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The chemistry of sand: Not all beaches are created equal part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Students use science process skills to make observations about various types of sand and make predictions about chemical reactions.

Rapid changes in Greenland outlet glaciers part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
I've designed a website to educate students and teachers about how glaciers flow, how they are changing, and why these changes are important to us.

The Quaternary Glacio-Fluvial History of the Upper Midwest Using Anaglyph Stereo Maps part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Students examine the anaglyph stereo map (with red/cyan glasses) and use textures to generate a surficial geology map of the Upper Midwest. They can then interpret the textures in terms of landforms, geomorphic ...

From Creeks to the Classroom: Hands-on Curriculum Units on the Web part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
MyScienceBox is a website full of lessons, hands-on activities, assessments, and field trip ideas for science teachers. One of many lessons is "Gone Fishin" which allows participants to become the captain ...

Build Your Own Stream Table part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Students will build a stream table and understand the importance of streams and rivers to the hydrologic cycle. A suite of labs can be done using the stream table, but each can also be a stand-alone exercise.

Earthscapes Teacher Institute - Dam Removal and River Restoration part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Students are introduced to the social and scientific issues surrounding the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River, and conduct a hands-on experiment with real-world application to observe the effects ...

Public Service Announcement (PSA) for grades 6-12 part of Climate Education in an Age of Media:Use Student Media Production:Activities
Students research a climate change topic of their choice and create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that communicates their understanding of the science, raises awareness about the causes and consequences of climate change and motivates people to take action in their communities, families and their own lives. Students learn first-hand about the challenges of communicating about climate change in a compelling way. The PSA project offers students opportunities to use creativity and twenty-first century technology skills while empowering them to become stewards and advocates for social change as it relates to climate change.

Person on the Street (POS) Interview for grades 6-12 part of Climate Education in an Age of Media:Use Student Media Production:Activities
In this activity, students create a video that documents unrehearsed interviews with multiple persons-on-the-street about a specific question or issue in climate science. To produce a compelling product, students will need to both understand the underlying science themselves, and be able to conduct and document a series of interviews to elicit interviewees' understanding of the science as well.

Animation for grades 6-12 part of Climate Education in an Age of Media:Use Student Media Production:Activities
Students will create an animation to represent one of the many feedback loops that influences climate change. To create their animation, students will use clay, cut paper, whiteboard or other materials commonly ...

Photographs of snow bank structures part of Cutting Edge:Structural Geology:Activities
This set of photographs was taken in February 2004 in Oswego, New York on the shore of Lake Ontario, an area that receives about five meters of snow each winter because of lake-effect. Prior to photography, a large ...

Investigative Case - Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Investigative Case Based Learning:Examples
The Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps WebQuest features a guided exploration of microbial diversity. It introduces students to the extreme habitat of the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp and encourages them to explore characteristics of the microorganisms that live there. The WebQuest applies the personification theme of Aesop's Fables as a means to acquaint students with protists. It challenges them to search for microbial "personality traits" and to implement these traits into a creative storyline.

Determining the Geologic History of Rocks from a Gravel Deposit part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Cooperative Learning:Examples
Gravels deposited as a result of continental glaciation are used to teach introductory-level earth-science students the application of the scientific method in a cooperative learning mode which utilizes hands-on, ...

The Grand Canyon part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Role Playing:Examples
This interdisciplinary lesson plan deals with the consequences of damming in the Grand Canyon area. The students, role-playing as scientists, write a proposal to try experimental flooding. -

Arctic Climate Curriculum, Activity 1: Exploring the Arctic part of Cutting Edge:Climate Change:Activities
This activity introduces students to the Arctic, including different definitions of the Arctic and exploration of the Arctic environment and Arctic people. Students set out on a virtual exploration of the ...

Phases of the Moon part of Cutting Edge:Visualization:Examples
This series of five interactive animations illustrates the 'phases of the moon' and the associated sun-earth-moon configurations. The animations allow the students to observe and play with the revolution ...

Geology Map Observations part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Students construct the Earth's tectonic plates using geologic maps. The jigsaw method of collaborative group work is used. Skills such as careful observation, presentation, and synthesis are used to create a ...

ThisĀ°-""That part of Teaching Resources:Quantitative Writing:Examples

Take a Deep Breath on the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park: How Many Ozone Molecules Do You Inhale? part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners:Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:Geology of National Parks:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students work with ratio and proportion and the concept of mole to calculate the number of molecules of ozone in a volume of air from concentration data.

Yellowstone! A National Park on a Hot Spot part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners:Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:Geology of National Parks:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students use foundational math to study the velocity of the North American Plate over the hot spot, the volume of eruptive materials from it, and the recurrence interval of the cataclysmic eruptions.

Salmon Use of Geomorphically Restored Streams at Point Reyes National Seashore part of Pedagogy in Action:Partners:Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:Geology of National Parks:Examples
Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum module/Geology of National Parks course. Students work with salmon-trace streambed data to study whether removal of a spawning run barrier was effective