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This section of the Windows to the Universe web site provides information and images about scientists including detailed information about the history of the scientists, mathematicians, astronauts, and inventors that discovered phenomena about the Earth and the universe from ancient times to the present. Windows to the Universe is a user-friendly learning system pertaining to the Earth and Space sciences. ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), Informal, General public
Resource type: Illustration - artistic, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: History and philosophy of science
 
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This is a brief overview of the Theory of Plate Tectonics. According to the theory, the Earth's surface layer, or lithosphere, consists of seven large and 18 smaller plates that move and interact in various ways. Along their boundaries, they converge, diverge, and slip past one another, creating the Earth's seismic and volcanic activities. These plates lie atop a layer of partly molten rock called ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Geophysics
 
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This site contains four topics and twenty activities all related to maps and mapping. Whether a map is of a classroom, a city, or a planet, the same basic knowledge is required to understand the information it contains: scale, orientation, angles, and measurement. In this chapter, students practice reading maps, first of nearby surroundings, then of their town, and then of the Earth and stars. This ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Physical geography, Space science
 
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In this lesson students will pretend they have just returned from a year in the Arctic or Antarctic. They will look at Web sites about these regions and expeditions to them, and they will create posters illustrating their experiences. Students will conclude by writing paragraphs explaining what it would be like to visit the polar region that they did not focus on in this lesson. As they complete this ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Climatology, Physical geography, Natural hazards
 
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People benefit from the work of meteorologists on a daily basis, and, when severe weather approaches, meteorologists serve what is perhaps their most important function in society. In this video segment, one student describes how her interest in observing the weather led her to volunteer at a local weather center where she gains hands-on experience with weather instruments and learns from a practicing ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Video, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science
 
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Sci4Kids is a series of stories about what scientists do at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS). The stories in Sci4Kids are based on some of the articles in the ARS monthly Agricultural Research magazine and other news reports. Sci4Kids stories illustrate how science is not something far away in a laboratory, but is wired right into daily life. Ideas and ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Ref. material
Subject: Agricultural science
 
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In this activity students will work with ice to learn math concepts: perimeter, diameter, circumference, adding decimals, and linear measurement. This math lesson will evolve into an inquiry-based study to determine if the dimensions of the ice will make a difference in the way the ice floats in the water. The inquiry lesson may lead to further inquiry-based investigations for extended learning in ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Cryology, Mathematics
 
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In this activity, students use an interactive timeline to learn about the history of the exploration and study of the ocean. The timeline includes persons and events in both surface and deep sea exploration, which ranges from the invention of the diving bell through the exploration of William Beebe to Conshelf One. Surface exploration information includes the ancient Phoenicians, Ben Franklin and ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity
Subject: Biological oceanography, Chemical oceanography, Physical oceanography
 
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This online utility allows teachers to make web lessons for student use. These lessons guide the student through the process of using bibliographic citations to help them analyze photographs. Teachers provide the photographs and bibliographic information. Graphic Sleuth provides editable templates that will help build a complete lesson around the photos and bibiliography information. Examples of four ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Computer activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Physical geography, History and philosophy of science, Natural hazards
 
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This site presents biographical information and an interview with Dr. Neil de Grasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. The interview is a question-and-answer session that ranges from his childhood aspirations to modern techniques for sensing remote objects used by astronomers today. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Space science, Technology
 
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