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The purpose of this resource is to further students' understanding of the causes of seasonal change using visualizations to compare the effects of incoming solar energy in the two hemispheres. The class reviews global visualizations of incoming sunlight and surface temperature and discusses seasonal change. Students use the visualizations to support inquiry on the differences in seasonal change in ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Environmental science
 
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Scientists have studied the physical properties of clouds and have developed instruments onboard satellites to characterize the types of clouds they see below. Some satellites have instruments that allow them to measure rainfall as well. For this lesson, students will hypothesize what types of clouds they believe will create the most precipitation (rainfall) over Nashville, TN. Students use the Live ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Cryology, Geophysics, Hydrology, Physical oceanography, Physics
 
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Discovering Plate Boundaries is based on 5 world maps containing earthquake, volcano, topography, satellite gravity, and seafloor age data. The novel aspect of the exercise is the "jigsaw" manner in which student groups access the maps and use them to discover, classify, and describe plate boundary types. The exercise is based only on observation and description, which makes it useful at a wide variety ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Map, In-situ dataset, Modeled dataset, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Physical geography, Geologic time, Geology, Geophysics, Structural geology, Natural hazards
 
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This Classroom Connectors lesson plan discusses the continuous movement of water from Earth to air and back to Earth. Students list areas of the Earth where water circulates, explain evaporation and condensation, list the steps of the water cycle and explain what happens in each step. The site provides goals, objectives, an outline, time required, materials, activities, and closure ideas for the lesson. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Hydrology
 
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This Classroom Connectors lesson plan discusses the steps of the water cycle, factors which affect runoff, underground water, and stalactities and stalagmites. The site provides goals, objectives, an outline, time required, materials, activities, and closure ideas for the lesson. The Classroom Connectors address content with an activity approach while incorporating themes necessary to raise the activity ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Hydrology
 
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This site describes the Chesapeake Bay watershed, which stretches across six states including New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia and also the District of Columbia. Also included in the Bay watershed are several subwatersheds, smaller systems that drain into the streams and rivers that flow into the Chesapeake. More than 64,000 square miles of land drain into the ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Environmental science, Hydrology, Policy issues
 
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In this activity, students will become familier with the rock cycle. During the first part of the lesson, students work in small groups, each group having a copy of the rock cycle on a sheet of paper and a selection of small-scale samples and photographs that represent the products of the rock cycle. The students lay out their samples and photographs next to what they consider to be the correct boxes ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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Students investigate variables that may influence the growth of crystals which they have learned to make. There are two options for implementing this activity. The first is open-ended, with the students deciding what variables affect crystal growth and then deciding on the manipulating variables they would like to study. The second is prescriptive and explains to students how to test three variables ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Chemistry, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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Step-by-step instructions walk users through working with data from a seismic wave model in a freely available GIS (geographic information system) program, ESRI's ArcVoyager SE. Users generate and examine maps and produce graphs to explore variations in seismic wave velocities at depths of 28 and 100 km below Earth's surface. By examining and analyzing GIS-ready data, users visualize density changes ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity, Map, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Physical geography, Geology, Geophysics, Technology
 
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This site provides all information, instructions, downloadable materials, and links to online materials for an exercise developed for use in a Geology of the National Parks course. Using the provided maps, groups of 3 to 6 students are asked to identify between 8 and 12 geologic provinces based on topography, the age of rocks, and the rock types. As a result of this exercise, students will become ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lab activity
Subject: Physical geography, Geology
 
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