Earth Science Online
With the spread of COVID-19 many schools are being asked to transition their K-12 classrooms to an online teaching format. NESTA has created this Earth Science Online Teaching Resources Collection to help you find vetted lessons, interactive simulations, and more that you can draw on to continue to support your students as they investigate Earth, environmental, and space science from home.
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NASA eClips™NASA eClips™ is a NASA-supported project that brings together exciting video segments and resources with educational best practices to inspire and educate students to become 21st Century explorers. NASA eClips offers free educational resources for you to use to complement your curriculum. NASA eClips™ Educator Guides provide examples of ways you may effectively use video segments as an instructional tool.
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Ocean TracksIn Ocean Tracks using interactive map and data analysis tools, students can explore and quantify patterns in animal tracks by taking measurements, such as speed and diving depth, to support hypotheses about marine animal behavior. The interface then supports students in relating these behaviors to fluctuations and trends in physical oceanographic variables, such as sea surface temperature and ocean currents, using environmental data from Earth-orbiting-satellites and ocean drifter buoys. Developed with funding from NSF.
EarthLabsEarthLabs is 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. Developed with funding from NOAA, NSF, and NASA.
CLEANThe Climate Literacy Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) collection has over 700 free and ready-to-use climate and energy educational resources rigorously reviewed by educators and scientists. Developed with funding from NOAA, NSF, and the Department of Energy.
DIG Texas BlueprintsDIG Texas created example online course "road maps", or blueprints, for use in high school Earth and Space Science classes. Each of the blueprints details specific units for a one-year Earth Science course (scope and sequence) and is linked online to a curated collection of exemplary, high quality, research-based Earth system science learning activities. A blueprint documents what to teach, in what order, for how long, and identifies which online resources to use of the thousands available.
Teaching Geoscience OnlineMany geoscience educators need online teaching. To support geoscience education, the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (@nagtgeo)are pulling together resources such as these.
Free Textbooks and Courses
Exploring Geoscience Across the globeThis book has been produced to support teachers across the world in teaching the International Geoscience Syllabus (reproduced in the Appendix). The syllabus covers the geoscience that all 16-year-old students should know and understand, as recommended by the international geoscience education community. Check out this freely available textbook.
CK-12 Earth Science for Middle SchoolCK-12 Earth Science for Middle School FlexBook® covers core earth science concepts and includes, real world examples, videos, and study guides. Check out the course Overview.
GeologyThis survey course covers the fundamentals of geology and earth science, helping students understand how the Earth was formed and the forces shaping its continued evolution. It also introduces students to how geological resources are used in human civilization. Check out the Course Contents at a Glance.