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GeoScience Videos
Resource Type: Assessments

This GeoScience Videos blog provides support for instructors using the series of GeosScience Videos found on YouTube. The blog contains one-page quizzes for each short video as well as other related information such as in-class questions and activities. If you visit the blog's Assessment...

National Ground Water Association (NGWA)
Resource Type: Career Information

Groundwater job opportunities

2016, Innovative Technology in Science inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

You are part of a watershed community and you have many watershed neighbors. Use the article and diagram of a watershed to learn how everyone in a watershed is "connected." Each member of the watershed plays a role in protecting the water and land in the local watershed.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This investigation is designed to help participants make connections between the different components of the Earth System (biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and geosphere) through observing their local outdoor area, categorizing the observations into one or more “spheres”, and drawing links...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2016, Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Essential Question: How do land features and conservation practices affect the flow of water in my schoolyard? Are there areas in your schoolyard where there is a lot of runoff or erosion? As you walk your schoolyard and collect data today consider some of the land features and conservation...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Houghton Mifflin Company
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

If you leave water on while brushing your teeth, you might be a water waster! Students collect water while brushing their teeth. Multiplying the amount of water collected by the number of people in their household gives an estimate of how much water is being wasted. This concept can even be...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
2015, Los Angeles Times
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This interactive graphic calculates the amount of water it takes to make the food we eat. Carnivores: be prepared to feel guilty.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
FEMA/American Red Cross
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity lists materials needed (for home and school use) in case of emergency or natural disaster. Following a natural hazard, basic services – electricity, water, gas, telephones – may be cut off for days. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice. You probably won’t have time to...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Wetlands are called one of the world's most productive ecosystems. They produce more plant and animal life than woodlands or prairies. Characteristics, like water levels, naturally change seasonally and annually. Wetlands are in transition between aquatic and terrestrial systems where the water...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Orange County Marine Institute Curriculum Series
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The ocean is the key element in Earth's hydrologic cycle (water cycle). Students will construct a simple model of the hydrologic cycle to help them visualize and understand the movement of liquid water and heat. The hydrologic cycle is the continual movement of water from one place to another...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United Stated Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The atmosphere is a mixture of gases. Similarly, the world's oceans and fresh waters contain dissolved chemicals. Many substances dispersed in air or water are measured in parts per million. Some of these substances are colorless, odorless, and tasteless, yet even in small quantities they can be...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Water that accumulates beneath the surface of the Earth is called groundwater. Contrary to popular belief, groundwater does not form underground "rivers," but is actually found in the small spaces and cracks between rocks and other material such as sand and gravel. Groundwater supplies about 38...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Water is often called a renewable resource, but what does that really mean? Is water an unlimited resource? What happens to water after we use it? This investigation will help you understand exactly how much water you use in your home and how you can keep from wasting water. If many people are...

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

An Educator's Guide to the Pontchartrain Basin is to educate students, grades 5-12, about the environmental importance of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. The guide facilitates instruction for teachers, allows easy access to information on environmental issues surrounding the watershed, and...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Groundwater is contained in the zone of saturation below the land surface. The top of this zone is known as the water table. People can tap into this source of water by drilling wells. The depth of the well and level of the water table greatly influences the wells productivity. In this activity...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Orange County Marine Institute Curriculum Series
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The students will set up three demonstrations to observe the properties of water. They will explore the boiling point of water, the freezing point of water, and the ability of water to store heat. These activities can be done individually or as a set. About 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered...

