American Geological Institute - The AGI Education Department has created a comprehensive portfolio of geoscience educational materials and resources for students and teachers — from kindergarten to high school and beyond. http://www.agiweb.org/geoeducation.html
The Investigating Earth Systems (IES) is a standards-based, Earth science curriculum for the middle grades (6th-8th grades) developed by the American Geological Institute (AGI) in association with It's About Time Publishing. Field tested and content reviewed, IES is part of AGI's ongoing efforts at implementing effective Earth science education reform. AGI recognizes the need for students in the middle grades to have a solid understanding of the world they live in. IES was developed with generous support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), AGI Foundation and Chevron Corporation. http://www.agiweb.org/education/ies/index.html
The Earth Portal - "The Earth Portal is a comprehensive resource for timely, objective, science-based information about the environment. It is a means for the global scientific community to come together to produce the first free, expert-driven, massively scalable information resource on the environment, and to engage civil society in a public dialogue on the role of environmental issues in human affairs. It contains no commercial advertising and reaches a large global audience.
The Earth Portal has three components:
- The Encyclopedia of Earth, with over 2,000 articles, is produced and reviewed by 700 scholars from 46 countries.
- The EarthForum provides commentary from scholars and discussions with the general public.
- The EarthNews offers news stories on environmental issues drawn from many sources."
The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) is a distributed community effort involving educators, students, and scientists working together to improve the quality, quantity, and efficiency of teaching and learning about the Earth system at all levels.
You will love their Teaching Boxes. "Teaching boxes are classroom-ready instructional units created by collaboration between teachers, scientists, and designers. Each box helps to bridge the gap between educational resources and how to implement them in the classroom. The Teaching Boxes contain materials that model scientific inquiry, allowing teachers to build classroom experiences around data collection and analysis from multiple lines of evidence, and engaging students in the process of science. - focusing on gathering and analyzing scientific evidence. All educators may use DLESE Teaching Boxes free of charge." (DLESE)
Exploring the Environment - a series of PBLs on environmental issues. Teachers DON'T reinvent the wheel. While this site's grant has expired and some links are dead, the material is great.
Environmental Science Activities for the 21st Century (ESA21) Project - Teachers DON'T reinvent the wheel. It is sites like this that make unit planning important and writing lessons grunt work. Students this site is loaded with things to help you do projects for my courses.
REAL EARTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE & VIRTUALFIELDWORK.ORG - ReaL Earth System Science is a project of the Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth that helps teachers teach Regional and Local Earth system science using an inquiry approach. The project is grounded in the idea of using the local environment to understand the global environment.
This web site of Steve Reynolds, geology professor at Arizona State University, contains numerous color photographs, 3D perspectives, and information about the Geology of Arizona, Landscapes of the Southwest, structural geology, science-education reform, and using Bryce5 to illustrate geology. You should come here for visuals.
Space Available - This NASA site Learning from Satellites is a great place to get visualizations for ESS courses.
The Habitable Planet is a multimedia course for high school teachers and adult learners interested in studying environmental science. The Web site provides access to course content and activities developed by leading scientists and researchers in the field. http://www.learner.org/channel/courses/envsci/
The GLOBE Program (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE's vision promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA and NSF Earth System Science Projects (ESSPs) in study and research about the dynamics of Earth's environment. http://www.globe.gov/r?lang=en&nav=1
USRA, (Universities Space Research Association) through our research institutes and centers, supports outreach programs developed for students K-12, high school, undergraduate and graduate, and postgraduate, professionals, educators, and the public. Information about each of our education programs, with links to their web sites, is provided below. http://www.usra.edu/cs/usra_education_programs
The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), at Columbia University in New York City, is a laboratory of the Earth Sciences Division of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and a unit of the Columbia University Earth Institute. Research at GISS emphasizes a broad study of global climate change.
GISS Intitute on Climate and Planets developed learning modules and tools designed for guided science inquiry. They are based upon real world climate and environmental research conducted by teams of scientists, teachers and students, and create a setting for interdisciplinary learning. Yes, if you have Planetary Science you should look here.
