonopoly; accessed by "flipping" the video window and clicking on "Links."

Posted Feb, 2010

Tues, 18 Feb 2010 13:00:00 MDT
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Magnitude 7.0 Haiti

Haiti globe logo The Education and Outreach groups of IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology), the University of Portland, and UNAVCO have developed a set of 'Teachable Moments', Power Point and .pdf presentations which provide a short summary of major tectonic events that can be used by educators to incorporate discussions of earthquakes and volcanic events, and resulting hazards. The presentations, generated by seismologists, geodesists, and educators, are available within a few hours to one day after the earthquake. The presentations include a variety of content allowing educators to customize the information for their classes. Common elements include US Geological Survey earthquake and volcano information, GPS time series from the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) network, plate tectonic and regional tectonic maps and summaries, computer animations, seismograms, photos, and other event-specific information.

Posted Jan, 2010

Tues, 19 Jan 2010 13:00:00 MDT
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Understanding Science

Understanding Science logo Understanding Science gives users an inside look at the general principles, methods, and motivations that underlie all of science. This project has at its heart a re-engagement with science that begins with teacher preparation and ends with broader public understanding.

Posted Dec, 2009

Thurs, 3 Dec 2009 9:00:00 MDT
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Earth Science Week 2009

Earth Science Week 2009 Each year, Earth Science Week focuses on a different facet of Earth science to help people gain a better understanding and appreciation of the natural world. "Understanding Climate", is the theme for Oct. 11-17 2009; promoting the scientific understanding of a timely, vital topic: Earth's climate. AGI's website provides information about ways for classrooms to integrate Earth Science Week into their curriculum including ways to involve the community, contests, and grade-level appropriate activities surrounding the year's theme. The site also includes a list of theme-based educational resources to help you get started.

Posted Oct, 2009

Tues, 13 Oct 2009 11:40:00 MDT
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Year of Science 2009

earth image The Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS) and its participants lead the way in the celebration of the Year of Science 2009 (YoS09) - a national, year-long celebration of science to engage the public and improve public understanding about how science works, why it matters, and who scientists are. As they develop programs for 2009, participating organizations share program ideas, register them in the COPUS registry, and collaborate with others to celebrate science.

Posted June, 2009

Tues, 9 June 2009 11:40:00 MDT
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Earth Day - April 22, 2009

earth image A number of events in April focus on personal and community involvement in protecting our global environment. This year, Earth Day is preceded by National Environmental Education Week (April 12-18), which increases the educational impact of Earth Day by creating a full week of educational preparation, learning, and activities in K-12 classrooms, nature centers, zoos, museums, and aquariums. Other suggestions for Earth Day activities can be found at Earth Day Network, an international alliance working to promote a healthy environment and a peaceful, just, sustainable world; the EPA's Earth Day website; and Earthday.gov, a cooperative effort across the entire U.S. government that offers links to volunteer opportunities as well as ideas on how you can take action at home, in the classroom, and at work.

Posted April, 2009

Thur, 2 Apr 2009 9:00:00 MDT
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Arctic Climate Modeling Program

polar bear image The Arctic Climate Modeling Program (ACMP) is a research-based weather and climate curriculum for K-12 classrooms. ACMP comprises hands-on, inquiry-based classroom lessons, an interactive multimedia DVD, engaging lectures from Geophysical Institute and International Arctic Research Center scientists, and a Student Network for Observing Weather (SNOW), enabling students around the world to study Alaska's weather.

Posted January, 2009

Wed, 7 Jan 2009 16:42:19 MDT
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NOAA Hurricane Education

noaa hurricane education logo The Hurricane Education site from NOAA provides teachers with curriculum materials, multimedia visual information, an archive of previous hurricane seasons and several posters. By knowing what actions students can take, they can reduce the effects of hurricane disaster. These activities for grades 7-12 focus on storm surge, one of the most damaging components of a hurricane.

For up-to-date hurricane information and images, visit NASA's Hurricane Resource Page.

Posted September, 2008

Wed, 3 Sept 2008 16:42:19 MDT
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Global Climate Change: NASA's Eyes on the Earth

global climate change Global Climate Change presents the latest climate information from NASA's Earth monitoring missions and research. Historical and current information help explain the vital signs of the planet. A Climate Time Machine tracks changes in global conditions such as ice melt, sea level, CO2 emissions and average global temperatures over time. Earth Science Missions from over a dozen spacecraft/instruments in orbit studying all aspects of the Earth system (oceans, land, atmosphere, biosphere, cyrosphere) are profiled. A Vital Signs Widget download is available for keeping track of the latest climate change data on your desktop.

Posted June, 2008

Thurs, 26 Jun 2008 16:42:19 MDT
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Project Budburst

Project BudBurst
Project BudBurst Project BudBurst invites citizen scientists to join in a field campaign to study the timing of life cycle events of native tree and flower species across the country. This valuable information can be compared to historical records to illustrate the effects of climate change. Last year's inaugural event drew thousands of people of all ages taking careful observations of the phenological events. As a result of the pilot field campaign, data collected can be used by scientists to learn about the responses of individual plant speciesto climatic variation locally, regionally, and nationally. The 2007 campaign garnered enthusiastic response and robust participation.

