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by Mary Ann Kelley

Resources for Earth Science

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Looking for a curriculum that makes learning fun? You'll find it in Time4Learning's PreK-12 grade online homeschool curriculum.
Text Time4Learning and rotating graphics for math, science, social studies, and language arts

Sky Lights Science Blog  (M, O, T)
Sky Lights, a science blog from retired teacher Dan Heim, "is an ad-free website already in use by many teachers and students. I cover topics from astronomy, meteorology, and earth science. I also take questions from readers. With over 400 posts to date there's a wealth of information available in the archives, and more to come. The content includes 2D and 3D animations, slideshows, and original photos and graphics. Links are included in most posts for greater depth and further research. I taught science for 30+ years, am now retired, and provide this content gratis." Dan has a page for educators explaining how to best make use of his blog and he welcomes questions.

Why Do Leaves Fall Colors Change?  (Y,M)
Autumn Leaves Science Projects

Investigating Local Ecosystems  (Y)
Students investigate the habitats of local plants and animals and explore some of the ways animals depend on plants and each other. Hrades K-2

Food Webs in the Bay  (M)
Students will research plants and animals that live in the submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) of a bay area. After researching the organisms, students will do class presentations and create a food web using pictures of all of the organisms. At the end of the lesson, they will discuss ideas of organisms sharing food, space, water, air, and shelter. Grades 6-8

Curriculum Center - Magnetism  (M,O,T)
Activities, puzzles and project ideas to boost the study of Magnetism.

Ology  (Y,M,O,T)
American Museum of Natural History in NYC. Science-rich Website for Kids.

MGBnet - What is it like where you live?  (Y,M)
The MBGnet project is a series of videos about terrestrial biomes and aquatic habitats called What's It Like Where You Live?. The MBGnet website was based on these videos and gives additional information about the ecosystems.

Earth: Our World in Motion  (Y,M,O,T)
From Ology - American Museum of Natural History.

HippoCampus  (Y,M,O,T)
HippoCampus provides free, multi-media content in many subjects, including Algebra, Physics, Calculus, Environmental Science, U.S. History and more. It is a bit awkward to navigate around entire books on the site, but there is a wealth of information online at no cost.

A Science Odyssey: People and Discoveries:  (M,O)
A databank consisting of 120 entries about 20th century scientists and their stories.

NASA Teaching Materials  (Y,M,O,T)
Extensive database of downloadable educational materials searchable by subject, grade level and product type

Science NetLinks:The Four Seasons  (M)
To understand that it is the tilt of earth's axis that causes the seasons. Grades 6-8

Science in a bag Lesson: Light and Crystals  (M)
To use hydro-gel crystals in a hands-on activity to study light refraction through two media. Also, to stimulate critical thinking. Upper Elementary and Middle School Age Children

You've Got to Be Cool to Make Igneous Rocks   (M)
Lesson plan for grades 7-9

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