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Earth Science Website Resources

If you type “earth science” into your favorite search engine, you will be overwhelmed by the amount of hits listed. Many sites include adult as well as student information, lesson plans, and activities that can be used to enhance your science instruction. This list represents a few excellent sites out of the thousands available.

Miscellaneous resources, in alphabetical order, are followed by specific topics (atmosphere, caves, evolution, minerals, rocks, space, volcanoes, weather).

Websites were selected by Heather Koehler, Burns Valley Elementary School and Deborah Tucker, Science Education Consultant.

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Miscellaneous Resources
(information, images, plans, homework help, etc.)

About Geology
This information-filled website offers links to several geology topics, a geology “blog,” and free geologic wallpaper along with numerous sponsored links. Lots of accessible information about geology is provided.
http://geology.about.com/

Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program Teachers’ Lounge
The website offers downloadable lesson plans on a variety of earth science topics.
http://education.arm.gov/teacherslounge/lessons/alphalessons.stm

California Geological Survey
This State of California Department of Conservation site provides teacher resources, educational resources, free materials, and more. The “Teacher Resource Center” is a library of models, CD ROMs, globes, kits, books, videos and audio tapes available for check out.
www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/education/Pages/index.aspx

Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)
Supports Earth system science education by providing:
• Access to high-quality collections of educational resources
• Access to Earth data sets and imagery, including the tools and interfaces that enable their effective use in educational settings
• Support services to help educators and learners effectively create, use, and share educational resources
• Communication networks to facilitate interactions and collaborations across all dimensions of Earth system education
DLESE resources include electronic materials for both teachers and learners, such as lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, visualizations, assessment activities, curriculum, online courses, and much more.
www.dlese.org/library/index.jsp

Earth Science Lesson Plans
The Discovery Education Lesson Plans Library contains a variety of earth science lessons.
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/earthsci.html

Earth Science Picture of the Day
Information and a searchable archive of photos.
http://epod.usra.edu/

Earth Science Week
An annual event held the second week of October to promote understanding and appreciation of the earth sciences, coordinated by the American Geological Institute. The Earth Science Week Toolkit contains calendars, posters, student activities, a CD-ROM of Earth Observations from Space, and more. Available for the cost of shipping and handling.
www.earthsciweek.org/

Earth Science World
Includes an image bank, book links, interactive geologic timeline, and an oil well game. It also has information about careers in geosciences.
www.earthscienceworld.org/

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Offers links to various teaching and learning resources from federal agencies.
www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=47&toplvl=41

Field Museum
This website allows you to follow along with expeditions via email, listen to recorded broadcasts through Chicago Amplified, and explore online exhibitions and interactive games.
www.fieldmuseum.org/expeditions/interactive_main_alternate.html

Geological Society of America
Offers links to free lesson plans and additional resources (educational information links, computer software, videos, books and other teaching media).
www.geosociety.org/educate/resources.htm

geology.com
A teacher-friendly website with reference maps, satellite images, news articles, rock photos, and numerous resources including a link to a geology dictionary.
http://geology.com/

Goddard Space Flight Center
Offers links to a variety of earth science lesson plans and Teacher Background
& Resources.
http://eartheducator.gsfc.nasa.gov/Lesson_Plans/

homework spot
Provides homework assistance for students and excellent links with adult level information.
www.homeworkspot.com/middle/science/earthscience.htm

How Stuff Works
The “How Stuff Works” website has articles and animations using quick time. The site is separated by tabs for beginners, intermediate, and advanced studies, exploring different topics in earth science including geology, climate and weather, geophysics, green science, natural disasters, and oceanography. Also contains links to other science disciplines along the bottom and the top of the page. Check out the educational links.
http://videos.howstuffworks.com/science/earth-science-videos.htm

Illinois State Museum: Geology Online
Offers lesson plans, background information, and web links for K-12 teachers.
http://geologyonline.museum.state.il.us/tools/

K-5 Curriculum Units
Find draft earth science curriculum units on the Public Schools of North Carolina website.
www.ncpublicschools.org/curriculum/science/units/elementary/

KQED Quest
A multimedia series exploring Northern California science, environment, and nature. If you click on the links on the map it will take you to different activities, for example a virtual walk through a state park and a water usage quiz.
www.kqed.org/quest/?gclid=CL6Psc3UvpUCFR30Igod1F0JQw

KQED Science
This site features “blogs” and links about local and global issues.
www.kqed.org/science/

Lesson Plan Library — Science
The Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) website includes a lesson plan library with several earth science lessons.
www.mcrel.org/lesson-plans/science/sciencelessons.asp

