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Earth’s Systems
Ecosystems, Organisms, and Trophic Levels

Ecosystems, Organisms, and Trophic Levels

Ecosystems, Organisms, and Trophic Levels virtual lab interactive from glencoe lets you explore various ecosystems and the organisms typical to each one. Test your knowledge of these organisms by taking mini quizzes as you click through each ecosystem. Requires Flash.
Global Maps

Global Maps

Explore this wonderful resources provided by NASA. This tool allows one to see data sets in a very visual way. Scroll your mouse over Atmosphere, Oceans, Land, Life on Earth, and Heat & Energy to see the specific variables you can choose. HTML5 is required.
Volcano Explorer

Volcano Explorer

Discovery Channel provides this interactive resource where you can learn about the types of volcanoes and adjust variables to make your own eruption. Explore the effects of viscosity and gas and watch your volcano explode! HTML5 is required.

 Radioactive Dating Game

Radioactive Dating Game

Check out this interactive resource with a built in game by PhET. Learn about different types of radiometric dating, such as carbon dating. Understand how decay and half-life work to enable radiometric dating. Play the game to test your ability to match the percentage of the dating element that remains to the age of the object. Flash is required. Dowload and launch.

Build an Online Habitat

Build an Online Habitat

This fun game from switcheroozoo.com lets you build a habitat and figure out what types of organisms are compatible with it. Requires Flash.
What is a Rainforest?

What is a Rainforest?

Rainforests are essential for our planet. Learn why they are essential by viewing this wonderful brief article provided by Discovery Channel. This resource will work on a tablet with the Discovery app.
Latest Earthquakes

Latest Earthquakes

Earthquakes occur at various spots on our great planet Earth. Check out this latest earthquakes update, which shows the most recent places an earthquake occurred. This great resource is provided by USGS. HTML5 is required.
Life Has a History

Life Has a History

Life Has a History is a wonderful resource developed by the University of California Museum of Paleontology and is part of their site called Explorations Through Time. The Explorations Through Time has a number of very good interactive about life changing over time. HTML5 is required.
Earth

Earth: a global map of wind, weather, and ocean conditions

Earth is an amazing site developed by Cameron Beccario. Every science student needs to see Earth’s wind, waves, and other real time factors. Just click on the word “earth” in the bottom left of the screen to get started.
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KEY CONCEPTS

Earth’s Materials and Systems (ESS2.A)

  • All Earth processes are the result of energy flowing and matter cycling within and among the planet’s systems. This energy comes from the sun and Earth’s hot interior. The energy that flows and the matter that cycles produce chemical and physical changes in the Earth’s materials and living organisms. (MS-ESS2-1)

The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes (ESS2.C)

  • Water continually cycles among land, ocean, and atmosphere via transpiration, evaporation, condensation, crystallization, and precipitation, as well as downhill flows on land. (MS-ESS2-4)
  • Global movements of water and its changes in form are driven by sunlight and gravity (MS-ESS2-4)

Natural Resources (ESS3.A)

  • Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. These resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes. (MS-ESS3-1)

About NGSS

Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.”

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Our team from Temple University has developed this resource for all K-12 students and teachers of science. These vetted learning tools align to the NGSS. Find one we should include? Just fill out the form.

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Many of these science resources require Java and Flash. Click below to download.

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