Posted February, 2008

Fri, 22 Feb 2008 16:42:19 MDT
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Data Sets and Inquiry in Geoscience Education

Data Sets and Inquiry in Geo Education logoData Sets and Inquiry in Geoscience Education (DIGS) recently completed and released two problem- and inquiry-based modules on Climate Change and Understanding Earthquake Activity Along Plate Boundaries. These modules offer educators materials that provide models for performance assessments in concert with inquiry-focused learning. They also offer models of how the interpretation and analysis of geoscientific data sets can be scaffolded through age-appropriate tasks that facilitate high-quality student inquiry. DLESE offers this list of additional resources that can support educators teaching and assessing students’ inquiry-based learning.

Posted January, 2008.

Fri, 11 Jan 2008
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DLESE Resources of Interest 2007
View the Resources of Interest highlighted by DLESE in 2007:
PolarTrec: Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating - The Habitable Planet - Alaska's Cold Desert - Adventures of the Agronauts - The Ever-Changing Beach - National Park Service - Encyclopedia of Earth at the Earth Portal - Project Budburst - The National Center for Case Study Reaching in Science - Understanding Climate Change - Cryosphere - Where the World is Frozen
Fri, 4 Feb 2008
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DLESE Resources of Interest 2006
View the Resources of Interest highlighted by DLESE in 2006:
Pulse of the Planet - Daylight Saving Time - NCAR Online Education - Earth Science Week: October 8-14, 2006: Be a citizen scientist! - Stellarium - Current Earth events provide learning opportunities - Windows into Wonderland - Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology - Exploring Alternative Energy Sources: A Lesson Plan - National Environmental Education Week - GLOBE at Night - MILAGRO (Megacity Initiative: Local And Global Research Observations) - Earth and Space Science for classrooms - New collection at Teachers' Domain
Fri, 4 Feb 2007 12:58:08 MST
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DLESE Resources of Interest 2005
View the Resources of Interest highlighted by DLESE in 2005:
Modeling the Reasons for Seasonal Change - Exploring Maps - USGS Earthquakes Hazards Program - Ocean Planet - Earth Science Week 2005 - Hurricane resources - Space flights and explorations - DLESE Teaching Boxes - Earth Exploration Toolbook - Journey North - All About Snow - Indian Ocean Tsunami
Fri, 4 Feb 2006 12:58:08 MST
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DLESE Resources of Interest 2004
View the Resources of Interest highlighted by DLESE in 2004:
Catch the SEACOOS Wave! - Why Some Students Have Trouble with Maps & Spatial Representations: An On-line Tutorial for Geoscience Faculty - Mt. St. Helens - Earth Science Week 2004 - Tropical Prediction Center - Classroom Antarctica - American Field Guide - NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab - World Ocean Day - Global Learning Observations to Benefit the Environment Program (GLOBE) - World Wise Schools' global education materials - Earth Day Network: Earth Day—April 22, 2004 - Mission Geography - Understanding Evolution - MarsQuest Online
Fri, 4 Feb 2005 12:46:01 MST
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DLESE Resources of Interest 2003
View the Resources of Interest highlighted by DLESE in 2003:
The Geological Society of America - Solar Week 2003 - The Marine Realms Information Bank - Solar Storm Update: October 28, 2003 - Earth Science week, October 12-18, 2003 - New Formulas for America's Workforce: Girls in Science and Engineering - National Earthquake Information Center and Virtual Earthquake - Tropical Prediction Center, Hurricane: Storm Science, and National Geographic Society's The Eye of the Hurricane - VisionLearning - Atmospheric Visualization Collection - Global Fire Monitoring - ExplorA-Pond - Alabama earthquake registers at 4.9 and the USGS information center - Earth Day Network - PALS (Performance Assessment Links in Science) - Exploring Earth - Education for a Sustainable Future - IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) and EarthScope - Stromboli On-line
Fri, 4 Feb 2004 12:45:43 MST
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DLESE Resources of interest 2002
View the Resources of Interest highlighted by DLESE in 2002:
BRIDGE's Ocean Science Teacher Resource Center - Paleontological Research Institution - Earth Science Week - Wildlife Management Activity Guide for Teachers - Environmental Protection Agency's AirData website - Explores (EXPloring and Learning the Operations and Resources of Environmental Satellites) - From the Top of the World...to the Bottom of the Food Web - StarDate Online activities - Exploring Our Dynamic Planet: Jules Verne Voyager, Jr. - Exploring Estuaries - Science Projects for ALL Students
Fri, 4 Feb 2003 12:45:24 MST
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DLESE Resources of Interest 2001
View the Resources of Interest highlighted by DLESE in 2001:
NASA's Learning Technologies Project, Athena - The Virtual Geosciences Professor - Bridge: Ocean Sciences Education Teacher Resource Center - The Hydrologic Cycle: online meteorology guide - Exploring Earthquakes in Space and Time Through the Internet and a Geographic Information System - Historical Significant Events Imagery database (HSEI), by the National Climatic Data Center - Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) - An Animated Tectonic History of Western North America and Southern California - Interactive Models for Geological Education Online (IMGEO) - Water on the Web
Fri, 4 Feb 2002 12:43:53 MST
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DLESE Resources of Interest 2000
View the Resources of Interest highlighted by DLESE in 2000:
Global Warming Project - Visit to an Ocean Planet - One Sky, Many Voices - TAPPED IN - Virtual Earthquake - Studying the Earth's Environment from Space
Fri, 4 Feb 2001 12:43:35 MST
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