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This collection of lessons and web resources is aimed at classroom teachers, their students, and students’ families. Most of these resources come from the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). NSDL is the National Science Foundation’s online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. See

Teachers' Domain: Earth System, Structure, and Processes
Resource: Educator (grades K-12)
This Web site offers interesting and well organized information on the Earth. Short clips and lesson plans are provided to target grades K-12.

Science Education Resource Center
Resource: Educator (late high school and college)
This site works to improve undergraduate science education through projects that focus on supporting faculty. It offers special expertise in geoscience education, community organization, workshop leadership, digital libraries and Web site development.

Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence
Resource: Opportunities for Educators to participate in Oceanic Experiences
The Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) network website promotes a better understanding of the ocean and its key role in the global environmental cycles and processes. With 12 Centers nationwide, the COSEE Network serves as a window to ideas, information, and resources through its workshops, scientist-educator partnerships, and career information.

International Year of the Ocean
Resource: Educator (elementary)
Created for the International Year of the Ocean (YOTO) in 1998, this Web site was created to help raise public awareness and understanding of the ocean and related issues. Although outdated, the site includes informaion on specific marine life as well as environmental issues. Search for information on each state is available.

Resource: Students (elementary)
This Web site is for elementary school age children to explore their earth. The site has engaging activities and interesting content.

Resource: Educator, Students (elementary) and Parents is a gateway to experience the excitement of contemporary science and technology through online/offline interactivities with science and technology centers worldwide. The site offers tips for parents and teachers for activities and fieldtrips. The content is useful for all ages.

The EnviroLink Network
Resource: Young Adults and General Public (adult)
EnviroLink is a Web site created by a non-profit organization that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world on the subject of the environment. EnviroLink is dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information and news by providing links to numerous sites.

Triumph of Life
Resource: All Audiences
Maintained by the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), the Web companion to a six-part series that examines how evolution has shaped the existence on our planet.

Resource: Student Research Information (high school-college), Researchers (adult)
Bridging the gap between libraries and data archives, this web site allows users to explore Scripps' voyages that bring the human side of oceanography to life. Data, documents and images from 822 expeditions by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) since 1903 are web-accessible and are part of the NSF-funded National Science Digital Library (NSDL).

Resource: Educator (grades K-8) and Students (elementary)
Part of the NASA Web site, the web page titled Earth provides indepth descriptions of our planet, especially NASA missions. The content is geared for everyone--researchers, educators, and a kid's page.

Exploring Earth: Explore the World of Earth Science
Resource: Educator (high school)
The investigations and visualizations on this Web site were designed to accompany Earth Science, a high school textbook.Investigations are Internet-based activities that use animations, interactive graphics, and unique imagery to help students gather information about a particular Earth science theme, issue, or concept. This is a good source of information with or without the textbook.

NASA -- Earth
Resource: Educator (all levels), Students and General Public
Earth is part of the NASA Web site and is invites all audiences to peruse its pages designed to be a resource of information. Whether an educator, student, or general public choosing the specific section, this site will provide the latest information and high-quality images of the Earth we inhabit.

Earth and Moon Viewer
Resource: Educator, Student Research Information and General Public
This Web site was developed and is maintained by John Walker, founder of Autodesk, Inc. It features a variety of color-enhanced satellite images of the Earth and the Moon. View a maps of the Earth, Moon, and other events such as eclipses with explanations of each image. With a variety of beautiful photographs this Web sitee is a valuable resource of all ages.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Resource: Educator and Students (grades K-12)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Web site provides a wealth of materials for teachers and students in grades K-12 to develop an increased knowledge of solid waste issues. These resources are intended to increase environmental awareness and inspire participation in environmental activities to generate solutions to this problem. This site has something for everyone.

Chemicals, the Environment and You
Resource: Educator and Students (grades 7-8)
The National Institute of Health offers this online curriculum for teachers of grades 7-8 with an objective to help students learn how chemicals in the environment affect human health. This is a complete online curriculum which allows students to participate in activities that integrate inquiry science, environmental studies, human health, history, decision-making concepts, and mathematics. The real-life context can be applied immediately to students' lives providing them with meaningful learning.

Avalanche! Slip Sliding Away
Resource: Educator (grades 4-12)
This hands-on activity is part of a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Web site NOVA series on survival dealing with predicting avalanches. The series is aimed at helping students understand the complexities, dangers, catastrophic results and the prediction of avlanches. The accompanying video can be purchased and a lesson plan is available to teachers for use in their classrooms.

Earth & Environment Research Overview
Resource: All Audiences
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Geosciences Directorate's priority area, among others, supports research that leads to an understanding and prediction of Earth and its environment. This research helps us comprehend our effects on the environment and how the environment in turn responds to impacts of our activities. Through thought-provoking questions and beautiful imagry, this Web page will stimulate the mind to seek answers through research.

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