Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)
The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) is a grassroots, community-based effort involving teachers, students, and scientists working together to create a library of educational resources and services to support Earth system science education. DLESE supports Earth system science education by providing access to high-quality collections of educational resources; access to Earth data sets and imagery; support services to help educators and learners effectively create, use, and share educational resources; and communication networks to facilitate interactions and collaborations across all dimensions of Earth system education.
Standards reference set cataloged to NSES 3rd Level
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What Microbe are You? (A personality quiz for students in K-8 ) - Barbara Bruno
This online "personality quiz" helps young learners understand the unconventional concept that most micro-organisms are beneficial; only a fraction are harmful. This activity matches the quiz-taker with the microbe that most closely reflects his or her personality. At the end of the quiz, students are assigned to their microbial matches, and the microbes are given fun code names to circumvent the challenge of pronouncing the microbes' scientific names. Teachers can include this activity as a fun way to begin or end a unit on life sciences. Educational levels: Intermediate elementary, Middle school
The Rise of Oxygen
This story follow geologists as they hunt for, pickaxe, and test rock samples from the 2.5 billion year old Huronian Supergroup, a sedimentary formation in Ontario, Canada. The scientists are in search of an exact record of how much oxygen gas Earth's developing atmosphere contained at key moments in geologic time. These crustal relics, which have interacted directly with ancient atmospheres, have the power to tell scientists when and how the Earth built up its incredible life-support system to foster more and more complex organisms. The story includes links to the essays "Earth Without Oxygen," "An Ode to O," "Footprints...
NASA/Marshall Solar Physics - David Hathaway
The Solar Physics Group of Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC) Space Science Department is composed of scientists involved in various studies of the physics of the Sun. This site contains information about the NASA missions and projects worked on by the Solar Physics Group. It also contain a series of pages describing the study of the sun, solar structure, solar features, and the sun in action. Topics include: magnetism; the interior of the Sun; the chromosphere; the photosphere; the heliosphere; the solar corona; the transition region; solar wind; the sunspot cycle; solar flares; post flare loops; coronal mass ejections; surface...
Climate Change: Tips and Tricks for Teachers
This interactive teacher guide is part of NASA's Eyes on the Earth, which presents the latest climate information from NASA's Earth monitoring missions and research. It provides step-by-step instructions for six ways to use and initiate discussions about the NASA's Global Climate Change website in the classroom. Educational levels: Primary elementary, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school
The Gulf Loop Current - Pam Stryker
Students conduct experiments and explore wind driven currents, determining patterns of current flow in a body of water. They participate in a relay where they blow a Styrofoam peanut or cotton ball across the classroom floor. They explore the motion of Styrofoam pieces that are floating in a clear pie pan of water simulating the Gulf Loop, and compare their pie pan model with a map of the currents. Students will map the trip of several different types of beach debris as it travels to the Texas coast. Educational levels: Middle school, Intermediate elementary
EPA Earth Day Website
This page from the US Environmental Protection Agency features a number of educational resources in honor of this year's Earth Day celebration. There are links to localized volunteer opportunities, a series of "green tips" or ideas for reducing one's carbon footprint, and a set of lesson plans and activities for K-12 students. Educational levels: Primary elementary, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school
Elliptical Orbits - Roberta Johnson
This resource provides a textual explanation as well as animated illustration of elliptical orbits with different eccentricities. It also shows how the Sun is at the focus of an ellipse, and some of the math behind elliptical orbits. Beginner, intermediate and advanced versions of the content are available. Educational levels: General public, High school, Informal education, Middle school, Undergraduate lower division
The Case of the Wacky Water Cycle
This educator's guide accompanies a NASA "SCI Files" activity that focuses on student understanding of the water cycle and water conservation. Topics include weather and precipitation, groundwater hydrology, climate change, use and storage of fresh water, desalination, and water conservation. The guide includes background material, student worksheets and additional resources. Each program supports the national mathematics, science, and technology standards. A 60 minute video (available on-line) and an interactive website accompany the activities. Educational levels: Intermediate elementary
The Case of the Galactic Vacation
This is an Educator's Lesson Guide with Activities for a program of the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) SCI (Science) Files. The focus of this program is student understanding of the human relationship with space beyond the Earth. Topics addressed include the great distances in space and how to measure them using parallax, problems of working and living in unusual alien environments like the surface of the moon or Mars or the weightless environment during space travel, and the future in space including tourism and plasma rockets. Also covered are the stars and galaxies of deep space and how...
EXPLORES! Curriculum Project
The EXPLORES! Curriculum Project, founded at FLorida State University, is intended to increase use of weather satellite receiving technology and weather satellite imagery in K-14 schools. It features over 20 lesson plans relating to weather satellite imagery. These lesson plans are grouped by grade level (elementary, middle, or high school) and are accompanied by an image library, an appendix of resources used in the lessons, links to related internet resources, and a bibliography of books and magazines on related topics. The lessons cover such topics as natural disasters (fires, hurricanes), weather phenomena, use of satellite imagery to teach map skills,...
Environmental Distance Learning (EDL)
Environmental Distance Learning (EDL) provides classroom-based Internet distance learning while taking into account the classroom and curriculum requirements set by the state of Florida. EDL provides teachers with the plans and know-how to fulfill these requirements while providing students with interactive learning opportunities for basic scientific skill sets. It provides real-time environmental data in an interactive learning context and the tools and directions to manage the data. Currently, EDL provides water, weather, and satellite imagery data from a variety of sources. Information is collected from the network of sensors and transmitted via cellular or satellite communications to a central computer....