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Planetary Forecaster is an inquiry-based science curriculum that integrates hands-on lab activities with the use of technology for exploration and modeling. In this curriculum, students explore the major factors leading to temperature variation around the globe, and then use what they learn to make temperature predictions and identify the habitable areas on a fictional, newly discovered planet. The ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Computer activity, Curriculum, Lesson plan, Module / Unit
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Environmental science, Physical geography
 
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This series of self-guided tutorials presents information on water, ecosystems, and energy resources. Animations of ecosystem processes enhance the text, and a summary of the important concepts covered in each topic as well as a glossary are provided. Topics include groundwater contamination and supply, the Great Lakes, coastal dunes, urban ecosystems, home energy use, energy resources, eecosystems ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Tutorial, Visualization - scientific, Glossary
Subject: Ecology, Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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The algebra index of the extensive S.O.S.Math site has lessons and reference material on units of conversion, complex numbers, equations, and much more. Each section features a concise review, notation, examples, and practice problems. This resource is part of the Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/quantskills/ Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Ref. material, Discussion / Forum
Subject: Mathematics
 
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Follow this lesson to review basic exponent manipulation. Worksheets, further lessons, and lists of resources are also available. This resource is part of the Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/quantskills/ Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Mathematics
 
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This general math site offers reference material on a host of math topics, plus a math message board and links to relevant material online. The tables cover a range of math skills, from basic fraction-decimal conversion to the more advanced calculus and discrete math. The information is presented in notation form, with diagrams, graphs, and tables. The site is available in English, Spanish, and French. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Ref. material
Subject: Mathematics
 
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CoVis is a community of thousands of students, over a hundred teachers, and dozens of researchers all working to improve science education in middle and high schools. They do this by approaching the learning of science more like the doing of science: rather than depend on the teaching of facts, they seek to reproduce the question-centered, collaborative practices of scientists, using advanced communication ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Project, Software
Subject: Atmospheric science, Educational theory and practice, Environmental science
 
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The Mineral Gallery is a constantly growing collection of mineral descriptions, images, and specimens, together with several ways of accessing these descriptions. For each mineral there is a photograph, description, and a list of physical characteristics. This mineral database is searchable by name, mineral class or by keyword. There is also useful background information about mineral properties. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), General public
Resource type: Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology
 
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These lecture notes provide information on magma production, types of igneous rocks, and volcanic processes. Other subjects include active volcanoes, historical eruptions, volcano structure and formation, classification of volcanoes, controls on eruptive style, and volcanic hazards. The lecture notes feature many diagrams and photographs, as well as links to further information. This resource is part ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Presentation / Demo, Illustration - scientific, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Geology, Mineralogy or petrology, Natural hazards
 
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This web site provides resources to integrate math and environmental science using real environmental data. The site features many data sets which are ideally suited for use as a classroom exercise. The data sets are sorted by topics, such as ecology, energy, air pollution or water resources. The data is also sorted by type, such as linear scatterplot, histogram, or exponential. With each data set ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity, In-situ dataset
Subject: Agricultural science, Atmospheric science, Biology, Climatology, Environmental science, Forestry, Human geography, Hydrology
 
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WorldWatcher is scientific visualization software for geospatial data, and is available for both Macintosh and Windows. The software provides an environment for students to explore, interpret and analyze scientific data in a manner which allows them to emulate the work of actual scientists. WorldWatcher contains data libraries for earth energy balance, climate, physical geography and human geography. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Software
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Human geography, Physical geography
 
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