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In this activity, student teams identify the locations of coral reefs around the world, examine infrared satellite images of the Earth, and research the impacts that are threatening the survival of coral reefs. Each team creates a short oral... (View More)

In this hands-on activity, students build a physical model of the atmosphere using paper disks, then use the model to learn the structure of the atmosphere and the scientific terms used to describe the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere,... (View More)

In this demonstration, liquids of different density are mixed to demonstrate how the layers of the Earth were formed as the denser materials sank to the inner portion of the Earth with the less dense materials, such as our crust, remaining on top. A... (View More)

In this activity, students analyze the results of an experiment, conduct research, and describe the potential importance of positive and negative feedbacks in governing the response of the Earth system. Teacher background information, assessment... (View More)

In this demonstration of the properties of light, two small mirrors and a dime are used to show students understand how optical illusions can be created. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video, NASA Why Files: The Case of... (View More)

Keywords: Magic tricks

Students match fossils, landforms, rock types and interlocking shapes to assemble the ancient continent of Pangaea. The resource includes a student worksheet and continent pieces. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the video,... (View More)

Students are introduced to three legends explaining earthquakes, and then conduct research using the Internet, books, or other resources to learn about other legends from around the world. Students are instructed to create a skit, poster, written or... (View More)

Students watch or read a weather report, and draw the position of the jet stream on a map. This worksheet includes questions that help students learn the role of the jet stream in the generation of weather in the continental U.S. The resource is... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free per student

This activity will show students how to determine rate of evaporation and the atmospheric factors that can affect this rate. Laboratory equipment needed for this investigation includes: a digital balance or triple beam balance, metric ruler in... (View More)

In this paper and pencil exercise, students create graphs that describe the effect of a series of experiments using Daisy World, an energy balance model, that can be used to demonstrate concepts of equilibrium, homeostatis, and positive and negative... (View More)