NASA: For Kids Only — Earth Science Enterprise
This site has links for people, land, water, air, and natural disasters. Each area includes teacher guides, games, and hot links.
http://kids.earth.nasa.gov/land.htm

NSTA Learning Center
A state-of-the-art web portal that contains thousands of standards-based learning resources for teachers of science. Resources include web seminars, e-book chapters, journal articles, SciGuides, SciPacks and more. Over 700 resources are available free. The Learning Center is customized to allow teachers to assess their content knowledge and design a path specifically for their needs and preferences. Teachers are able to manage their own professional development plan, track their experiences, and earn a certificate of completion for their successful achievement.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org

Science NetLinks
Sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), offers a variety of lessons and resources for K-12 students. The “Resources” button leads to numerous links to web resources for standards-based teaching.
www.sciencenetlinks.com/matrix.cfm

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
The site provides websites for kids, lesson plans for teachers, and a variety of information. Click on the “Explore a Topic” tab, to be directed to “The Evolving Earth” which has resources covering topics including climate change, gems and minerals, and the origin and evolution of the earth and solar system. Multiple resources include articles, descriptions, and photos.
www.mnh.si.edu/

teachers’ domain
Digital media for the classroom and professional development. You must register to use this resource, but it is FREE. This site contains ideas, articles, images, information, lesson plans, as well as links to professional development.
www.teachersdomain.org/collection/k12/sci.ess/

U.S. Geologic Survey
Website includes topics such as climate change, earthquakes, energy and minerals, floods, geospatial analysis, ground and surface water, maps, atlases, real time data, volcanoes, water quality, and much more.
www.usgs.gov/

Utah Curriculum Resources
This site offers a variety of lessons including earth science lessons from the Utah Education Network, sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education.
www.uen.org/Lessonplan/LPview.cgi?core=3

Wikipedia
Defines earth science and includes many links.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_science


Atmosphere

Cycles of the Earth and Atmosphere
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) site provides background information and supporting classroom teaching materials for teachers of grades 5-9.
www.ucar.edu/learn/


Caves

Oakland Museum of California
Website has interesting information about caves.
www.museumca.org/global/resources.html


Evolution, Paleontology, and Astrobiology

Astrobiology Magazine
Wbsite contains information about evolution and climatic change and so much more.
www.astrobio.net/news/

University of California Museum of Paleontology
On this website you can do research on life, learn about people, and hear about upcoming events. There are online exhibits of animals, plants, and time periods.
www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/


Minerals

Mineral Information Institute
Offers lessons, charts, packets, and links to other mineral resources for teachers.
www.mii.org/teacherhelpers.html


Rocks

California Learning Resource Network (CLRN)
Provides links to electronic learning resources (ELRs) on rocks.
www.clrn.org/search/search.cfm?ResourceAbstract=rocks&ResourceTitle=
& Publisher=&PrimaryContentArea=SC&InstructionalMode=&searchtype=
AND&Search=1

Rock Cycles
An interactive activity on the rock cycle offered by Annenberg Media.
http://www.learner.org/interactives/rockcycle/index.html

Volcano World: Rocks and Minerals
Oregon State University site offers four lessons (rocks, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks).
http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/education/vwlessons/lessons/lesson4.html


Space Sciences/Astronomy

Center for Science Education (CSE)
This educator page of the CSE at the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab contains links to the wealth of educational materials funded by NASA's Office of Space Science Education and Public Outreach Program, updates on workshops held at the CSE, links to SEGway lessons, and much more.
http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/educators.html

Earth Sky
This website is for all ages, students and teachers. It has video clips that include text and audio, articles on astronomy and Earth science, a "Teachers' Lounge" that has listings of resources for teachers, contests for kids, and more.
http://www.earthsky.org/


Volcanoes

Volcano World
Oregon State University website offers lessons, pictures, games, and information on volcanoes
http://volcano.oregonstate.edu/
as well as a database driven “blog” site that houses current eruptions reports, faq's, art, and volcano pages
http://volcanoworld.wordpress.com


Weather

Hurricane and Storm Tracking for the Atlantic & Pacific Oceans
From the National Weather Service.
http://hurricane.terrapin.com/

Interactives: Weather
A weather website that starts with the atmosphere and the water cycle and moves to forecasting.
www.learner.org/interactives/weather/index.html

National Severe Storms Laboratory: Resources
Contains a resource listing for weather and climate instruction with links to additional resources and information on the NOAA website.
http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/edu/resources/

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