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Examples of exemplary resources for the 9 - 12 levels

This page has examples of exemplary resources for the 9 - 12 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, 6 - 8, and undergraduate levels.

Study Earth's Environment from Space - NASA, GSFCStudying Earth's Environment From Space

This program aims to increase the use of satellite data in science classrooms by developing classroom materials linked to guided inquiry computer exercises. There are four modules: stratospheric ozone, global land vegetation, oceanography, and polar sea ice processes. Each module contains background material and classroom and computer lab resources. The classroom resources are presented as electronic textbooks or lectures. The computer lab materials contain public domain software for data display and analysis (for both Macs and PCs), tutorials, satellite data, and computer exercises for students. An Instructor's Guide accompanies the exercises for each module.



Performance Assessment Links in Science - PALSPALS

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.


Earth Exploration Toolbook

The Earth Exploration Toolbook is a collection of computer-based Earth science activities. Each activity, or chapter, introduces one or more data sets and an analysis tool that enables students to explore some aspect of the Earth System. Step-by-step instructions in each chapter walk users through an example-a case study in which they access data and use analysis tools to explore issues or concepts in Earth system science. In the course of completing a chapter, students produce and analyze maps, graphs, images or other data products.


Water on the Web - picture of calm waterWater on the Web (WOW)

This site is designed to train students to understand and solve real-world environmental problems. It offers unique opportunities for high school and first year college students to learn basic science through hands-on science activities - in the lab and field, and by working with state- of-the-art technologies accessible through the free website. Coordinated teacher and student lesson plans are designed for infusion into the existing science curricula for advanced high school students and college freshmen. The lessons use the aquatic environment and real lake data to explore basic science concepts through two different approaches: a directed study and an inquiry approach. Real water quality data, provided in real-time and archived formats, is obtained through the project's Remote Underwater Sampling Stations (RUSS). Data visualization tools embedded in the site allow students to see and explore relationships that might be lost to them when the data appear as just arrays of numbers.



Topo map in colorVisualizing Topography

Visualizing Topography is an instructional tour that shows how to visualize topography in 3D. It contains Quick Time movies and questions that help students visualize two-dimensional topography in three dimensions.




Exploring Our Dynamic Planet - screen image of colored map of earth showing plate boundariesExploring Our Dynamic Planet: Jules Verne Voyager, Jr .

This site offers an interactive map tool, curriculum materials, and other supporting materials that enable high school and college students and scientists to better understand the relationship between geophysical and geological processes, structures, and measurements with high-precision GPS data. There are curriculum materials on plate tectonics, specifically on using satellite geodesy to measure crustal motion.



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