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This two-part activity provides information on seasonal changes in the mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet. In Part 1, students use an atlas and satellite imagery to examine the geography of the region and identify seasonal changes in the boundaries of the ice sheet. In Part 2, they will collect a series of images of the Antarctic ice sheet covering a period of several years, draw the boundaries ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Lab activity, Illustration - artistic, Imagery - remotely sensed, Map
Subject: Biology, Climatology, Cryology, Ecology, Environmental science, Physical geography, Natural hazards, Physical oceanography
 
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This teacher-directed demonstration provides a conceptual understanding of latent heat. Using the example of a chemical hand warmer, students learn about phase changes from liquid to solid and from solid to liquid and observe that one of these phase changes releases heat while the other requires heat to be added. These concepts are then reinforced in a demonstration which involves heating water and ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Lesson plan, Presentation / Demo
Subject: Atmospheric science, Chemistry, Physics
 
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Students learn how Newton's Law of Gravitation can be used to determine the mass of the Earth. By calculating mass and volume, they can then determine the Earth's density, and compare that result with the densities of other solar system bodies. Knowledge of Earth's density can also provide information about the planet's interior. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Geophysics, Physics
 
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In this activity, students play the roles of consultants in developing a geologic 'tour' south od Rochester, New York, near the Pennsylvania border. They will gather information on the local rock types and underlying geology, examine an assemblage of fossils from the bedrock and from glacial erratics, and prepare a report detailing the geology with cross-sections and a timeline based on the fossil ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Geologic time, Geology, Paleontology
 
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In this exercise, students investigate long-term weather variables such as temperature and humidity to determine their affect on the climate of a particular region. They will choose two cities, use an online resource to obtain geographic and climatic information for each, and use a spreadsheet program to produce graphs that compare data for the two cities. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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In this activity, students critically analyze prior conceptions and textbook visuals of the relative sizes and orbiting distance of the Earth-moon system (and other bodies in our solar system), search out sources for this data, and construct scale models by using balls of various sizes. There are tips for helping learners understand the large scales (i.e., millions rather than thousands) that characterize ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Lesson plan
Subject: Space science
 
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This lesson provides experience working on a real-life scenario by allowing students the opportunity to use topographic maps to design a hiking trail system based on access from road, range of habitats, and other specified criteria. They will also complete a data sheet and produce an informational brochure. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Human geography, Physical geography
 
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In this exercise, students use online data, spreadsheets, and graphs to analyze tidal fluctuations at the Battery in New York. They will be asked to examine and compare the observed and predicted tides, and then make their own predictions. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity
Subject: Physical oceanography
 
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In this activity, students examine a photograph of the night sky and answer questions about their observations. The picture, taken by a high school student in upstate New York, offers insight into the Earth's rotation, apparent star motion, the location of Polaris (the North Star), circumpolar constellations, and pointer stars. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Space science
 
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In this activity, students examine a photo and map of Manhattan, New York, to determine the date the photo was taken. The activity provides opportunities for discussing seasons, equinoxes, and the apparent position of the Sun throughout the year. Links to additional information are embedded in the text. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Space science
 
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