Five teaching units focus on nonviolence, respect for human rights and dignity, social justice and civic responsibility, global awareness, and environmental sustainability. This site has been designed to help students and educators celebrate the International Day of the World's Indigenous People through active learning. The learning activities presented in each section are student-centered. They are designed as informal, participatory exercises or suggestions for students to take further action.
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.
Here you will find animations of how Global Warming occurs and how it is linked to the Carbon and Water cycles.
Aquifer on the Go
This demonstration should follow a class discussion on potential sources of pollution to drinking water supplies. To illustrate how water is stored in an aquifer, how ground water can become contaminated, and how this contamination ends up in a drinking water well. Ultimately, students should get a clear understanding of how careless use and disposal of harmful contaminants above the ground can potentially end up in the drinking water below the ground. This particular experiment can be done by e
The Water Sourcebooks contain 324 activities for grades K-12 divided into four sections: K-2, 3-5, 5-8, and 9-12. Each section is divided into five chapters: Introduction to Water, Drinking Water and Wastewater Treatment, Surface Water Resources, Ground Water Resources, and Wetlands and Coastal Waters. This environmental education program explains the water management cycle using a balanced approach showing how it affects all aspects of the environment. All activities contain hands-on investigat
The History of Luxury Car Bentley
This is a brief history of the Bentley automobile. It is almost an advertisement for the brand. This video lacks details as to costs and performance, but may have value to motivate those students who are interested in cars and who wish to work with them.
The Attack on Pearl Harbor
This selection contains actual video and photos of events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the actual attack, and the aftermath. A narrator outlines history leading up to the attack, the attack, and results of this historic event. ( 3:15)
The Transcontinental Railroad- Laying the Tracks
This video is about how the tracks for the Transcontinental Railroad were laid, how one section still holds the record for fastest track laying, and how all the rapid growth had both positive and negative consequences. Compares to landing on Mars.
What Are Sea Breezes and Why Do They Occur?
This is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Data Buoy Center website. It features text descriptions, graphs, and graphic illustrations to describe the development of land and sea breezes because of the unequal heating rates of land and water.
West Coast Field Guide of the National Marine Sanctuaries
Our five West Coast national marine sanctuaries encompass nearly 12,000 square miles of ocean, which includes hundreds of miles of dramatic coastline. Teeming with life and filled with history, they offer countless opportunities for exploration, recreation and contemplation. This guide will introduce you to the natural and cultural wonders of your national marine sanctuaries. Whether you're traveling on foot or bicycle, by car or by boat, above water or diving below, it can lead you to new disco
Deep-water Connections: Probing the Southern Limits of Distribution of North Atlantic Deep-Sea Coral
Corals in the deep sea? When asked to describe corals, most people think of those that make up tropical, shallow-water reefs like the Great Barrier Reef. See what scientist discovered in the North Atlantic waters deeper than 1000 meters.
The Psychology, Biology and Politics of Food
This course encompasses the study of eating as it affects the health and well-being of every human. Topics include taste preferences, food aversions, the regulation of hunger and satiety, food as comfort and friendship, eating as social ritual, and social norms of blame for food problems. The politics of food discusses issues such as sustainable agriculture, organic farming, genetically modified foods, nutrition policy, and the influence of food and agriculture industries. Also examined are prob
Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,The interviewer presents the student with a fossil to find out if she knows what a fossil is before probing for ideas about how fossils form.
Linear Systems and Optimization: Introduction to Linear Dynamical Systems
Introduction to applied linear algebra and linear dynamical systems, with applications to circuits, signal processing, communications, and control systems. Topics include: Least-squares aproximations of over-determined equations and least-norm solutions of underdetermined equations. Symmetric matrices, matrix norm and singular value decomposition. Eigenvalues, left and right eigenvectors, and dynamical interpretation. Matrix exponential, stability, and asymptotic behavior. Multi-input multi-outp
Copyright for Educators
This course is for educators and learners who wants to understand how copyright affects use of learning materials, and how to use copyright to facilitate education. The course is focused on developing practical solutions. The reading won't always give these to you, its up to you to devise practical solutions based on the reading.
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
Picking up, examining and collecting rocks can be the first steps in moving children toward an appreciation of geology and the “bones” of the Earth. Children can find a wide variety of rocks in many places, from the school yard to parks and driveways at home. Even very young children enjoy picking up rocks, lining them up, choosing “favorite” ones, pouring water over them to make them shiny and even painting them as gifts for adults. By letting children handle and observe rocks you give
Assessing Energy's Footprint and Carbon Emissions
This is a a free university web-course module which focuses on the largest single contributor to the global ecological footprint: energy. The Ecological Footprint is a powerful tool for introducing the concept of sustainability to students. The module is designed to teach college students and resource management professionals how to calculate the ecological footprint of energy use and the carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion.
Interlinked Challenges features bits of information about global challenges from the last 400,000 years. Challenges include: biodiversity, climate change, eco-migrations, economy, energy, food, health, hunger, population growth, poverty, security, sustainability, transportation, urbanization, and water. Info bits are drawn from articles, podcasts, blogs, press releases, institutional reports, testimonies, encyclopedias, books, and documentaries. Each bit is referenced, date stamped, linked to t
2.3 Using conversation to construct environmental responsibility If conversation is a creative exercise, in what sense might this be applied to the concept of responsibility around climate change? As David Cooper implies (Box 3), global ideas about the environment, such as climate change, are necessarily abstract and therefore lack the meaning and significance required to nurture appropriate respon
If conversation is a creative exercise, in what sense might this be applied to the concept of responsibility around climate change? As David Cooper implies (Box 3), global ideas about the environment, such as climate change, are necessarily abstract and therefore lack the meaning and significance required to nurture appropriate respon