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In this activity, students use a microcomputer connected to a conductivity probe to measure the total dissolved solids in local area water samples. Students then compare their measurements with those of others in their class as well as other standard measurements. On this Starting Point page, users can access information about the exercise's learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Assessment / Evaluation, Guide for instructor, In-situ dataset
Subject: Chemistry, Educational theory and practice, Hydrology
 
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This site from SERC features Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) warm up questions about water issues related to Egypt's Aswan High Dam. The questions examine costs of the dam, good and bad environmental changes, as well as positive and negative impacts on the local people from construction of the dam. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Hydrology, Policy issues
 
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This site from SERC's Starting Point features Gallery Walk questions about rivers. The questions explore turbidity, stream health, oxbow lakes, stream competence and capacity, house locations near rivers, impacts of dams, stream erosion, stream transport, stream deposition, hydrographs, flashy verses forested watersheds, and septic field development. The questions are organized according to the cognitive ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Human geography, Hydrology
 
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This exercise from SERC's Starting Point utilizes the national network of stream gage data provided by the USGS Water Resources Division as an online Geographic Information System (GIS). Students use real-time stream flow data to interpret recent regional-scale climate events based on current stream flow data, monitor changes in time, and consider additional interpretations that could be derived if ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Computer activity, Assessment / Evaluation, Imagery - remotely sensed, Map, Ref. material, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Hydrology, Technology
 
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The Use of a Piece of Land activity was developed by The Maine State Library. This activity engages students in a practical exercise in land use planning and makes students aware of the positive and negative aspects of land use laws and local zoning ordinances through role-playing. The students represent groups interested in purchasing the same piece of land. Each group must research to devise a plan ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Environmental science, Hydrology, Policy issues
 
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In this case study activity, students will investigate arctic geology and hydrology as well as tundra ecology and consider options for sewage treatment. Public safety, environmental impact, and issues of construction and engineering will be explored. This Starting Point example page builds on the Lifelines Online case study and includes learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Guide for instructor
Subject: Biology, Ecology, Environmental science, Geology, Hydrology
 
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In this exercise from SERC's Starting Point, students measure a topographic and geologic cross-section across a floodplain by simple surveying and auguring techniques. This example demonstrates how basic GIS elements can enhance learning by adding spatial context and introducing mapping techniques. GIS elements encourage students to consider the spatial context of field observations, introduce GPS ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lab activity, Assessment / Evaluation, Imagery - remotely sensed, Map, Ref. material, Software
Subject: Educational theory and practice, Geologic time, Geology, Hydrology, Soil science
 
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In this exercise from SERC's Starting Point, students get experience with image classification. Images are an increasingly important source of information about land cover and land use over time because comparisons of historic and current images can provide an estimate of change in the landscape. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lab activity, Assessment / Evaluation, Map, Ref. material, In-situ dataset, Software
Subject: Biology, Educational theory and practice, Human geography, Hydrology, Technology
 
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The Burd Run Interdisciplinary Watershed Research Laboratory at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (SU) is a cooperative effort among 13 faculty from the Departments of Geography-Earth Science, Biology, and Teacher Education. The goal of the laboratory is to provide intensive undergraduate field training through collection and analysis of related hydrologic, geologic, biologic, and geographic ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Curriculum
Subject: Atmospheric science, Climatology, Ecology, Physical geography, Geology, Hydrology
 
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This Starting Point Teaching Collection page describes the Yellowstone Fires module created for NASA's Classroom of the Future. Emphasizing an integrated approach to environmental earth science through problem-based learning, the module asks students to assume the role of environmental biologist, and help several government agencies resolve the debate surrounding "let it burn" policies in national ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Classroom activity, Guide for instructor
Subject: Atmospheric science, Biology, Ecology, Educational theory and practice, Geology, Hydrology
 
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