Earth, Space, and Environmental Science Collection from Concord

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For more than fifty years, TERC has been introducing millions of students throughout the United States to the exciting and rewarding worlds of math and science learning. Led by a group of experienced, forward-thinking math and science professionals, TERC is an independent, research-based organization dedicated to engaging and inspiring all students through stimulating curricula and programs designed to develop the knowledge and skills they need to ask questions, solve problems, and expand their opportunities. Explore these free teaching resources from TERC.

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Elementary Resources

Investigating Earth Materials
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Investigating Earth Materials[creative commons]
Provenance: Carla McAuliffe, TERC/NESTA
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Investigating Earth Materials from the Inquiry Project

Science curricula and professional development aligned with the National Research Council Framework for K-12 Science Education. The grade four curriculum focuses on Earth materials.

Whats_the_Weather
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Provenance: Carla McAuliffe, TERC/NESTA
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What's the Weather? eBook

A Teacher's Guide and packet of activity sheets and readings to supplement topics included in the grade 3-5 weather curriculum.

Middle and High School Resources

Study of Place
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Provenance: Carla McAuliffe, TERC/NESTA

Study of Place eBook

Two approximately two-week-long environmental science modules for middle-school students that focus on Antarctic and Ocean Currents Exploration.

Go to https://cleanet.org/index.html

CLEAN

A collection of over 700 free and ready-to-use climate and energy educational resources rigorously reviewed by educators and scientists.

Go to https://serc.carleton.edu/earthlabs

EarthLabs

A set of high school Earth science modules that incorporate hands-on activities, data collection and analysis, and interactive visualizations to engage students in an exploration of the Earth system.

Investigating Science Outdoors
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Provenance: Carla McAuliffe, TERC/NESTA
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Investigating Science Outdoors eBook

A supplementary science curriculum, targeted for grades 7-9, that engages students in authentic explorations of a study site—a small piece of land near their school.

Signing Earth Science
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Signing Earth Science[creative commons]
Provenance: Carla McAuliffe, TERC/NESTA
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Signing Earth Science Dictionary

An interactive dictionary of Earth science terms for grades 9-12 (funded in part by a grant from NSF, GEO-0913675). Video and app versions available.

Go to https://serc.carleton.edu/eet

Earth Exploration Toolbook

A collection of Earth system science activities that introduce one or more data sets and the tools to visualize them using compelling case studies.

Windows on Earth Galleries
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Provenance: Carla McAuliffe, TERC/NESTA
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Windows on Earth

An education project that features photographs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station. The public domain, photos are often dramatic and help us all appreciate home planet Earth. Credit NASA for all photos.