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5th Grade Rain Garden Design Challenge Handouts
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These handouts accompany the 5th Grade Rain Garden Design Challenge Lesson Plan. The handouts give criteria for identifying areas of erosion and non-point source pollution entering waterways on school property, slope and soil suitability criteria for situating the rain garden, and data collection procedures for phosphate testing. The handouts also include guidelines and criteria for the final poster presentation design and Claim-Evidence-Reasoning, as well as rubrics for scoring and guidelines for peer feedback.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Geology
Hydrology
Life Science
Mathematics
Measurement and Data
Physical Science
Reading Informational Text
Speaking and Listening
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Date Added:
02/23/2019
5th Grade Rain Garden Design Challenge Lesson Plan
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This lesson engages 5th grade students in identifying areas of erosion and non-point source pollution entering waterways on school property, making a claim on the most suitable site to locate a rain garden by conducting field tests on slope and soil type, and testing
for the presence of phosphates in waterways on school forest property. Students then compete in a rain garden design challenge using their data to create a poster presentation, including a map and claim evidence reasoning, for the best rain garden design plan, scored using a rubric.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Geology
Hydrology
Life Science
Mathematics
Measurement and Data
Physical Science
Reading Informational Text
Speaking and Listening
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Activity/Lab
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Interim/Summative Assessment
Lesson Plan
Rubric/Scoring Guide
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Date Added:
02/22/2019
Analytical Techniques for Studying Environmental and Geologic Samples, Spring 2011
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This is a laboratory course supplemented by lectures that focus on selected analytical facilities that are commonly used to determine the mineralogy, elemental abundance and isotopic ratios of Sr and Pb in rocks, soils, sediments and water.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Geology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Bowring, Samuel
Boyle, Edward
Chatterjee, Nilanjan
Dudas, Francis
Date Added:
01/01/2011
Anishinaabe Place Names: Wenabozho Ominisan
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This text set focuses on the Anishinaabe names for the Wenabozho Ominisan. Wenabozho is an important Anishinaabe figure, a trickster. Ominisan is the Anishinaabe word for islands. Wenabozho Ominisan (the islands of Wenabozho) is the Anishinaabe way to refer to what is also known as the Apostle Islands archipelago.

Subject:
American Indian Studies
Earth and Space Science
Environmental Science
Geography
Geology
Global Education
Language Education (ESL)
World Languages
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Author:
Rick Erickson
Sandy Benton
Date Added:
06/01/2023
Axial Ratios, Parameters, Miller Indices
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This site is a lecture about crystal structure from Dr. Stephen Nelson at Tulane University. Topics include axial ratios, intercepts of crystal faces (Weiss Parameters), determination of the Miller Index of a crystal, the modified notation of hexagonal systems, which is referred to as Miller-Bravais Indices, and using the Miller Index notation to designate crystal forms. Tables and illustrations accompany the text.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Geology
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Tulane University
Provider Set:
Earth and Environmental Sciences 2120: Petrology
Author:
Stephen Nelson
Date Added:
10/23/2006
Basics of Analysis with Antineutrinos from Heat Producing Elements - K, U, Th in the Earth, January IAP 2010
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"This course covers the following questions. What are the predominant heat producing elements of the Earth? Where and how much are they? Are they present in the core of the Earth? Detection of antineutrinos generated in the Earth provides: 1) information on the sources of the terrestrial heat, 2) direct test of the Bulk Silicate Earth (BSE) model and 3) testing of non-conventional models of Earth's core. Use of antineutrinos to probe the deep interior of our planet is becoming practical due to recent fundamental advances in the antineutrino detectors."

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Geology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Pillalamarri, Ila
Date Added:
01/01/2010
Bedrock Geology of Wisconsin (revised 2005)
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Describes the types of rocks found throughout the state by age and explains how to interpret the accompanying cross section.

Subject:
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Career and Technical Education
Earth and Space Science
Environmental Science
Forestry and Agriculture
Geology
Hydrology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture
Lesson
Author:
Geological and Natural History Survey
Date Added:
03/04/2024
Bird Island:  What is Biodiversity?
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Through spatial and graphical analysis of bird populations on a fictional island, students learn the meaning of biodiversity, species richness, endemism, and abundance. With the teacher acting as a facilitator, students use an interactive PDF map to explore various ways to represent and compare biodiversity across ecoregions. Students manipulate information layers to identify, describe, compare and graph bird distribution patterns in the island's different ecoregions. Rather than being given a list of vocabulary words, students grapple with the material to discover the meaning of these words and concepts. Through this experiential process, they combine the newly acquired terminology with complementary skills to evaluate and communicate their findings on bird biodiversity. This lesson prepares students for the more complex use of spatial and graphical analysis in our GIS-based Amazon unit.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Date Added:
06/16/2015
Blood Diamonds
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Conflict Diamonds or Blood Diamonds are stones produced in areas controlled by rebel forces that are opposed to internationally recognized governments. These rebels sell these diamonds and the money is used to purchase arms or fund their military actions.