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

What is sea ice? It is simply frozen ocean water. Why is sea ice important? While it occurs mainly in polar regions, sea ice influences our global climate. Changing amounts of sea ice can affect ocean circulations, weather patterns, and temperatures around the world. Sea ice insulates the...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
National Geographic Xpeditions
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Crucial to our existence, water sustains all life on Earth. Following the old adage, "What goes around comes around," water moves continuously through the stages of the hydrologic cycle (evaporation, condensation, and precipitation). How does our drinking water fit into this hydrologic cycle?...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

People interact with Earth’s water (hydrosphere) in a variety of ways. We depend upon water for survival, but we also need it to keep clean and help avoid spreading disease. On our ever-changing Earth, the supply of fresh water can be limited for some humans. We need good techniques to make the...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Live From Earth And Mars
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Water on earth is used over and over. The water cycle, the continuous movement of water from ocean to air and land then back to the ocean in a cyclic pattern, is a central concept in meteorology. In the water cycle, the sun heats the Earth's surface water, causing that surface water to evaporate...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Score Four lessons culminate with student-led stormwater-reduction projects—but before students turn one shovel of dirt, they are engaged in hands-on investigations of their school’s watershed and campus. Students assess permeability, stormwater dynamics, pollution sources, soils, and possible...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 10, 9, 11, 12
Wikiwatershed.org
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

"Model My Watershed" is a watershed-modeling Web app that enables students to analyze real land use and soil data in their neighborhoods and watersheds. Make science-based predictions of human impacts on stormwater runoff and water quality. 

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
TED-Ed
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Water covers over 70% of the Earth, cycling from the oceans and rivers to the clouds and back again. It even makes up about 60% of our bodies. But in the rest of the solar system, liquid water is almost impossible to find. So how did our planet end up with so much of this substance? And where...

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

Water phases are color coded around the Earth.  Cutout, fold, and paste. Download the PDF file. This satellite image was observed by the NASDA-developed AMSR-E that is carried aboard NASA's Earth-Observing satellite, Aqua. AMSR-E enables viewing most of the water phases on Earth (clouds, vapor...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This website teaches elementary and middle level students about the importance of water and why we need to conserve it. test their knowledge of water conservation with the WaterSense game, or find simple suggestions for saving water, such as turning off the tap when brushing your teeth; taking...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this Watershed Sleuth Challenge, you will learn more about your watershed - what it is, why its important, and what you can do to protect it, as you earn badges at each level of this three-part course.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2016, Comet MetEd
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Climate and Water Resources Management, Part 1: Climate Variability and change describes the terminology, global evidence, regional manifestations, and basic science of global climate variability and anthropogenic change, with a focus on water resources management. The lesson presents this...

Grade Level: 12
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

What is a watershed? How do our actions affect the health of a watershed? Students explore these questions by analyzing pictures and identifying watershed features. Students then make a watershed model using a plastic shower curtain, a spray bottle of water and themselves or classroom objects....

Grade Level: 5
Teach Engineering
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This hands-on activity explores five different forms of erosion (chemical, water, wind, glacier, and temperature). Students rotate through stations and model each type of erosion on rocks, soils and minerals. The students record their observations and discuss the effects of erosion on the Earth'...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson, students study the availability of fresh water on Earth and the methods that can be used o purify and conserve it. They also assess how much water they and their families typically use and think about ways to reduce water usage.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students will observe the amount of water in an open container over time, and they will observe the amount of water in a closed container over time. Students will compare and contrast the sets of observations over time.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2
California Academy of Sciences
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This creative lesson plan provides a visual way for learners to gain knowledge about the finite amount of fresh water on Earth and encourages discussion of the various ways to conserve this resource. Also, learners may brainstorm ideas to increase the usage of untapped water resources in their...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
High-Adventure Science
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The High-Adventure Science Water module has 5 activities. In this module you will consider the question: will there be enough fresh water? You will explore the distribution and uses of fresh water on Earth. Explore models of porosity and permeability, run experiments with computational models,...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

NASA’s Gravity and Climate Experiment (GRACE) is a mission to track the impact of climate change on the planet’s vast stores of freshwater, saltwater, and ice. A pair of satellites, GRACE effectively “weighs” Earth’s shifting water resources month by month to detect where water is accumulating...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Innovative Technology in Science inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

There is water all over Earth in different forms. By far, most of the planet's water is in the oceans, but it is in other places as well. Sometimes water is a liquid, sometimes it is a solid, and sometimes it is a gas. These changes in the states of matter are the result of the water either...

Grade Level: 5, 6

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