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Rockets: Educators Guide
Few classroom topics generate as much excitement as rockets. The scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical foundations of rocketry provide exciting classroom opportunities for authentic hands-on, minds-on experimentation. The activities and lesson plans contained in this educator guide emphasize hands-on science, prediction, data collection and interpretation, teamwork, and problem solving. The guide also contains background information about the history of rockets and basic rocket
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Image Composite Explorer
The Image Composite Explorer is designed to be an easy first step into the realm of Earth system science, image processing, data analysis, and satellite remote sensing via your Web browser. Click to read About ICE and the rationale for its design; for an in-depth tutorial, read the ICE Users Guide; or jump right in to the Channel Islands example if you prefer to learn using a hands-on approach. A Teacher’s Guide is available for educators who wish to use ICE in their classrooms.
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Exploring the Moon
This is a teacher's guide for learning about lunar geology and regolith (loose material on the moon's surface), distance to the moon, Apollo landing sites, and life support systems. Lessons focus on calculating the distance between scale models of earth and the moon, designing a spacecraft for travel to and from the moon, the locations and geology of the six Apollo landing sites, and calculating the diameter of the moon using proportions.
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Hurricanes: the greatest storms on earth
This website, provided by NASA's Earth Observatory, describes the science behind hurricanes. Sections include hurricane formation and decay, hurricane anatomy, information regarding storm surges, hurricane climatology, a description of the Saffir-Simpson scale and NASA study missions. Users will also find a list of references regarding hurricanes and hurricane science.
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Stromatolite Explorer: Investigation of a Microbial Mat Community
The Stromatolite Explorer video describes an imaginary voyage inside a microbial mat. This Teacherʼs guide contains a more detailed explanation of a number of the concepts discussed in the video, including the graphs presented in the video. The animated video takes students on a journey through a microbial mat. The assigned mission is to probe a microbial mat by following an imaginary 0.10 mm stromatolite explorer as it descends through the layers. On its route, the vehicle takes chemical readi
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Helping Your Child Become a Reader
This guide offers dozens of activities families may use to help young children learn the alphabet, play with rhymes, read picture books, act out poems, predict what happens next in stories, create a bookcase, enjoy family stories, write notes and stories, and more.
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Helping Your Preschool Child
This guide offers fun activities for parents to use during everyday routines to help babies, toddlers, and preschoolers develop skills needed for success in school and life. The booklet also describes behaviors and changes parents can expect to see during these three developmental stages.
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Carex squarrosa habit and dissection
Carex squarrosa habit and perigynium dissection. For context, see: Carex squarrosa species page and Carex Interactive Identification Key.
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Carex oligosperma habit and perigynium dissection
Carex oligosperma habit and perigynium dissection. For context, see: Carex oligosperma species page and Carex Interactive Identification Key.
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Types of Antennae
This illustrated guide is designed to help students recognize and learn the different types of antennae found on arthropods. The single Web page, which can be easily printed for use at field sites or in the lab, shows plumose (featherlike) pectinate (comblike) serrate (sawlike) moniliform (beadlike) filiform (threadlike) aristrate (with bristles) elbowed (with a bend) clubbed (the segments towards the end are larger).
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Parts of an Insect (Grasshopper)
This illustrated guide to a grasshopper is designed to help students recognize and learn the body parts of an insect. The single Web page, which can be easily printed for use at field sites or in the lab, also includes a short description for the following labeled parts: head thorax antenna abdomen spiracles coxa trochanter femur tibia tarsus genitalia wings.
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Leaf Type
This illustrated guide to leaf types is designed to help students understand the differences between compound and simple leaves. This single Web page can be easily printed for use at field sites. Along with an explanation of both types, the guide includes a short description of these related terms: petiole, leaf blade, leaflet, and axillary buds.
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Parts of a Spider: Dorsal View of a Male Spider
This illustrated guide (dorsal view) to a male spider is designed to help students recognize and learn its common and unique body parts. The single Web page, which can be easily printed for use at field sites or in the lab, also includes a short description for the following labeled parts: chelicera pedipalp anterior eye row posterior eye row cephalothorax (or prosoma) pedicel abdomen (or opisthosoma) spinnerets coxa trochanter femur patella tibia metatarsus tarsus.
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Some Clues to Describing and Understanding Organisms
This online guide helps students focus their biodiversity research in the classroom, field, and lab. It includes general and specific questions to consider, designed to help students see the clues they might otherwise miss and give them the vocabulary to discuss their findings. General questions include "What might this clue indicate?" and "Does the organism always occur in the same 'zone'? "Plant-specific questions range from "If it's woody, is there one main trunk (trees), or are there several
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Finding Fossils
This OLogy activity serves as a kid-friendly how-to manual about searching for fossils. In Not Just Any Rock Will Do, kids learn that fossils "hide out" in sedimentary rock and see examples of shale and sandstone. Do's and Don'ts for Fossil Hunters gives kids practical tips and a list of fossil-hunting supplies. In Fossils You May Find, there are photos of common invertebrate, vertebrate, and plant fossils to guide kids. Paleontology Clubs and Web Sites lists resources to help kids determine whe
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Kennet Avon Canal Devizes to Bradford on Avon
Images on the Kennet & Avon Canal between Devizes and Bradford on Avpm
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Observe how fossils can form
This website hosts an animation depicting how cast and mold fossils are preserved in the rock record. Users can play, rewind, fast forward and stop the animation at any point in the formation as well as read captions outlining the process. The animation is part of the Earth Exploration Visualization collection.
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Paleo Website Java Animations
These animations give a paleo perspective on global warming, drought, and global temperature patterns. Climate Research Unit (CRU) data from 1856-1997 are used to create six animations that show globally mapped temperature. Three other animations reconstruct climates for the last 260 years and show spatial patterns of annual temperature anomalies. There are also two drought animations and an interactive presentation on global temperature patterns in past centuries.
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Butterflies
An interactive guide to some common butterflies for children. Includes memory games, multiple choice games, mystery word games and more. The module contains the following levels: Memory games with 6 random pairs of matching butterfly images Memory games with 8 random pairs of matching butterfly images Find the image corresponding to a given name. Find the name corresponding to a given image. Anagram game to guess common butterfly names. Memory game with picture/name matching. Find correct image
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Lunch Poems: Robert Hass
After hosting Lunch Poems for eight years, Robert Hass has finally been prevailed upon to read his own poems in the series. Former Poet Laureate of the U.S., Hass is a UC Berkeley professor who has made important contributions in poetry, criticism, and translation. His books of poetry are Sun Under Wood, Human Wishes, Praise, and Field Guide, the latter winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award. His critical essays are assembled in Twentieth Century Pleasures, and the poets he has translated includ
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