Drinking Water; Kids' Stuff
This site teaches kids about the importance of safe drinking water through teaching and learning resources such as an activity on how to build your own aquifer, experiments on the water treatment process, and the drinking water art project.
Environmental Explorers' Club
This is a place where kids can learn about the environment and the Environmental Protection Agency. It features plants and animals, air, water, people and the environment, recycling, and a clubhouse area containing art, a game room, a science room, and a trophy room listing the winners of the President's Environmental Youth Award.
Stop Pointless Personal Pollution
This is a set of exercises based on some of the topics addressed in the accompanying article. They emphasize personal participation and creation of a program. In Exercise I, students are encouraged to take charge of their environment through an Adopt-A-Street program. Exercise 2 is a problem that uses math interpretation to lead students to think about a more water-conservative strategy for car washing. In particular, students are asked to work with fractions. The third exercise uses a case stud
High School Environmental Center
This is a portal to environmental resources. It organizes sites by topics: air pollution, climate change, global warming; conservation of energy, soil, and water; coral reefs, forests, watersheds, and other ecosystems; drinking water, waste water, ground water; asthma, lead, pesticides, sun protection, and other health issues; waste and recycling; and local data and maps.
A Day in the Life of a Drop
A Day in the Life of a Drop is a set of activities designed to help students in grades 3-5 understand the connections between the source of the water they use and the ways their water use habits affect the environment and human health. Students also learn how to reduce their impacts and engage family members. After completing the worksheets provided, students and families take the Pledge to Filter Out Bad Water Habits to demonstrate their commitment to saving water for the future.
Hoover Dam Learning Packet
This packet contains learning activities on the impact of Hoover Dam on the environment and its technical and historical significance. Learn about the history, wildlife, water resources, and hydroelectricity of Hoover Dam.
Bonneville Power Administration's Resources for Teachers
Includes lessons on energy conservation, energy efficiency, geothermal energy, water and electricity, stream environments and stream health, aquatic macroinvertebrates, and the life cycle of salmon. High school students can conduct an energy audit of their school.
Energy is often defined as "the ability to do work." In this module we will see how energy flows through different states as it affects our world. You can also work on an experiment to see how much energy it takes to boil water! We will get a feeling for the vast scale of energy; from heating a single atom to the energy in our galaxy.
A Walk Through Time
This sit elooks at the evolution of time keeping, how humans have measured the passage of time throughout history. The site describes and shows depictions of ancient calendars, sun and water clocks, mechanical and quartz clocks, and world time scales and time zones.
Biology of Water and Health
This course encourages and trains students to think outside the box when addressing water-related problems. Our interdisciplinary approach is designed, for example,to give the health professional an introduction to the engineering components involved in the provision of safe water and sanitation. While at the same time providing the engineer an ecological framework for understanding the place of water in health, it also gives a voice to the ways in which water is involved in social interactions,
Despite gobs of data, it is still difficult to accurately predict the path and intensity of a hurricane. How are these predictions made? Are they getting more reliable? Will hurricanes be affected by global warming? And, while we're at it, what gets a hurricane turning in the first place?
Acids and Bases
You can access the problems below via the Load Homework dialogue in the File menu of the Virtual Lab. They have been organized by concept and ranked by difficulty (A ranking of 1 denotes an easier problem; 5 is more challenging). Word files for these problems are provided so that you may edit and distribute the assignments in your classroom. The following types of problems can be found:Strong and Weak Acid and Base Problems, Determination of the pH Scale by the Method of Successive Dilutions, St
When you work in a laboratory, chances are you are starting off with a concentrated stock solution. Being able to create solutions of varying concentration from this is a useful skill. Solutions with known concentrations are often called "standard solutions." You can learn about the concept of dilution and how to use dilution to make a standard solution from a stockroom solution in the following video.
You and a friend are hiking the Appalachian Trail when a storm comes through. You stop to eat, but find that all available firewood is too wet to start a fire. From your Chem 106 class, you remember that heat is given off by some chemical reactions; if you could mix two solutions together to produce an exothermic reaction, you might be able to cook the food you brought along for the hike. Luckily, being the dedicated chemist that you are, you never go anywhere without taking along a couple chemi
Molarity and Density
You can access the problems below via the Load Homework dialogue in the File menu of the Virtual Lab. They have been organized by concept and ranked by difficulty (A ranking of 1 denotes an easier problem; 5 is more challenging). Word files for these problems are provided so that you may edit and distribute the assignments in your classroom. The following types of problems can be found: dilution problems, Sucrose problem, Making Solutions from Solids, Metal Density problem, Liquid Density proble
Study of Place: Antarctic Exploration
Each two-week module in the Study of Place curriculum is framed by an historical event that makes a connection between the physical environment and human activity. The activities focus primarily on physical and earth science content, geography, and inquiry skills. Assessments and scoring rubrics, including a pre-assessment that can be used for both modules, are embedded in each module, providing opportunities for tracking student learning. The Antarctic Exploration module is framed by Sir Ernest
Study of Place: Ocean Currents Exploration
Each two-week module in the Study of Place curriculum is framed by an historical event that makes a connection between the physical environment and human activity. The activities focus primarily on physical and earth science content, geography, and inquiry skills. Assessments and scoring rubrics, including a pre-assessment that can be used for both modules, are embedded in each module, providing opportunities for tracking student learning. The Ocean Currents Exploration module is framed by Benja
Exploring Earth: Visualizations
This site features over 100 animations and images that illuminate key concepts in earth science. Examples are: coal formation, nuclear fission, growth of a continent, tectonic plate movement, volcanoes and earthquakes, fault motion, geyser eruption, wave motion, tornadoes, hurricanes, and more. Students can observe a single place on earth from multiple views, 3-D models of water and common molecules, different climate zones, and seasonal changes in the amount of sunlight reaching locations on ea
Exploring Earth: Investigations
This site provides more than 75 earth science investigations. Each presents photos and text (and sometimes video) that help students understand key earth science concepts. Among the topics: earth's layers, rocks, volcanoes and plate tectonics, earthquakes and mountains, surface and ground water, wind and currents, atmosphere and weather, climate change, oceans, our moon and solar system, and earth's history.
Take a Technology Inventory
This activity prepares students to watch the film, "Local Voices, Global Visions," by having them examine the presence of technology in their own lives. Students should be familiar with the use of spreadsheets and have a basic working definition of information and communication technology (ICT), using the Understanding page or from their own initial research on the subject. This activity is part of a series of lessons surrounding the film, "Local Voices, Global Visions."