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Journey to Planet Earth
This site features seven PBS programs from around the world that explore the delicate relationship between humans and the natural environment, and the necessity of achieving a balance between the two. Programs contain both text and video, as well as links to other information sources. In addition to the seven programs, the site also features a photo gallery, definitions and information about global ecosystems, and an interactive map that allows users to click on parts of the globe to view in-depth country profiles and read stories of ecological progress in those regions. The site provides useful educational resources to accompany the online material, including teachers' guides for lesson plans related to four of the programs and a companion website by Johns Hopkins University with lesson plans developed around global environmental change and human health. Easy navigation throughout the site makes it simple to access all of its features.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • Graduate / Professional
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
    • Video
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Audio:
    • Sound
  • Services:
    • Email lists
  • Agricultural science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Human geography
  • Hydrology
  • Natural hazards
  • Policy issues
Technical requirements:
RealPlayer plug-in
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restrictions Information is Unknown
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-NAGT-000-000-000-418
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • C - Life science:
        • Diversity and adaptations of organisms
        • Population and ecosystems
        • Regulation and behavior
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
        • Earth's history
        • Structure of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
        • Populations, resources, environments
        • Risks and benefits
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Creating Effective Web-based Learning Resources in the Geosciences'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Screenscope, Inc.

Publisher: PBS Television