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Focus on Air Quality
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ORC# 9390
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Resource Type: Lessons
Discipline: Science
Grades: Grades 9–10
Professional Commentary: This lesson examines the causes of air pollution and its effects on living organisms, and then helps students use this knowledge to evaluate presidential candidate ideas for how best to manage air quality.  The presidential candidate section of this lesson needs to be updated with the current presidential candidates.  And since this lesson analyzes issues surrounding the presidential...
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Underground Adventure
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ORC# 9315
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Discipline: Science
Grades: Grades 3–4
Professional Commentary: The activities in Underground Adventure guide students through an outdoor field study of soil life and some of the variables that affect soil biodiversity. Through these activities, students will gain experience in scientific skills such as hypothesis, observation, and inference....
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Dirtmeister Science Reporters: Erosion
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ORC# 9171
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Discipline: Science
Grades: Grade 4
Professional Commentary: This lesson challenges students to answer the question, "How do the forces of erosion change the world in which we live?" To answer the questions students explore their neighborhood to investigate one way that erosion shapes the area where they live. They then report their findings....
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Sun's Impact on Earth's Temperature
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ORC# 8497
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Discipline: Science
Grades: Grades 5–7, 9–10
Professional Commentary: In this lesson, middle school students view NASA images and movies of Venus, Earth, and Mars to deduce weather patterns. Then they manipulate computer models to test competing hypotheses about conditions that contribute to weather.During the lesson students analyze the weather and cloud patterns of Venus, Earth, and Mars, argue which planet has more chaotic...
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Changing Faces: A Study of Solar and Planetary Rotation Rates
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ORC# 8488
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Discipline: Science
Grades: Grade 5
Professional Commentary: In this resource, students work as NASA scientists to make repeated observations of our Sun and the planets to determine their rotation rates. First, students create a playground model of rotation and create representative diagrams....
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Fossil Hunt
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ORC# 838
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Resource Type: Lessons
Discipline: Science
Grades: Grades 8–10
Professional Commentary: This activity is structured to allow students to experience the puzzle solving part of science. One of the largest puzzles in science is the fossil record....
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How much CO2 gas can sea water hold?
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ORC# 8083
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Resource Type: Lessons
Discipline: Science
Grades: Grades 9–12
Professional Commentary: This lesson challenges students to find a relationship between water temperature and carbon dioxide concentration by completing a stimulating 'hands on' activity. Students are then asked to graph and analyze a time-series of the sea surface temperature and carbon dioxide data for each month of the year and compare it to the data collected via BATS....
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Finding Impact Craters with Landsat
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ORC# 8076
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Discipline: Science
Grades: Grades 7–10
Professional Commentary: In this lesson students consider the sudden release of a tremendous amount of kinetic energy when an extraterrestrial object strikes the Earth. They write about the effects that such a collision might have on the land, atmosphere, water, and living things....
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Constellation Prizes: Leonid Meteors and Making Comets in the Science Classroom
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ORC# 8075
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Discipline: Science
Grades: Grade 5
Professional Commentary: In this lesson, students learn about meteors, meteorites, and comets by reading and discussing a related New York Times article about the Leonid meteor showers and the methods that scientists are using to learn from these meteors. Students then create and observe a comet in their classroom....
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Sea-Floor Spreading Made Easy
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ORC# 8065
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Discipline: Science
Grades: Grades 9–10
Professional Commentary: This lesson would fit well into a unit on plate tectonics. The activity described in this lesson helps students demonstrate how sea-floor spreading works....
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