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101 Amazing Earth Facts - Example: What was the deadliest known earthquake? The world's deadliest recorded earthquake occurred in 1556 in central China. It struck a region where most people lived in caves carved from soft rock. The dwellings collapsed, killing an estimated 830,000 people.
American Museum of Natural History - Visit their Web site for a free, easy-to-navigate online database of the Museum's scientific and educational materials. Includes hands-on activities for all ages, curriculum materials, interactive stimulations, videos of scientists at work, etc.
Ask A Geologist (USGS) - You can browse through a collected set of frequently asked questions. In addition, you can e-mail, phone or fax a specific question that is not covered. You may also write to the Subaru Distinguished Earth Science Teacher for education related questions.
The California Geotour - is an interactive index of Web page links to online California geologic field trip guides and geology related Web sites. The Web pages listed in the index are grouped by the California Geologic Provinces. Developed by the Department of Conservation, California Geological Survey.
Case Studies in Science - National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science: Find a variety of case studies on different subjects. In geology you will find high interest case studies on the dams, landslides, sinkholes, and the killer Lake Nyos. There are cases in Astronomy, Meteorology, Environment and many more. Sections to help you use case studies include "Guidelines for Using Our Cases," "Guidelines for Submitting a Case," which actually provides more information on how to use case studies in addition to submission requirements.
Daylight Savings - Clear and concise explanations. See how daylight savings affects different latitudes differently with an animation found under "rationale."
Digital Library for Earth System Education - A library of digitally accessible resources for learning about the Earth system, and an open, organized community of users. This community, composed of educators, students, and developers of technology and content, is engaged in building the library at all levels.
Doable Demos - Paper Plate Science: And you thought paper plates were only for hot dogs and watermelon? Find a variety of science/math based lessons ranging from addition to creating directions of Earth and sky to wind roses. Cheap as a paper plate.
Doppler Effect - Description and set of animations illustrating Doppler Effect and its uses.
Earth Explorers Series - Profiles an atmospheric scientist who flies through hurricanes, an engineer who operates a spectro-radiometer (an instrument on a satellite), an ocean scientist, high school students whose science fair project took them to Croatia, & other "Earth explorers." (NASA)
Earthguide - a collection of links, articles, and other materials amassed by the undergrads at the Univ. of Cal., San Diego. Lacks lesson plans, but has some good links to informational sites and some interesting articles with unusual connections to earth science.
Earth Observatory - NASA.
Earth Science Flashcards - from Flashcard Exchange, find over 90 flashcard sets for testing knowledge in geology, astronomy, oceanography, and meteorology. Available in an html and java format, the cards won't tap higher order thinking skills and some of the flashcard answers lack depth; still, this site is a quick way to gauge subject matter mastery. It is also a good site to have brighter students critique: what is wrong with a flashcard answer and why? Flashcards are also available for the humanities, languages, and the humanities. (Audience: middle school and up)
Earth Science Internet Campus - from EOA Scientific Systems, Find a series of clever, interactive, shockwave animations, ranging in size from 36 K to 2000 K, that can be used to introduce the following concepts:
1. Earth: Earthquakes, Seismic Waves and Activity, Earthquake Epicenter; Tectonic Plates and Tectonic Mapping; Glaciers; Hydrological Cycle;
2. Ocean: Sea Pressure and Depth; Secchi Disk; Animal Adaptations - Animals Which Camouflage; Fill the Earth with Oceans;
3. Atmosphere: Variations of Tropospheric Thickness; Temperature of the Atmosphere; Wind Direction - The Jet Stream / Jet Stream Map; The Coriolis Effect; Sun's Radiation on Earth - Angle of Incidence/solar altitude; Weather Education, Facts and Trivia; Lightning Game;
4. Space: The Solar System Planets; Satellite Remote Sensing / Taking Satellite Pictures;
5. Science: Periodic Table of Elements; Weight Mass Volume Density Gravity; Characteristics of All Waves. and then look for "interactive exercises" under the "earth," "ocean," "atmosphere," "space," and "science" links. Audience: Middle School and Up. Need a classroom of powerful computers, will have you download Shockwave.
Earth Science Page - E. Ramapo Central SD: Great lesson plans, computer labs, and links to additional information at:
Earth Science Picture of the Day: Each day a different image or photograph is featured, with an accompanying caption, which deals with various topics in Earth Science:
Earth Science Reference Tables - This fascinating resource is compiled for assistance on the New York Regents Earth Science test, but has lots of useful information for all earth science teachers.
