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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Career Information, Curriculum Materials

Women at NASA serve as role models to young women in their pursuit of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. The lithograph "Women of Color: Pioneers and Innovators" features astronauts, pilots, mathematicians, and administrators -- past and present -- who make...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
It's About Time
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

The module, Earth System Evolution leads students to an understanding of changes in the earth system that have created the present physical environment and the evolution of life using a student based inquiry approach. The module consists of three chapters: Astronomy, Climate Change, and Changing...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

These resources introduce Antarctica's extreme environments, describe the conditions under which researchers live and work, and explain how Antarctica is important to the Earth as a whole.

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2015, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

In response to the growing demans for information on the global mineral-resource base, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) completed assessments for udiscovered resources of porphyry and sediment-hosted copper, platinum-group elements, and potash. The USGS conducts national and global assessments...

Grade Level: 11, 12
2013, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This guide details principles and fundamental concepts of ocean literacy. Educators can use this guide to enhance ocean science learning in their classroom.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2012, Novim Group
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

"Just Science" highlights the easy-to-understand video map of climate change recently released by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) study. The app features a color-coded map of the world that displays how the Earth's land temperature has changes between 1800 and 2009. Monthly data...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
It's About Time
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Could the effects of a volcano be felt 50 kilometers away? 500 kilometers away? 5000 kilometers away? Could life on the other side of the world be effected by an eruption? Could an earthquake occur where you live? Can buildings or people survive an earthquake? Is there a common cause for...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Investigate what causes Antarctica's six-month summers and winters by studying day and night cycles across the globe.

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials
ELI is publishing FREE Earth-related teaching ideas, designed to be practical resources for teachers and teacher-trainers all over the world. We publish new Earth Learning Ideas every two weeks. Some of these activities require the use of some basic school laboratory equipment and some include...
Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Destination education
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Environmental responsibility is a lesson in many Reading Rainbow episodes. And Still the Turtle Watched is a story about a turtle carved in rock that watched ecological changes in sadness. LeVar takes students watching Reading Rainbow DVDs on a historical journay. In this episode, he takes them...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Tasa Graphic Arts, Inc.
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Need a quick reference to the geologic time scale of Earth's history? Try out out Free geotimescale 2 app! Find out, for example, when dinosaurs ruled the world or when reptiles first appeared. This is an excellent reference for students, educators, professional geologists, or anyone interested...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
It's About Time
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

A typical day would not be possible without mineral resources to make the products we use, water resources to sustain our lives, keep clean, and cook our food, or energy resources to drive around and to provide our electricity. All these resources exist in abundance on our planet, but none will...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

These resources help students to analyze the factors that underline Antarctica's extreme cold conditions.

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
1996, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This book was originally published in paper form in February 1996. View various sections of the book here, or order it from the US Government Printing Office.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Destination Education, Inc.
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Reading Rainbow episodes offered here are designed to add another layer of learning to the classroom experience. Educational DVDs can reinforce lessons and further exemplify concepts taught during teacher instruction. The story of Archibald Frisby explores the world around us and answers...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Dokon Jang
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Planet Earth 3D allows students to explore the Earth. The app features a 3D model of the Earth that students can rotate and explore. It also includes information about the structure and rotation of the Earth and a discussion of the moon and stars as well.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Craig Design
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

The award-wining astroomy app, with more features than dozens of other apps combines. From an augmented reality view of the night sky, to a virtual visit to the surface of Mars, Pocket Universe is the ultimate in astronomy apps. Moon phases, Orrery, ISS sightings, Jupiter's moons, Quiz games,...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: astronomy
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Investigating Earth Systems approaches Earth System Science through problem-solving, with community-based models that are hands-on and inquiry-driven. Students will investigate: why some things become fossils and others don't, how the environment affects how fossils form, how fossils show the...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

It's not just Antarctica's temperatures that are so extreme. Wind speeds on the continent often exceed 100 mph each winter. Learn the causes of these ferocious katabatic winds.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2005, United States Geological Survey (USGS), National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Today’s residents, as well as residents of centuries past, consider Mount Rainier “the spiritual and cultural icon of the Pacific Northwest.” As a backdrop for many of the State’s residents, Mount Rainier offers beauty, solace, inspiration, and challenge. The mountain sets the daily mood for...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Geology.com
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This mineral identification chart was created Art Crossman as a college course project at Mansfield University in 1997. He did an outstanding job, organizing minerals on the chart in a systematic way - according to their properties. His mineral identification chart has been used in mineralogy...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

NASA is the hub of all astronomy science knowledge. This is a visual collection of all their space research -- from the moon landings to the outer edges of the Kuiper Belt. This is the NASA Visualization Explorer -- the coolest way to get stories about NASA's exploration of the Earth, sun, moon...

