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In this activity students learn the importance of petroleum products by considering what it would be like to live in a world without them. After the teacher reviews some uses of petroleum as well as some problems caused by the use of petroleum, students study a worksheet that includes pictures of two houses. The houses are identical except everything made with petroleum has been taken out of the second ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues, Technology
 
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This role-playing activity engages students in a practical exercise in land use planning, helping to reinforce the positive and negative aspects of land use laws and local zoning ordinances. Using photographs or color slides, and a legal description (deed) of a choice piece of relatively undeveloped real estate in their area (at least 20 acres in size), they will work in groups to select a proposed ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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For the past 100 million years, redeposited sediment has gradually increased the size of the Mississippi River Delta. But over the past several decades, the coast of southern Louisiana has been losing rather than gaining land. This interactive feature illustrates how river management practices and severe weather events, including Hurricane Katrina, dramatically changed the size and shape of the Louisiana ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Imagery - remotely sensed, Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science
 
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Long before the devastating December 2004 Indian Ocean event, tsunamis had already been implicated in the widespread death and destruction in Java and Sumatra following the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa. Tsunamis are also blamed for the collapse of the ancient Minoan civilization on Crete. These waves are capable of overrunning almost any coastline in the world and exacting a serious toll on both property ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Map, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and other Gulf Coast communities when it blew ashore on August 29, 2005. This essay discusses current thinking among experts on whether global warming may be contributing to the increased strength of hurricanes. It includes the results of a study using statistical data dating back to the nineteenth century that suggests hurricanes are lasting longer and reaching ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Video, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Natural hazards
 
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Long before Hurricane Katrina, most experts knew the city of New Orleans was vulnerable to flooding caused by hurricanes because it is below sea level, between a lake and a river, and on the hurricane-prone Gulf Coast. This video segment provides an account of Hurricane Ivan, a near miss that occurred just one year before Katrina, some of the measures (pumps and levees) that have been taken to keep ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Video, Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Natural hazards
 
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Hurricane Katrina provided a stark reminder of the importance of accurate hurricane prediction. This video segment, produced a year before Katrina struck, describes the then-current state of research into what causes hurricanes and how scientists use satellite technology to analyze the interior structure of hurricanes in their ongoing efforts to more accurately predict the path and intensity of these ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Video, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Natural hazards, Technology
 
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Weather is notoriously unpredictable; however, climate descriptions, which identify average and normal temperatures and precipitation levels, tend to be perceived as stable, at least over time scales that humans can easily relate to. New evidence suggests that hasn't always been the case. This video segment describes climate data, obtained from ice cores drilled into the Greenland Ice Sheet, that ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Video, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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In just 30 years, the Aral Sea has lost more than 60 percent of its water. Barring change, it may disappear entirely by 2020. In this visualization, satellite images dating from 1973 to 2000 show how water diverted from this inland lake for agriculture has caused it to shrink considerably over a short period of time. The feature can be run as an animation or as a series of slides. A background essay ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Imagery - remotely sensed, Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Physical geography, Hydrology
 
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Region 7 Teacher's Lounge is divided into three categories: resources, classroom activities (K-12), and miscellaneous. The resources described in various links include: environmental education grants, environmental educator organizations and associations, EPA speakers bureau, information resource center, links to environmental education sites, and publications. ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Government portal
Subject: Environmental science
 
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