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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
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
2013, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This 16-page booklet illustrates multiple NASA sources that llow educators to incorporate real Eart hscience data and images in their teaching and programs. Sample resources as well as firsthand accounts of how these are being used in the classroom or informal education setting are included.

Grade Level: 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
Annenberg Learner
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

What are convergent boundaries? Examine how collisions of oceanic and continental plates can create volcanoes, island arcs, and earthquakes.

Grade Level: 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

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

This booklet elevates awareness of the important role satellite remote sensing plays in global conservation.

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

What happens as boundaries diverge? Watch a continental rift, volcanoes and lakes form as two continental plates move apart.

Grade Level: 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

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
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 Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This site gives learners all the information they would need to know about tsunamis: terminology, FAQs, news articles and descriptions of famous events, and information curated from other non-NOAA sites.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Learn about ocean observing and the researchers in this field.

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

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
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
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Free, downloadable posters and brochures from NOAA's Marine Debris Program. Hang a display in learning centers to educate visitors about "garbage patches," put a poster in your classroom, or hand out brochures in your community.

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
2015, National Research Council
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

A Framework for K-12 Science Education and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) describe a new vision for science learning and teaching that is catalyzing improvements in science classrooms across the United States. Achieving this new vision will require time, resources, and ongoing...

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

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 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
Alaska Sea Grant
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

These online Alaska Seas and Watersheds teaching activities, developed by Alaska teachers, provide high-quality lesson plans and units for use by teachers and homeschoolers, as well as interpreters, youth groups, nature tour guides, and anyone seeking fascinating content on marine and associated...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
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
2018, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Holly Rhodes
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Instructional materials are a key means to achieving the goals of science education—an enterprise that yields unique and worthwhile benefits to individuals and society. As states and districts move forward with adoption and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) or work...

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

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
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
2018, Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This infographic details the future of gold exploration, from finding outcrops to techniques and technology used.

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
2014, National Research Council
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Assessments, understood as tools for tracking what and how well students have learned, play a critical role in the classroom. Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards develops an approach to science assessment to meet the vision of science education for the future as it...

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
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

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
Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS)
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

GeoMapApp is an earth science exploration and visualization application that is continually being expanded as part of the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS) at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. The application provides direct access to the Global Multi-Resolution...

Grade Level: 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
2013, National Research Council
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Next Generation Science Standards identifies the science all K-12 students should know. These new standards are based on the National Research Council's A Framework for K-12 Science Education. The National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for...

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National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN)

This activity -- in which students test a local water supply -- is designed to be used as an extension to classroom activities related to treating foul water for consumption.

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The Science Museum of Minnesota

"Exploring the Universe: Orbiting Objects" is a hands-on activity that invites visitors to experiment with different sized and weighted balls on a stretchy fabric gravity well. The activity models gravitational attraction in space. Participants investigate how changing conditions can cause...

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The Science Museum of Minnesota

"Exploring Earth: Investigating Clouds" is a hands-on activity in which visitors create a cloud in a bottle and explore it with laser light. The activity is connected to current and ongoing NASA mission research. Participants learn about ways that NASA uses satellite technology to observe clouds...

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