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Big Plans and Mega-Urban Landscapes
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This course explores the physical, ecological, technological, political, economic, and cultural implications of big plans and mega-urban landscapes in a global context. It uses local and international case studies to understand the process of making major changes to urban landscape and city fabric, and to regional landscape systems. It includes lectures by leading practitioners. The assignments consider planning and design strategies across multiple scales and time frames.

Subject:
Applied Science
Engineering
Environmental Science
Political Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Date Added:
07/14/2022
"Biome" in a Baggie
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This ZOOM video segment shows how to create a self-contained environment and explores evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Biomes
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This interactive resource adapted from NASA describes the different temperature, precipitation, and vegetation patterns in seven biomes: coniferous forest, temperate deciduous forest, desert, grassland, rainforest, shrubland, and tundra.

Subject:
Applied Science
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
Bird Beak Accuracy Assessment
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The purpose of this resource is to quantitatively evaluate the accuracy of a classification system. Students sort birds into three possible classes based on each bird's beak: carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. Students compare their answers with a given set of validation data.

Subject:
Life Science
Zoology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Birth of a Large Iceberg in Pine Island Bay, Antarctica
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This lithograph shows the break-off of a large iceberg from the Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica. This event occurred between November 4th and 12th, 2001, and provides powerful evidence of rapid changes underway in this area of Antarctica. The images were acquired by the MISR instrument onboard NASA's Terra spacecraft.

Subject:
Geoscience
Physical Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Black Holes | Earth and Space | The Virtual School
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What is a black hole? How is it formed? And where are they?

In this video, learn from Space Science specialist Douglas Equils about one of the most massive and mysterious things in our universe, black holes.

Subject:
Physical Science
Physics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
The Virtual School
Author:
Douglas Equils
Date Added:
02/13/2013
Black Ice: A Slippery Arctic Road
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In this lesson students investigate the effects of black carbon on arctic warming and are introduced to a mechanism of arctic warming that is not directly dependent on greenhouse gases in the atmosphere: black carbon deposition on Arctic snow and ice. It can also be used to introduce the concept of albedo. Prerequisite knowledge: students understand the concepts of absorption and reflection of light energy. This lesson is designed to be used with either an Earth/environmental science or chemistry curriculum. It may also be used as an enrichment activity in physics or physical science during a unit on energy. Includes suggested modifications for students with special needs and low technology option. Requires advance preparation, including freezing ice samples overnight.

Subject:
Applied Science
Atmospheric Science
Environmental Science
Geoscience
Mathematics
Physical Science
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Date Added:
11/05/2014
BlendEd Best Practices: 4th Grade Changes to the Earth's Surface
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This resource was created by Tessa Janssen in collaboration with Crystal Hurt as part of the 2019-20 ESU-NDE Digital Age Pedagogy Project. Educators worked with coaches to create Unit Plans promoting BlendEd Learning Best Practices. This Unit Plan is designed for 4th Grade to explore the changes to the Earth's surface. 

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Crystal Hurt
Date Added:
06/02/2020
Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Pangea
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This resource was created by Terresa Greenleaf, in collaboration with Dawn DeTurk, Hannah Blomstedt, and Julie Albrecht, as part of ESU2's Integrating the Arts project. This project is a four year initiative focused on integrating arts into the core curriculum through teacher education, practice, and coaching.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Arts ESU2
Date Added:
09/05/2022
Can an Astronaut on Mars Distinguish the Earth from its Moon?
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This math example explains what celestial objects a person can see with the unaided eye from the vantage points of Earth and Mars, using simple math, algebra and astronomical distance information. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications.

Subject:
Geoscience
Mathematics
Physical Science
Space Science
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/05/2014
The Carbon Cycle
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This online lab exercise focuses on the processes involved in the Carbon cycle and the influences of human activity on those processes- especially as they relate to Earth's weather and climate. The fourth in a 10-part lab series on weather and climate, this lab exercise is designed for first and second year college geoscience students (majors and non-majors) as well as pre-service STEM teachers.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Geoscience
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Carbon Cycle Role-Play
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Students will learn that there is a finite amount of carbon on earth, which moves around in the environment, from one place to another. Activity is scaleable from elementary to high school with options to introduce advanced content. Wrap up includes role playing the carbon cycle with the addition of human influences (e.g. burning of fossil fuels). Activity can be done in classroom or outside, includes working in a group and role playing. Grades 3-12. This resources is part of the Our Changing Ocean and Estuaries Series

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
California Academy of Sciences
Author:
California Academy of Sciences
Date Added:
04/30/2012
The Carbon Cycle: What Goes Around Comes Around
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This module provides an overview of the biogeochemical carbon cycle. Major sources and sinks of carbon are discussed as well as the impact of human activities on global carbon levels.

Subject:
Astronomy
Chemistry
Education
Geology
Geoscience
Life Science
Physical Science
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Unit of Study
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Visionlearning
Author:
John Harrison
Date Added:
09/19/2003
The Cause of the Earth's Seasons
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This lesson attempts to correct the common misconception that the Earth is closer to the Sun during the summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Proceeding from student preconceptions, small groups participate in an exploration of the cause of the seasons using a basketball, small globes and a lamp. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications.

Subject:
Geoscience
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/05/2014
The Cause of the Phases of the Moon
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This lesson addresses the common student misconception that the Earth is closer to the Sun during the summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This lesson encourages students to voice this misconception at the beginning of the lesson and then attempts to correct it-first, by exploring the reason for it, and then by presenting an alternate explanation. Materials needed for the demonstration include a small globe and a desk lamp for each group of students, a large ball, and overhead transparency. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications.

Subject:
Geoscience
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Caves and Karst
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This interactive resource adapted from the National Park Service presents the key concepts of cave and karst systems, including how and where they form, different types, and various cave environments.

Subject:
Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
The Chain Game
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With this game, students explore the connection between climate, genetic variation and the transmission of hantavirus. A board and game pieces are provided. The resource is supported by teacher background information, assessments, and a scoring rubric. This is Activity 1 of the learning module, Human Health, Climate and Disease: A Critical Connection, part of the lesson series, Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Geoscience
Physical Science
Material Type:
Game
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/05/2014
The Change in Carbon Dioxide Levels
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Students are presented with a graph of atmospheric becomes CO² values from Mauna Loa Observatory, and are asked to explore the data by creating a trend line using the linear equation, and then use the equation to predict future becomes CO² levels. Students are asked to describe qualitatively what they have determined mathematically, and suggest reasons for the patterns they observe in the data. A clue to the reason for the data patterning can be deduced by students by following up this activity with the resource, Seasonal Vegetation Changes. The data graph and a student worksheet is included with this activity. This is an activity from Space Update, a collection of resources and activities provided to teach about Earth and space. Summary background information, data and images supporting the activity are available on the Earth Update data site.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Geoscience
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Changes in Salinity Due to Glacier Movement
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This activity requires construction of a simple salinity tester. Students will create their own calibration scale during this experiment, and look at the change in salinity that would arise if freshwater was suddenly dumped into the ocean. Materials needed for this investigation include a DC mill ampere meter, 2 D-cell batteries and holder, bronze sheeting, #18 solid wire, salt, deionized water, and a stream table or pan apparatus to create a hydrologic model of ice-ocean interaction. Included is a student worksheet to guide interpretation of data. The resource is supported by teacher background information, assessment suggestions, and a scoring rubric. This is Activity 3 of the learning module, Water: Here, There, and Everywhere, part of the lesson series, The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Geoscience
Oceanography
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/05/2014