Energy - Power up with these links
What you need to know about energy - As debates about energy grow more intense, Americans need dependable, objective, and authoritative energy information. The National Academies, advisers to the nation on science, engineering, and medicine, provide the facts about energy—a complex issue that affects us as individuals and as a nation.
Katie West's Corner - Katie (who teaches health ed) took an ESSEA course and is contributing to the next generation of ESS students. I will add sphere activities as Katie gives them to me.Land/Lithosphere
Possible Topics of Land/Lithosphere Activities:
- Earth Quakes
- Rocks and Minerals
- Stalactites & Stalagmites
- Layers of the Earth
- Mountain Formation
Some cool activities!
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/00-2/lp2036.shtml. A great middle school lesson about continental movement and volcano formation that is already aligned to national science standards. Uses everyday materials… but you need a heat source. Should be able to do this in one class period.
http://interactive2.usgs.gov/learningweb/teachers/index.htm. US Geological Survey teacher’s page… this is filled with info and lesson ideas. Check out the great unit on volcanoes and some of the activities. You might need more than one class period, depending on the background knowledge of your students and the particular activity.
http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/preview.cgi?LPid=1113. Earthquakes & candy! Use this activity to help students understand rock and fossil formation. Make sure you check with your school’s Wellness Policy before you let the kids eat their science activity materials. This lesson comes with a clear procedure and expected student outcomes.
http://www.rocksandminerals4u.com/lesson_plan_elements.html. An upper-elementary or middle school lesson on rocks and minerals and what makes up the earth’s crust. You need marbles for this one! This site has crossword puzzles, pictures of rocks and minerals and lots more info on rocks and minerals.
This link is from the Digital Literarcy Website and has an interactive UBD template that can be filled out online. Thanks to Tara for this one.
The Hamilton County, Tenn. school district click the 2005-06 link. I'd like to compliment the teachers who put their work up with the suggested corrections and the questions that the reviewers of their units noted. I find this rare but extremely useful because it takes guts for the world to see the edits you need to make before it is accepted by (_______?) outside reviewers. But I hate that kitten!
Here is the State of Texas page. This is a great guide for UBD. Print it out
Ignore the things specific for TX unless you are planning to move there. But the good thing about being a rich oil state, that is sucking money out of us poor new hampsterites, is that they have plenty of money to put up a great set of science links. Use these links and save your money to heat your house to a balmy 18 degrees C, while they (people from Texass) complain about the cost of cooling their homes to 19 C in the summer and warming them to 21C in the winter. Just think; a group of illegal immigrants and terrorists who moved to Mexico now run our lives. Who'd have thunk it! We should never have let them join the Union!
Now not all of these would be considered "high*" quality by outside reviewers, but I think this one is, http://www.cheney268.com/UbDUnits/ces/LifeCycles.htm and yes i hate to admit it but it is biological. I think i could do it for the life cycle of a rock though ;-) My interpretation is that it is the first iteration of UBD (no GRASP)
This is from the UBD web site and a webpage of UBD links.
The Nature of Science - Prepared by Kirsten Wilkinson
This is a great site for teachers and students developed by the University of California Museum of Paleontology. The site is about evolution and the nature of science and is divided into “learning” and “teaching” segments. The navigation is very good and in my investigation, all the links worked. The nature of science content is concise, but covers all topics in easy language. It addresses misconceptions including what science is not. There are numerous lesson plans for grades K-12 and clear, simple content. The site development was supported by the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. It was copyrighted 2006 and allows you to contact the developers by email.
This site is an online text titles Science for All Americans (copyright 1990) from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Project 2061, a well respected science-education working group. The Nature of Science chapter in this text has very thorough content, but I found the writing to be rather challenging, especially in a text meant “…for All Americans”. The layout is simple, unadorned text with the full chapter on a single page. There are “back to the top” buttons with no internal links or hyperlinks. At the top of the page there are links to the Table of Contents and to the Project 2061 home page. The full online text includes chapters on the nature of mathematics and the nature of technology, historical perspectives, effective learning and teaching, and reforming education.
