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Examples of exemplary resources for the K - 5 levels

This page has examples of exemplary resources for the K - 5 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 6-8, 9-12, and undergraduate levels.

Classroom Antarctica

This collection of units is designed to teach students about the global importance of Antarctica. The activities have been designed to challenge students to tackle often-complex topics, access a wide array of additional resources, and work together to synthesize their learning into an informed perspective on the topic. Topics include ice, the ocean, geology, weather, topography, auroras, the history of Antarctic exploration, living in Antarctica, animals, plants, the Antarctic Treaty, and the environment. Each unit has a selection of activities that are adaptable to the range of abilities in a class and the particular interests of the students. The units are self-contained but offer additional web links and materials for classroom support for extended study.


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.


Wonderful World of Weather

This standards-based module uses hands-on activities and real-time data investigations to allow students in the elementary grades to investigate weather phenomena both locally as well as in other places around the world. By using hands-on activities and real-time data investigations, students will develop a basic understanding of how weather can be described in measurable quantities, such as temperature, wind, and precipitation. The lesson plans in the module have been designed to allow teachers to select those that fit into their curriculum to allow for flexibility in implementation.


Exploring Caves

These interdisciplinary materials on caves for grades K-3 cover geology, cartography, and hydrology. The core of this curriculum is an original five-chapter read-aloud story that describes the adventure of two children who get lost in a cave and are led to safety by a talking bat. Each chapter has a coloring handout illustrating the action in the chapter, and a set of lesson plans designed to reinforce or expand upon the scientific and environmental elements in the chapter. Also included are activities, a teacher's guide, and a multimedia resource list.


Adaptation: A Way of Life (Plant and Animal Desert Adaptations)

These activities are designed to teach how desert plants and animals adapt to life in the desert and thrive on little moisture and high temperatures. Students recognize that all living things must adapt to their surroundings and that adaptations include behaviors and/or body characteristics. They examine specific plant and animal strategies to preserve moisture and stay cool.




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