Earth Science Share-a-thon - Earth science teacher David Robison and his New York colleagues have assembled a lab share-a-thon web site. Any teacher can freely download teacher written and classroom tested labs and other activities covering the whole range of Earth science. Many labs include teacher tips and answer keys. A directed, student-centered inquiry mode dominates, and the activities are appropriate for most secondary students. A New York emphasis will be evident in some activities.
Earth Science Vocabulary Review - Includes Rock and Mineral Hangman, Astronomy Hangman, printable flash cards, etc.
EarthNet - A product of the Natural Resources Department of Canada. This organization is analogous to the USGS in the United States. This site has a wide range of activities and text that can be downloaded. Every major topic in the Earth Sciences is covered. The site content is best suited to students in grade levels 7 through 11 however, there are activities that are suitable to grade 4 through 6 but would require revision to match reading level to student abilities. The content is well suited to US audiences except where there are references to provinces or typically Canadian issues.
Exploratorium Learning Studio Resource Guide - Earth System Science For Teachers - The Exploratorium's Learning Studio has created several web Resource Guides for educators. "An integrated approach to the study of the Earth that stresses investigations of the interactions among the Earth's components in order to explain Earth dynamics, evolution, and global change." (Earth Observatory Glossary)
For a full list of our web Resource Guides for Educators, see
Extra Credit Earth Science Assignments - Find an impressive list of short exercises for extra credit (or for credit). Exercises cover a variety of earth science topics with accompanying references. The fact that these resources are on one page makes them quite accessible.
Extreme Science - has many facts for students to look up regarding earth science, weather, space, technology, and maps. It can be a good site to use if you want your students to explore many science topics.
Eyes of Science - This site provides science educators and their students with useful online resources to bring those vast data that scientists and educators are compiling into clearer focus for research and classroom use. Side links to feeds from science web cams, current weather conditions, astronomical events, seismic stations, science organizations, and numerous health, social and economic information services help monitor our dynamic Earth.
Game Based Learning, SERC: This area of the Starting Point site is written to assist geoscience faculty who want to start using games to help them teach. Game-based learning uses competitive exercises, either pitting the students against each other or getting them to challenge themselves in order to motivate them to learn better.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Portal - - a site with many geologic links, including "geology basics".
Homeschooling Units: A list of science units of study on a variety of topics:
Houghton Mifflin: Geology chapters that link to numerous topical class lectures, Web sites, references, news items, organizations, and glossaries.
How the Foucault Pendulum Works
Jacques Cousteau Coastal Education Center - (Tuckerton, NJ) 2003 opportunities for educational materials and programs to promote lifelong learning about the ocean sciences.
The Learning Team - is a publisher of inquiry-based science software, including physics, earth science, environmental science, general science and teacher resources. They publish and sell educational software developed by some of the world's leading science and education institutions, and under Earth Science includes: GETIT (Geoscience Education Through Interactive Technology) which uses interactive, inquiry-based activities that closely simulate real-life research practices and incorporate simulations of advanced research in earthquakes, plate tectonics, volcanoes, hurricanes, and more. In EarthView Explorer, students can investigate using recent and authentic global data relevant to the geosphere; hydrosphere, biosphere; atmosphere and climate. Students can modify the view of the global data, sample or graph numeric data, and interact with a model of global climate.
The Learning Web (USGS) - Part of the USGS system; this particular section specifically offers lesson plans and activities for teacher to use with students. There is a link to featured careers in the geosciences called "Scientists in Action" which gives vignettes of real people doing real science.
Magic School Bus site "What on Earth" - volcanoes, ecology and weather:
NASA Earth Explorers: Equal to the Task - Read about University of Connecticut oceanographer Heidi Dierssen who is showing that women are as capable as men in math and science. With funding from NASA, she studies how satellites in space can be used for large-scale monitoring of seagrass - flowering plants growing on the seafloor - in shallow coastal waters. Seagrass has decreased over the years as a result of coastal development, stormwater runoff from the land, boating and other water recreation, invasive species and disease. The Earth Explorer articles are written for different reading levels (K-4, 5-8, and 9-12). Scroll down to the current article and click on the grade level that you want.
NSF Special Reports - Presents web-based reports on language & linguistics, Einstein & physics, weather patterns, the chemistry of water, the 2004 tsunami, arctic climate research, Admiral Byrd's historic flight to the South Pole (1929), cyberinfrastructure, fossils, earthquake engineering simulation, ecology of infectious diseases, robotics, visualization of research results & scientific phenomena, the world's first electronic nervous system, teacher institutes, & Nobel prize winners. (NSF)
Open Access Journals - Lund University Libraries. This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. The site aims to cover all subjects and languages. Journals in Earth Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Geology, Geophysics and Geomagnetism, Meteorology and Climatology, and Oceanography.
