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This site provides a variety of information and photographs about earth science. Features include the searchable Earth Science World ImageBank, which features thousands of images of all aspects of earth science. Also at this site can be found an Interactive Geological Time Scale, a virtual oil-well game and a book center. There is also information about careers in the earth sciences and Earth Science ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Non-profit portal
Subject: Atmospheric science, Environmental science, Physical geography, Geologic time, Geology
 
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In this activity students study a United States Geologic Survey (USGS) topographic map of the area where their school is located and compare it with a similar map of a different area. They will also study the USGS map symbols. During this activity students will identify a variety of topographic map symbols, locate their school and surrounding area on a topographic map, and make generalizations about ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Human geography, Physical geography
 
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In this activity students are given two copies of a customized topographic map. They color in parts of one of the maps according to a key while the other copy of the map is used as a template for cutting pieces of light cardboard that will represent the elevation at various contour levels. Students then glue the cardboard layers in a stack as appropriate, using the colored copy of the map as a guide ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Field activity
Subject: Human geography, Physical geography
 
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The Ulysses Space Mission Word Search is a word search game that includes words relating to the Ulysses space mission that explored unknown regions of space above the north and south poles of the Sun. Windows to the Universe is a user-friendly learning system pertaining to the Earth and Space sciences. The objective of this project is to develop an innovative and engaging web site that spans the Earth ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), Informal, General public
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Space science
 
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This website highlights the themes and research sites of the Lake Temiskaming Fossil Center located in Notre-Dame-du-Nord, Quebec. Focusing on the Ordovician-Silurian period (from 505 to 400 million years ago), the site is designed to increase the understanding of life on Earth during the earliest stages of evolution. A series of slide shows introduce the geology of the region, the flora and fauna ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), Informal
Resource type: Presentation / Demo, Illustration - scientific, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Geologic time, Geology, Paleontology
 
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Mission Geography uses existing NASA data and images where possible to engage students in active, hands-on inquiry, modeling the scientific method and developing students' understanding of environment-society relations and Earth science. This module focuses on Earth as our home and investigates the physical and human landscapes in which we live. Students learn that the world's population is unevenly ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Module / Unit
Subject: Physical geography, Space science, Technology
 
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Mission Geography uses existing NASA data and images where possible to engage students in active, hands-on inquiry, modeling the scientific method and developing students' understanding of environment-society relations and Earth science. This module looks at many different kinds of paths and considers why paths are where they are and how they look from space. People and animals make paths that take ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Module / Unit
Subject: Environmental science, Human geography, Natural hazards, Technology
 
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This site describes the skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex at the University of California Museum of Paleontology and includes active links for more information. The first, Meet T. rex gives general information about the animal. The second link, Building T. rex, includes pictures of the actual construction of the skeleton. The third link contains children's art depicting various dinosaurs. The final link ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), Informal
Resource type: Illustration - artistic, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Paleontology
 
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Weather related information that includes weather satellites (their history, science, and imaging), Radar (history, detection, and types), and lightning (how it happens and detection) can be found on this site. An interactive section allows users to practice forecasting. There are links to up-to-date weather information and a make your own weather station project. The El Nino section discusses major ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Illustration - scientific, Imagery - remotely sensed, Video, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science
 
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This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) site provides classroom resources about the Moon. A teacher's guide contains basic detailed information about the Moon, such as the lunar landscape, craters, and Moon rocks. The lesson plan and activities sections cover phases of the Moon, lunar landforms, a Lunar Prospector model, and orbits. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lab activity, Guide for instructor, Lesson plan, Photograph
Subject: Space science, Technology
 
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