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This document describes the nature and properties of the sun, its corona, and the solar wind. Students can read how the sun's energy comes from nuclear fusion and how its uneven rotation and churning of its upper layers produces sunspots. The sun's corona is described, and its anomalously high temperature when compared with deeper regions is pointed out. The site also describes how plasma from the ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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In this activity, students use an internet archive of data on the Earth's magnetic field to study the frequency of magnetic storms of different intensities during the year, and during the solar sunspot cycle. The archive contains values of the Kp scale, an index of how disturbed the Earth's magnetic field was, on average, over each three-hour period of the day. They will select their data, construct ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity
Subject: Atmospheric science, Geophysics
 
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Increasingly, scientists are discovering ways to predict and prevent loss of life associated with earthquakes. This lesson will help students to understand earthquakes. The first portion consists of an online investigation in which students read news stories about recent earthquakes and their effects. Then, they perform an activity in which seismic waves (P and S waves) are simulated using a slinky ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Geophysics, Natural hazards
 
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In this article the Why Files examines tornadoes. Topics covered include: what tornadoes are, where they get their energy, the latest word on prediction, how to protect yourself, and how tornadoes affect the natural landscape. A May 1999 update briefly describes the damage from a swarm of huge tornadoes (or twisters), which ripped through Oklahoma and Kansas, killing 43 and destroying thousands of ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), General public
Resource type: Glossary, Index / Bibliography, Report
Subject: Atmospheric science, Natural hazards
 
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This resource explores winter weather and frozen precipitation. The page on precipitation points out that snow and rain are both water and explains how the different forms of frozen precipitation (snow, sleet, freezing rain) occur. There is a page on cirrus clouds that explains their characterstics and how they may affect climate by reflecting solar radiation or reducing outgoing infrared energy from ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Map, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for grades 9-12. It focuses on nuclear reactions, specifically fusion which creates energy on the Sun. Other types of reactions are radioactive decay and fission. Students look at these different types of reactions and learn about how they happen, and specifics about the Sun such as solar flares, neutrinos, and solar energy. It ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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This data tip from Bridge, the Ocean Sciences Education Teacher Resource Center archive, includes a variety of educational sites to visit, and a data exercise on snowfall patterns using local data or historical data for Salt Lake City, Utah. Learners can also discover some of the water chemistry behind snow. The activity introduces the meteogram, a time cross-section of data for a specific surface ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan, In-situ dataset
Subject: Atmospheric science, Hydrology
 
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This letter is part of a series written by a glacial geologist working in Antarctica. In her letters home, Stephanie Shipp shares her work and discoveries. This text discusses annual temperature ranges in Antarctica. It focuses on the three main reasons that Antarctica is so cold: the angle of the sun, the high albedo of the continent, and the clear atmosphere. The letter explains why Antarctica is ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Physics
 
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This collection of animations, demonstration projects, paper models, and other teaching tools is designed to aid in the understanding of geologic processes. Topics include sea-floor spreading and subduction, earthquakes, seismology, magnetometers, volcanoes, and wave types. Links are provided to other sites containing paper models (i.e., volcano, trilobite, nautiloid) and other geology and natural ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lesson plan
Subject: Geology, Geophysics, Structural geology, Natural hazards, Physics
 
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This resource is part of the Science Education Gateway (SEGway) project, funded by NASA, which is a national consortium of scientists, museums, and educators working together to bring the latest science to students, teachers, and the general public. How hot is the Sun? How do scientists know? Students perform guided Web research through several sites on solar astronomy to answer theses questions, ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Module / Unit
Subject: Space science
 
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