Provided is short 8 minute video and a corresponding worksheet designed to spark discussion about the Kimberly Process.

I great way to incorporate a science and society lesson when studying gems and minerals.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Geology
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Date Added:
01/23/2019
Build Your Own Insect Trap
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Students design and construct devices to trap insects that are present in the area around the school. The objective is to ask the right design questions and conduct the right tests to determine if the traps work .

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Earth and Space Science
Geology
Technology and Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Center for Engineering Educational Outreach,
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Can Humans Cause Earthquakes lesson plan
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This resource is for teachers who want to teach their students about earthquakes and human involvement. This lesson plan is designed for older students to learn about earthquakes, hydraulic fracturing, and hydrocarbons while collecting and analyzing data to create a scientific poster of their findings based on their argument driven inquiry.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Education
Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Environmental Science
Geology
Global Education
Higher Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Formative Assessment
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Seismological Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience
Date Added:
03/09/2024
Cartography and Visualization
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This course is organized around seven projects and a capstone assignment. Each project includes readings, quizzes, and discussions about concepts and tools in cartography and visualization. Throughout the course, students complete “mile marker” assignments that are designed to help them progress toward the capstone assignment. Through the course projects, students confront realistic problem scenarios that incorporate such skills and concepts as creating symbolization schemes, coordinate systems and map projections, creating isoline and other terrain representations, interpolation, classification schemes, multivariate representation and representation of data uncertainty. Those who successfully complete the course are able to design and produce effective reference and thematic maps using GIS software and can interpret and critique maps and related information graphics.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Geography
Geology
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Full Course
Lecture
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Syllabus
Provider:
Pennsylvania State University
Provider Set:
Penn State, College of EMS
Author:
Adrienne Gruver
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Carve That Mountain
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Students consider the Earth's major types of landforms such as mountains, rivers, plains, hills, canyons, oceans and plateaus. Student teams build three-dimensional models of landscapes, depicting several of these landforms. Once the models are built, they act as civil and transportation engineers to design and build roads through the landscapes they have created. The worksheet is provided in English and Spanish.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Earth and Space Science
Geology
Technology and Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sara Born
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Chocolate Rock Cycle
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How sweet is this activity? It's an introduction to the rock cycle using chocolate!
Chocolate can be ground into small particles (weathered), heated, cooled, and compressed — just like rocks. Unlike rocks, chocolate can undergo these processes safely and at reasonable temperatures.
Use your chocolate to create “sedimentary,” “metamorphic,” and “igneous” chocolate. And at the end of it all, make a tasty treat!

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Geology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
American Geosciences Institute
Date Added:
06/21/2016
Classifying Rocks by Color, Shape, Texture and Size
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In this activity students will observe and investigate rocks in order to classify them in terms of color, shape, texture and size.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Case Study
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Kathleen Oliver
Date Added:
02/10/2023
Collecting and Identifying Rocks
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In this Earth Science activity, students will investigate rocks in an outdoor field trip. Students will be divided into groups and given a Ziploc bag to collect rocks. We will then return to the classroom, and the students will put their rocks into different groups. The different groups could be the size, shape, color, and texture of the rocks. We will then talk about the Rock Cycle and the three main types of rocks. Students will record their observations in their science journals.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Geology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Linda Harvey
Date Added:
02/10/2023
Contact Metamorphism
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This set of lecture notes about contact metamorphism contains information on contact aureoles, isograds, thermal conductivity, and latent heat of crystallization. Albite-epidote hornfels, hornblende hornfels, pyroxene hornfels, and sanidinite facies are presented. Skarns are also discussed. A number of ternary diagrams and illustrations are included. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Geology
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Tulane University
Provider Set:
Earth and Environmental Sciences 2120: Petrology
Author:
Stephen Nelson
Date Added:
10/23/2006
Course Map - HS Earth & Space Science Course Designed to NGSS/NYSSLS
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Through ongoing partnership with teachers across New York City, New Visions has developed this course map for a high school earth & space science course fully designed to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS). Each unit follows a common structure: students engage with an anchor phenomenon and develop questions; go through sequences of learning and sense-making to develop and iterate on answers to those questions; then complete a three-dimensional performance task.

Unit 1: Discovering New Worlds Topic: Solar System
Unit 2: Probability of Life in the Universe Topic: Early Solar System, Orbital Motion, and Origin of the Universe
Unit 3: Earthquakes and Tsunamis: Are we at Risk? Topic: Earth’s Interior_ Waves, Energy and Risk
Unit 4: Climate Change Throughout Human History Topic: Coevolution of Climate and Life
Unit 5: Human Decision Making Topic: Human Sustainability
Unit 6: More Hurricanes and Blizzards in NYC? Topic: Climate Change and Severe Weather

Subject:
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Earth and Space Science
Geology
Hydrology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Curriculum Map
Formative Assessment
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Syllabus
Author:
New Visions for Public Schools
Date Added:
02/21/2024