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
It's About Time
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Investigating Earth Systems approaches Earth System Science through problem-solving, with community-based models that are hands-on and inquiry-driven. Students will investigate: where deposits of minerals can be found, how deposits form, how minerals are mined, what responsibilities you have in...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Mercator, polar, azimuthal, and conic -- do you get lost just hearing about the different types of map projections? Get back on track with a hands-on look at how each is created and what each displays.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This on-line edition contains the text from the original book in its entirety.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This NASA/NOAA cloud chart is in Spanish. View cloud formations and descriptions.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Looking to explore your favoeite space images in striking detail or take a virtual trip to Mars? JPL has apps for that. We're taking all the best JPL science, images and more to bring you applications that'll keep you informed no matter hwere you are.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
It's About Time
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Investigating Earth Systems approaches Earth System Science through problem-solving, with community-based models that are hands-on and inquiry-driven. In this module, students will investigate: properties of seawater, how ocean water circulates and how currents are formed, different features of...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

How has our ability to map Antarctica changed in the past 100 years? Do a little exploring of your own, and see what we've learned since Roald Amundsen raced to reach the South Pole first.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This downloadable poster presents a picture of Mount St. Helens and 30 cool facts about it.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
The Globe Program
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This Globe cloud chart is in Spanish. View cloud formations and descriptions.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Mastery Connect, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Publisher Mastery Connect has placed the planning power right into the palm of your hand with this informative functional app. Teachers and parents can now view the Standards in one app. Teachers can also organize lessons by conceptual progression and topic, or use the domains model. Also...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
It's About Time
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

In this module, students will explore: the different types of rocks, how rocks are formed and how they are worn away, different types of landforms created by the removal and the deposition of rock and soil, the effect of glaciers on landforms. 

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Before satellite imagery, scientists navigated by matching up geologic formations with those shown in aerial photographs -- a tough task in Antarctica, where there aren't many visible features.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
2008, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Volcanoes have been erupting in the Cascade Range for over 500,000 years. During the past 4,000 years eruptions have occurred at an average rate of about 2 per century. This chart shows 13 volcanoes on a map of Washington, Oregon, and northern California and time lines for each showing the ages...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
The Globe Program, National Science Foundation (NSF)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This Globe contrail guide is in Spanish. View images and descriptions of contrails and their formation.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Mastery Connect
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Publisher Mastery Connect has placed the planning power right into the palm of your hand with this informative functional app. Teachers and parents can now view the Standards in one app. Teachers can also organize lessons by conceptual progression and topic, or use the domains model. Also...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
It's About Time
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Investigating Earth Systems approaches Earth System Science through problem-solving, with community-based models that are hands-on and inquiry-driven. In this module, students will investigate: the kinds of materials in soil, the arrangement of soil materials, the amount of water the soil can...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Tags: soils, water, erosion
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Imagine sleeping with a snow shovel in your tent so you can dig out in the morning. Or having to stop your supply vehicle from falling into a crevasse. Just another demanding workday in Antarctica.

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2008, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Most volcano hazards are associated with eruptions. However, some hazards, such as lahars and debris avalanches, can occur even when a volcano is not erupting.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This Globe contrail guide is in English, Spanish, and French. View images and descriptions of contrails and their formation.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
LetsGoSolar.com
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

The best kind of learning is fun, too. Solar-powered toys and kits not only are environmentally friendly and entertaining, but they also teach kids about how solar power works to make them move and light up. Many can even be assembled by kids. With toys available to suit a wide range of ages and...

Lawrence Hall of Science
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Life and Climate is about how our atmosphere and climate came to be as they are today; how life on Earth evolved; and how the evolution of life and climate have affected each other since the Earth was formed. In this Guide your students will find the story of how tiny plants brought oxygen to...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: climate
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

The deep oceans are Earth's last undiscovered frontier. And the deep sea vent communities are weird enough to convince your students that this is one science topic well worth studying! These resources will help your students make real-qorld connections to biology, geology, and chemistry. They'll...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2008, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Poster detailing the after-effects of Mount St. Helen's eruption in 1980.

Grade Level: 11, 12
2007, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This downloadable poster showcases different minerals we use every day.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Multiverse and Andrew Fraknoi
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

The teaching of astronomy in our colleges and high schools often sidesteps the contributions of cultures outside of Europe and the US mainstream. Few educators (formal or informal) receive much training in this area, and they therefore tend to stick to people and histories they know from their...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Lawrence Hall of Science
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

OZONE is a success story about how people around the globe are cooperating to solve a serious environmental problem. Ozone gas in the upper atmosphere shields our planet from ultraviolet light that is thought to cause skin cancer and cataracts in humans, and that may be harmful to a wide variety...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Explore the concepts that underlie the study of the stars and other heavenly bodies, and how astrophysicists analyze their distant light for clues to their physical and chemical properties. This Special Collection sets out the fundamentals and demonstrates them in a set of articles, activities,...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2006, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Poster map of Mount St. Helens as shown from above.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

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Explore the Moon... discover its dramatic features and phenomena -- often beautiful, sometimes bizarre, always changing. Inconstant Moon will take you on a new tour each night, with maps, photos, explanations, animations, selected links, and even music! Inconstant Moon is intended as both an...

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William P. Blair, Johns Hopkins University

A description of several classroom activities for investigating lunar phases, Earth-Moon distances, and lunar eclipses.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Produced for NASA by the Goddard Space Flight Center, offers an educational and entertaining site that allows viewers of all ages to have fun with Moon phasing.

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United States Naval Observatory (USNO)

The Astronomical Applications Department of the US Naval Observatory presents easily accessible data pertaining to Moon phases, including tables, images, illustrations, Moon phases by date, and "what the Moon looks like today." Information and images suitable for all ages. Test suitable for...

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Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)

There are a variety of details in understanding tides. For elementary students, simply understanding what tides are and their frequency is appropriate (each day typically has two high tides and two low tides). Tying this to a model of gravity and the Moon’s motion and phases to understand tides...

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