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This activity has students explore the role that forests play in their own lives by listing everyday products made from trees. They use the Internet to find as many uses for trees as possible in order to develop a class list that should include foods from trees, products derived from all parts of a tree, environmental benefits of trees, and recreational uses of trees. Students are then asked to imagine ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Climatology, Forestry
 
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This activity has students identify fire risk factors for a property located near a wildland area. Given a picture of a house and surrounding property in a wooded setting, students attempt to identify and number all the areas of increased risk on the picture and then write down the reasons they believe each numbered area is at risk. The activity has a stated objective, student handout, procedure, ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Forestry, Natural hazards, Policy issues
 
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In this energy use simulation students are asked to click on the various household items to see what is draining energy and learn how to make their home more energy efficient. This simulation is not meant to be a definitive guide to energy consumption but rather a general look at how common sense can result in the saving of energy and money. Items such as electrical appliances, home heating systems ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Environmental science
 
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This resource for younger students is about what individuals can do to reduce pollution and help the environment. It is part of a series of information sheets about the atmosphere, climate, and the environment. It offers suggestions of actions each person can take in order to improve the environment including the use of public and other modes of transportation that conserve fossil fuels. There are ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Environmental science, Policy issues
 
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This lesson will help students to distinguish between renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy, investigate a variety of renewable energy resources and compare the benefits and drawbacks of each. Students will use internet resources to investigate and compare alternative sources of energy. It is presumed that students have some basic prior understanding of the concept of energy. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Environmental science
 
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This lesson is the first of a two-part series on the science of hurricanes and the kinds of technology being used to identify and track them. In this segment, students examine different scientific aspects of hurricanes, all in an effort to begin to understand the nature of motion, particularly how changes in speed or direction of motion are caused by forces. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Natural hazards
 
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The purpose of this lesson is to examine the role of technology in identifying and tracking hurricanes. It is the second in a two-part series on the science of hurricanes and the kinds of technology being used to identify and track them. Students broaden their study by exploring how technology and science are used today to identify, measure, and track powerful tropical storms to better warn and secure ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Natural hazards, Technology
 
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The activities in this lesson provide students with an understanding of the diversity of the scientific enterprise, and the people engaged in the work. Teachers should emphasize the diversity to be found in the scientific community: different kinds of people (in terms of race, sex, age, nationality) pursuing different sciences and working in different places (from isolated field sites to labs to offices). ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: History and philosophy of science
 
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This fictional story about a real Superfund site is available in English or Spanish. The Secret of Bog Creek Farm is a story about a real Superfund site where children learn through the eyes of local residents. The story explains how soil can become polluted and how it can be cleaned up by incineration. Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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This set of activities is designed to help students understand water pollution and its potential effects on human and wildlife habitats. They will understand that pollutants can be divided into three groups: chemical, thermal, and biological. Learning objectives include identification of two or more pollutants in a bog, marsh, stream or other wetland area, using words and art to relate a message about ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Field activity
Subject: Environmental science
 
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