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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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Most orbiting bodies follow a path that is an ellipse. In this activity, students construct 2 ellipses, and examine and measure them to determine some of their fundamental properties. The exercise helps learners make comparisons to planetary orbit eccentricities, and includes guidelines for constructing a scale model of Haley's comet. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Mathematics, Space science
 
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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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In this activity, students use METeorological Aerodome Reports (METARs) to view changes in temperature, dew point, air pressure, sky condition, wind, and visibility at White Plains, New York. After studying the reports, they answer a series of questions related to radiation and insolation, radiative balance, and meteorological processes. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Atmospheric science
 
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The relationship between mass, volume, and density is explored using chocolate. The mass and volume of solid chocolate bars, liquid chocolate, and small chocolate pieces are determined and used to compute density for comparison. The activity includes a worksheet that allows students to report their findings and infer density changes as a material goes from solid to liquid to gas. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
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This laboratory activity demonstrates how seismic waves are generated and helps students understand how they can reveal the composition of Earth's inner layers. Students will construct models by filling shoe boxes with various materials, drop rocks on them to generate 'seismic waves', record the waves, and make observations about their differences. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Geology, Geophysics
 
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In this activity, students simulate deformational effects on Earth's crust using peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. These common sandwich components are used to model geologic features such as synclines, anticlines, and monoclines, and to demonstrate the effects of stresses and strains. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Geology, Structural geology
 
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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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Students simulate operating an iron mine, from choosing property to writing an environmental impact statement to setting up the mining operation. Chocolate chip cookies (with the chocolate chips representing iron ore) are used for this experiment. Students are challenged to operate the most profitable and environmentally sound mine they can. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Environmental science, Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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