Powerpoint Games: Jeopardy, etc., templates that you can use to create games for your classes.
PUMAS - The Practical Uses of Math and Science - An online journal of short examples of everyday applications to math and science. Many of the topics are earth science related. The examples are developed by university faculty and have wonderful interdisciplinary connections. You can search the examples by age group and by the National Science Benchmarks by following this link to PUMAS Examples page that then leads to the PUMAS Examples Search Page.
Real-Time Information - Helps ensure that critical information needed by emergency forecasters & managers during extreme events is available. See "live" views of volcanoes around the world, weather images, geologic & mineral resource information, national flood-threat forecasts, & streamflow information. (USGS)
Resources for Earth Science and Geography Instruction - These links are organized around the sequence of topics typically taught in an introductory earth science or physical geography class. Links are also available for environmental science, earth science/geography education, career opportunities, and more. The sites selected are based on image quality, ease with which lesson plans can be developed, organization, authenticity, scope, and format.
Rubrics - This site has a collection of rubric examples, including some for science classes, from the Educator's Network.
Science Fairs - Madeline Binder announces the launch of a new website, which is designed to help middle school, jr. high and high school students through the intricacies of science fair projects one step at a time, also includes a parents guide and a teachers resource page.
Science Games - Go to this site for the following games and game templates: Science Jeopardy, Science Taboo, Science Bingo, Science Monopoly, Science Bowl and more.
Science Powerpoints, CFAT - Find a variety of PowerPoint presentations for a number of different science topics in chemistry, earth science, biology, and physics.
Chemistry Powerpoint Presentations:
Earth Science Powerpoint Presentations:
Physics Powerpoint Presentations:
Science misconceptions:
Science Outlook - This site pulls together headline newsfeeds in six categories, General Science, Technology, Health, Environment, Education and Space. There are no pop-up ads on the site.
Science & Nature (CNN) - Contains a section that advises the reader about volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and other earth phenomena during the past week. It is a good starting place for research or a place to re-check during a long project. It is useful for all age groups and in teaching both science and geography. See their science and space page also.
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History - Contains a varied amount of information that does change with time. It is most appropriate to students in grades 7 -12. Most intriguing are the virtual field trips through the museum. The site also allows the user to enter a keyword and search for information.
Steve Spangler Science – Colorado science whiz site has ideas for demos and activities. Great ideas for special holiday science too.
StudyStack - provides free online educational activities for data that users enter. Activities include flashcards, hangman, word search, crosswords, and matching. Flashcards can also be exported to cell phones, iPods, and PDAs.
A Tapestry of Time & Terrain: Geology of the United States: Excellent Web site with the geologic map of the U.S. and highlights about certain features. You can also purchase the Tapestry of Time puzzle from the GSA Bookstore.
Tasa Graphic Arts Company - Tasa Graphic Arts Co. has produced state of the art multimedia products for use in the Earth Science and Environment Science Classrooms. Of particular interest is the Plate Tectonics puzzle, interactive CD-ROM on Mineral Identification and topographic map study. They provide online ordering. To receive a 15% discount for teachers who visit the GSA website, contact Tasa Graphic Arts to receive a special web address and discount code.
e:mail:, Phone: 1-800-293-2725 or 1-505-758-5535.
Tools For Teachers - changes weekly, look up past tools, like certificate making, or the crossword puzzle maker
Tutorials on Earth Science Subjects:
The Understanding Evolution web site - written for teachers but accessible to the general public -- is intended to provide "one-stop shopping" for evolution education. The web site is rich in content, with sections on the nature of science, evolution itself, the different lines of evidence supporting evidence, evolution's relevance to everyday life, widespread misconceptions about evolution, and the history of evolutionary thought.
United States Geologic Survey (USGS) - A vast site and the government is offering a great deal of both information and products that can be used by teachers and students. One can purchase maps, aerial photos of specific areas, download free teaching and learning materials, access information about all areas of Geoscience and link to other relevant sites. Teachers of all levels can find suitable materials. Middle and high school students can use this site for research. Elementary students should not be sent here without very specific guidance.