This site is primarily about teaching evolution, with a nature of science component. It is an online text by the National Academy of Sciences, published by National Academy Press, copyright 1998. It reads like a book, with a chapter about evolution and the nature of science. Topics on the nature of science are illustrated with historical scientific events and discoveries. There is one lesson plan on teaching the nature of science and several on evolution and natural selection. There is a list of credits with names and educational institutions of the working group that developed the site, as well as a link to nas.org.
This site is a collection of lesson plans for biology teachers from the Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes offering topics including the Nature of Science, the Origin of Life, Evolution, and Genetics and DNA. It is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and developed and maintained by a panel of science educators. The navigation is good, the lesson plans all include links to documents or further materials you might need. They are quite complete with suggestions for introducing topics as well as expanding them. There is opportunity for feedback to rate the site, report problems or ask for help.
Some ESS links that come from the NESTA newsletter
1) NATURAL HAZARDS GATEWAY, USGS, (suggested by Cher Cunningham, Science Information and Education Office, USGS), The Natural Hazards Gateway provides a one-stop shop for information related to seven natural disasters and shows how USGS science helps mitigate disasters and build resilient communities.
2) Chocolate Chip (Cookie) Mining, (suggested by Stacy DeVeau), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott, AZ), Chocoloate Chip (Cookie) Mining is a great activity! Students are challenged with excavating chips from cookies. Chips = $, but mining materials cost $ as well. And the ‘land’ cannot be ‘repaired’ post-excavation. There are several versions of the activity online. You can just give the kids a budget without having to deal with the play money. It’s fun and challenging, and hey, it’s COOKIES!
3) THE NATIONAL ATLAS PRINTABLE MAPS, (suggested by Liz Colvard, Science Information and Education, USGS), Do you need a simple prepared map that you can print at home, at school, or in the office? The National Atlas has a large selection of free maps that are already formatted to be viewed, downloaded, or printed on 8.5" x 11" paper. Topics include Federal Lands and Indian Reservations, Precipitation, Territorial Acquisitions, and Presidential Elections. The assorted Reference and Outline maps for the United States are particularly good for classroom use.
4) MAPS: FINDING OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD, Field Museum, (suggested by [KMG] Scout Report), How do we find our way through the world, geographically speaking? Do we all carry around a type of "mental map" in our head, formed through experience and repetition? Some would say yes, some would beg to differ. Maps remain a powerful way to represent the world in all its spatial glory, and this online exhibit from The Field Museum explores the history of maps and their history over the millennia. Designed to complement an ongoing exhibition at the Museum, the site includes a photo gallery, information about the participating institutions, and about researchers at the Museum who use maps and mapping technology in their own work. The interactive feature is definitely worth a look, as visitors can examine two dozen different maps in detail from Chicago to the Marshall Islands. One can imagine that this remarkable site could also be used in classrooms to expose students to the wide variety of maps that have been created by human hands.
1) Infusing Geology into Sea Turtle Conservation: A Continental Perspective of a Coastal Program,*/ /*SCISTP,*/ /*(suggested by Gale A. Bishop, Emeritus Professor of Geology Georgia Southern University), Seven species of extant, endangered sea turtles are useful in assessing health of the world oceans and continents. The St, Catherine's Island Sea Turtle Conservation Program, in its 18th year of operation, integrates "/Conservation, Research, and Education/" in conservation of endangered Georgia loggerhead sea turtle (/Caretta caretta /Linneaus 1758) nests. The SCISTP web site, (www.scistp.org), describes the Program from the perspective of an Earth Scientist, documenting the many aspects of Earth Systems Science used in the conservation of sea turtles. The Program (by 2007) had conserved 1,947 nests, put 114,907 hatchlings into the sea, taught 216 interns, 193 of whom are K-12 teachers who have impacted over 220,531 school children in conservation education. Outcomes have included 11 Internet products, 5 exhibits, 18 publications, and 53 presentations, including the first description of a fossilized sea turtle nest (preserved in the Cretaceous rocks of Colorado).
