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This site describes a contest in which students must correctly characterize the horizons of soils in four different pits within a strict time limit. The site contains photographs of the activity as well as links to the Soil Science Education homepage, links, resources, soil science basics, soil and society, soil and the environment, information on working with soil, soil and agriculture and soil and ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Lab activity
Subject: Soil science
 
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The Wave Superposition exercise is an interactive JAVA environment that allows the user to look at the linear superposition of up to four ocean waves of different amplitudes and period. Direction of travel (right or left) and the local depth of water can be specified. Students can learn definitions of wavelength, wave speed, wave amplitude, and wave period and gain an overall understanding of the ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Physical oceanography, Physics
 
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This laboratory exercise, designed for an introductory Earth Science course, examines stratigraphy and plate tectonics while considering predictions as a way to test theories. The laboratory focuses on the reconstruction of Pangaea and evidence for geologic events in rock layers. Users can also link to the course homepage and other activities related to Earth Science Today. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lab activity
Subject: Geology
 
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Microbiology Factsheets for Schools is a short description of how to make a Winogradsky column to study microbial interactions with mineral substrates. Most useful is the diagram on page 2. Instructions could be clearer and more detailed, so user will want to investigate other sources of information about methods. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Biology, Educational theory and practice
 
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The Ideas for Resources: Geology Lab Manual is highlighted as part of the Starting Point Teaching Collection. This site contains a partially-fleshed-out list of questions and situations dealing with water, minerals, and public policy intended to be incorporated into role-playing activities. It is designed to accompany a course on resource geology or environmental geology. Its message is that access ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geology
 
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Rutgers School of Engineering provides numerous laboratory and lessons for grades 5-8. Lessons fall into three categories Civil and Environmental Engineering, Biocomplexity and Biocomplexity and Microorganisms. Some lessons include objectives, standards, materials and other relevant information. Laboratories are well described and can be easily adjusted for higher grade levels. Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Lab activity, Clearinghouse
Subject: Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Technology
 
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In this lab, student teams collect rain-gauge data and compare it with radar-derived (NEXRAD) precipitation estimates. They use GIS to look for discrepancies between the two datasets and explain them by looking for sources of error in the method. This website details the lab's context and learning goals, and includes teaching notes and materials, assessment recommendations, and links to useful references ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Hydrology, Technology
 
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This site from SERC's Starting Point presents examples of Gallery Walk questions on various topics. The examples include learning goals, teaching notes and tips, material lists, resources and references. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lab activity
Subject: Educational theory and practice
 
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The Slinky and Wave exercise is an interactive lecture that explains how to use a Slinky to demonstrate motion of P- and S-waves, wave reflection and standing waves. The demonstration is designed for use in an introductory geoscience course where wave properties are important such as geology, oceanography, or atmospheric sciences. The site includes teaching materials on P- and S-waves, standing waves ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor, Tutorial
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geology, Geophysics
 
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The Fog Chamber exercise is an Exploratorium Science Snack demonstration. The activity shows students how clouds and fog are created with a very simple physical model using a 1 gallon jar, latex glove, a little water, and matches. The exercise teaches students how to make a simple cloud that in order to form requires water vapor, a cooling mechanism, and condensation nuclei. This site provides information ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Lab activity, Guide for instructor, Tutorial
Subject: Atmospheric science, Educational theory and practice
 
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