Visible Earth (NASA) - A compilation of satellite images from around the world that has been shot with various sensors. This site can provide interesting images for use in lessons and can also be used in research by middle and high school students. Elementary students may be able to use the site with adult support. The images are quite varied and can be searched by location and subject. For example, images can be used to study plant distribution in the oceans or the effect of forest fires.
The Why Files - An email magazine focusing on the science behind the latest news headlines.
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The Earth Institute at Columbia University - is the world's leading academic center for the integrated study of Earth, its environment, and society. The Earth Institute builds upon excellence in the core disciplines--earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences and health sciences--and stresses cross-disciplinary approaches to complex problems.
Earth System Science Program at Stanford - An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Major with Coterminal Master's Degree.
The Physics Classroom Tutorial - is an online physics tutorial written for high school physics students. This virtual physics classroom offers an online tutorial of high school physics concepts, from kinematics to waves to reflection and refraction of light. It also features a multimedia studio that uses animations and other graphics to help students visualize abstract physics concepts.
RIDGE2000 - R2K is a community-based science initiative focused on integrated geological and biological studies of the Earth-encircling mid-ocean ridge system.
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Smart Communities Network (Dept. of Energy) - how your community can adopt sustainable development as a strategy for well-being.
Earth Council - Earth Council programs include The Earth Charter, The International Ombudsman Centre for the Environment and Development, and the National Councils for Sustainable Development.
Earth Vision - Headlines for sustainability.
Global Environment and Technology Foundation - a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. We are making a difference by promoting the development and use of innovative technology to achieve sustainable development. For over a decade, GETF has brought industry, government and communities together to address environmental challenges with innovative solutions.
Sustainable Colorado - Colorado's sustainable development information clearinghouse.
Toward a Stewardship of the Global Commons - Essays on sustainability. Includes essays by Pete Palmer.
World Watch Institute - World Watch is a non-profit public policy research organization dedicated to informing policymakers and the public about emerging global problems and trends and the complex links between the world economy and its environmental support systems.
World Conservation Monitoring Centre - The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre provides information for policy and action to conserve the living world. Their programs concentrate on species, forests, protected areas, marine, mountains and freshwaters; plus habitats affected by climate change such as polar regions. We also address the relationship between trade and the environment and the wider aspects of biodiversity assessment.
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Ready to Use Earth and Astronomical Science Activities for Grades 5-12, by Mark J. Handwerker. This five-volume series provides 300 tested lessons and over 600 reproducible fact sheets, worksheets, homework assignments, and review quizzes to help you teach basic scientific concepts and develop students' appreciation and understanding of the work done by generations of curious scientists. All volumes emphasize the "process" of science and offer 15 uniformly formatted teaching units covering 15 major topics in a specific area of science. Spiral-bound, 256 pages, February 199, Center for Applied Research in Education. 8-1/4 " x 11 ", ISBN: 0876284454. $29.95 at Prentice-Hall Direct, Title Code: C44549. (

Project Earth: Science Geology, by Brent A. Ford. NSTA Press (, Arlington VA, ISBN: 0873551311; Explain what it's like between a rock and a hard place! Use Project Earth Science: Geology to introduce your students to plate tectonics and teach them what causes volcanoes and earthquakes. Lead explorations of these and other larger-than-the-classroom geological phenomena with the teacher-tested, Standards-based activities. Earth's physical evolution and dynamic processes are carefully explained in language accessible to students and teachers. Supplemental readings provide educators with the background information to answer student questions and concerns. 224 pp. Also in the Project Earth Science series: Meteorology, Physical Oceanography and Astronomy.

The Teacher-Friendly Guide to the Geology of the Northeastern U.S. by Jane Ansley, 2000. Written as a teacher preparation and information resource, this guide provides teachers with background on the regional geology of the Northeast. Ties in national science education standards and inquiry-based teaching. Contains corresponding student activities for each topic. Designed for middle and high school level science teachers but applicable to any level. Paleontological Research Institution Publications, 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850; (, $25.

The Basics of Inquiry, Measurement, and Science Math - The book contains hands-on exercises that teach the basics of experimental design, measurement, and scientific figures, as well as the math and graphing skills needed to analyze data. Purchase for $14.95 from Health-Science Education, Inc., 5500 Prytania St., PMB 213, New Orleans, LA 70115; 504-897-0211; fax 504-897-0211; e-mail:;

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Careers - The American Geosciences Institute has a short, printable career brochure entitled "What Do Geoscientists Do?" with links on the right side for more specific information.
GSA Employment Service -
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Links to Science, Technology and Society programs - at universities worldwide.
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