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Examples of exemplary resources for the 6 - 8 levels

This page has examples of exemplary resources for the 6 - 8 levels. You might want to use it if you're showing DLESE to friends or colleagues and want to find a quick listing of good resources. Listings for the K - 5, 9-12, and undergraduate levels.

Exploring Earth

Exploring Earth offers investigations of almost every Earth science topic imaginable. Using imagery and visualizations, this site supports the unit and chapter headings of the Spaulding/Namowitz Earth Science textbook, offering interactive explorations to complement the topics. The scope is extensive, covering dynamic Earth processes, atmospheric science, and ocean science. The site was developed through a partnership between TERC and McDougal Littell and it is an integral part of the McDougal Littell Earth Science program.



Pals is an on-line, standards-based, continually updated resource bank of science performance assessment tasks. The tasks are indexed via the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and other standards frameworks and are collected from numerous sources. They include student directions and response forms, administration procedures, scoring rubrics, examples of student work, and technical quality data calculated from field-testing. On-line rater training packets have also been created for some tasks.


Bridge: Ocean Sciences Education Teacher Resource Center

Bridge is a growing collection of on-line marine education resources. It provides educators with accurate, useful, content-correct and content-current marine and data information on global, national, and regional marine science topics, and gives researchers a contact point for educational outreach. The Resource Pavilion provides links to lesson plans and curriculum units for K-12 classrooms, while the Data Port section provides links to on-line data sets, including tips on how to use these data in the classroom. Specific classroom activities using data are detailed and updated on a monthly basis. A communication section provides access to listservs and ask-a-scientist services. Ocean science information sites are linked by discipline or topic, including biology, chemistry, physics, marine geology, ecology, atmosphere, and human activities. Current on-line expeditions and event-specific activities are highlighted on the front page.


Mission Geography

The Mission Geography curriculum support materials link the content, skills, and perspectives of Geography for Life: The National Geography Standards with NASA missions, research, and science. The project uses existing NASA data and images to engage students in active, hands-on inquiry, modeling the scientific method and developing students' understandings of environment-society relations and Earth science. Grade level-specific modules are available to download on a variety of topics, including volcanoes, remote sensing, water resources, and human interactions with the Earth.


Endangered Species Field Trip

This tutorial on endangered animals provides a list of some endangered species of the world, an interactive U.S. endangered species map, and species fact sheets. The tutorial explains the causes of past extinctions and how endangered species are affected by human destruction of habitats, illegal hunting, pollution, and introduced species. Reasons why we should protect endangered species are given as well as opportunities to take action, such as online petitions to save wildlife. The endangered animals featured here include orangutans of Indonesia and Malaysia, manatees, African elephants, and Yellowstone wolves. There is information on the satellite tracking of endangered species, the careers of Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey, Koko (the western lowland gorilla who learned sign language), and the effect of the pesticide DDT on the bald eagle. The tutorial concludes with a short quiz.


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