1) TODAY'S WORST WEATHER®, Accuweather, tired of students complaining about the weather? It could be worse…this site “depicts an area of the U.S.A. with the most unpleasant or miserable weather conditions of the day. Within that area, AccuWeather.com artists create a cartoon based on an interesting, unusual place name
*_SOLAR SYSTEM AND UNIVERSE_*
1) Celestial Sphere, Jeff Callister, (suggested by Charles Burrows), this .pdf download is useful for students to track varying sunrise/sunset directions and changing sun height throughout the year.
*_GENERAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL_*
1) Audio Glossary of Earth Science terms, Pearson, (suggested by Charles Burrows), Hear pronunciations and descriptions for hundreds of terms.
2) *SCIENCE **OF COOKING: TURKEY, Exploratorium,* How long do you cook your turkey? Since a 20-pound turkey is twice the size of a 10-pound bird, at first the answer might seem obvious: simply double the cooking time suggested for a 10-pound turkey. But is that really the right thing to do? Find out as you explore the physics of cooking.
1) FULL MOON LIBRATION, PixHeaven, (suggested by Chad Wiekierak), Animated Loop of 12 full moons. The images will also stimulate discussion of how the same side of the moon always faces the earth.
1) COLORFUL CONVECTION CURRENTS, Steve Spangler, “This activity demonstrates convection currents in a very colorful” fashion.
a) Stellarium, (suggested by Jim Hensel, retired from Williamsville North, NY), Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
b) TrainCLIM, International Global Change Institute, (suggested by Peter Urich, International Global Change Institute), Discover this software tool for the teaching of climate change concepts and the real world implications of climate change for local areas and societies. A free demonstration version is available to course coordinators. Sample exercises are also available. The software includes thoroughly tested and widely used climate and sea level scenario generators, extreme event analysis tools and impact models for evaluating things like drought and water supply and malaria and dengue fever epidemic potential. The software can be used in all levels of education, from high school to university. Email Dr. Peter Urich at the International Global Change Institute located in Hamilton, New Zealand at firstname.lastname@example.org to acquire a link to the download site (file size 45.5 MB).
1) Conversion Units Jokes, (suggested by Jeff Callister, retired earth science teacher from Newburgh Free Academy), For all who have difficulty converting units:
Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi
2000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton
1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscope
Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = 1 bananosecond
Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram
Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour = Knotfurlong
16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling
Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon
1,000,000 aches = 1 megahurtz
Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower
Shortest distance between two jokes = A straight line
453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake
1 million- microphones = 1 megaphone
2 million bicycles = 2 megacycles
365.25 days = 1 unicycle
2000 mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds
52 cards = 1 decacards
1 kilogram of falling figs = 1 Fig Newton
1000 milliliters of wet socks = 1 literhosen
1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche
1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin
10 rations = 1 decoration
100 rations = 1 C-ration
2 monograms = 1 diagram
4 nickels = 2 paradigms
2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital = 1 IV League
100 Senators = Not 1 decision
Ecuador Volcano, (Thomas McGuire, earth science educator), The Pacific Ocean is surrounded by zones of volcanic activity; the ring of fire. The Andes of Ecuador have many active volcanoes including Tungurahua. Active since 1999, it has spewed ash onto the nearby town of Baños. The clouds of ash were rising in pulses every few minutes. (September 2007)
“Earth Science Sites of the Week” dating back to 1999 are now available and can be searched by keyword. To access past archives go to the “Earth Science Site of the Week Archives” link half way down the page at http://webs.cmich.edu/resgi/ Another way to access sites is to consult
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organized around the sequence of topics typically taught in an
introductory earth science or physical geography class. Links are also
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