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Art to Zoo: Tomorrow’s Forecast: Oceans and Weather (1995)
Lesson plan (with printable maps and classroom/take-home activities) demonstrates how ocean currents influence weather patterns and climate. Students identify ocean currents and the relationship between currents and trade routes, conduct an experiment on the differing heat capacities of water and air, and find and label port cities around the globe.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8
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A Walk In the Forest
Interactive animation. Use scientific tools and methodologies to determine forest makeup, monitor health, and conserve biodiversity in a fictional Virginia forest. Characters assist the user and encourage inquiry. Narration optional.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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This Dynamic Planet Map
This interactive online map is meant to show volcanoes, earthquakes, impact craters and plate tectonics. The map shows earth’s prominent features when zoomed out and more detailed featured when zoomed in. The back of the map further describes fundamental processes that created the shape of our planet’s surface.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Geological Time: Story of a Changing Earth
Interactive geological timeline. The story of Earth is broken up into eons, which can be clicked on for more information. Each eon comes with an overview, description of major events like shifts in plate tectonics or the Cambrian explosion, and a look at evidence collected from that era. Foundational concepts are also described, these concepts being broken up into the forces that formed the Earth, how to date evidence, and the processes that shaped what life looks like today.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Dynamic Earth
Interactive website exploring the dynamic forces that formed and are continually reforming the Earth and Solar System. Sections include gems and minerals, rocks and mining, plate tectonics and volcanoes, and the solar system.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Earth from Space
Online exhibit looking at what we can learn about Earth from satellite imagery and how this technology is being applied. Includes pictures documenting satellite data, information on satellite technology, resource list, and lesson plans for grades 5-12.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Exploring Soils
Lesson plan investigating soils. Learn about soil texture, soil water-holding capacity, and other properties of soils. Includes printable handouts for two activities, group discussion questions, and extensions.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Earth from Space Activity Guide
Ten-question activity guide that encourages readers to take a closer look at some of the satellite images featured in the Earth from Space exhibition. A complement to any ecology, geology, or environmental science curriculum.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
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Grade(s): General audience
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Music as Environmental Advocacy
Smithsonian archivist Jeff Place looks at the lives and works of musicians who have spread a message of appreciation and personal responsibility for our rivers, lakes, and oceans.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Water from Space
National Air and Space Museum geographer Andrew Johnston discusses how satellites are used to map our water resources and to observe “water cycles.”
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