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## ALEX Lesson Plans

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Subject: Science (6)
Title: Cooking Up A Storm!
Description: The students will describe the key ingredients in a tornado and explain how a tornado forms by completing an activity entitled Cooking Up A Storm! This activity will serve as a follow-up activity to understanding how tornadoes form. This lesson also includes the 5-E Learning Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) and includes several Common Core Standards. This lesson was created for a module entitled The Storm Chasers (TU MSP Project, NSF Funded).

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Subject: Science (6)
Title: The Perfect Storm!
Description: The students will explain and simulate how a tornado forms by using the Steve Spangler Twister Kit and creating an interactive PowerPoint presentation. This lesson also includes the 5-E Learning Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) and includes several Common Core Standards. This lesson was created for a module entitled The Storm Chasers (TU MSP Project, NSF Funded).

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Mathematics (6), or Science (6)
Title: The Heart and Soil of Agriculture
Description: This lesson will discuss the process and importance of water filtration though soil.  This lesson will discuss the vital role that soil and water play in our survival.  We are limited to a very small percentage of available water.  We are also very limited to available soil for growth.  As we grow and build upon our soil what impact will this play with our drinking water.

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Subject: Mathematics (6), or Science (6)
Title: Is My Vari"able" to Stand?
Description: This cross-curricular lesson is designed to require students to apply algebra to a real world, natural disaster situation. Students will be asked to design a treehouse including a ladder. Students will set up an algebraic equation and solve for the variable. Will their treehouse be able to withstand a "jelloquake"? Students will test the strength of their treehouse and ladder in science class. This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

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Subject: Science (6)
Title: A Catastrophic Mystery!
Description: This lesson will serve as an introductory activity to understanding tornadoes and hurricanes. Specifically, the students will use the clues located in their boxes or bags to make predictions and form a summary about what they think might have happened in this catastrophic event. To accommodate at-risk or diverse learners, cooperative learning groups will be utilized. This activity was created for a module entitled The Storm Chasers! (TU Math & Science Partnership Project, NSF Funded).

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Subject: Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Masters of Disaster (Middle Grades)
Description: Students will research natural disasters and their impact on people.  They will work in teams to design a disaster preparedness guide to share with the community to reduce the impact of a natural disaster utilizing various creativity apps on the iPad.

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Subject: Science (6)
Title: Watch out for the Tsunamis!!
Description: Students will understand how Tsunamis start and what happens when they get close to the shoreline.  The students will make a connection between shorelines and Earth's surfaces.  The lesson will conclude with students performing a test to see how a tsunami could develop.

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Subject: English Language Arts (5), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Science (5 - 6)
Title: River's Path
Description: What determines the path of a river? Rivers follow the path of least resistance changing the landscape by carrying sediment and debris along the way.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Science (6)
Title: Let’s Get Physical! (or Chemical Weathering)
Description: This lesson helps students learn the differences between physical and chemical weathering. Students will complete various activities in which they identify and describe the type of weathering that is taking place.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.

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Subject: Science (6)
Title: "Weathering" Heights
Description: This lesson introduces students to weathering. Students will watch videos and complete drawings and diagrams as they learn about weathering, erosion, and deposition. Students will complete a simple demonstration and relate it to how the processes occur in nature.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Washed Away
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about water erosion. They will view pictures and videos, complete drawings, and work in collaborative groups as they research types of water erosion (rill, gully, sheet, and channel). Students will also connect water erosion to deposition.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.

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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Volcanoes
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about the three main types of volcanoes. Students will watch videos, complete drawings and diagrams, and work in collaborative groups as they investigate cinder cone, composite, and shield volcanoes. Students will also review the positive and negative effects of volcanoes.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.

## Thinkfinity Lesson Plans

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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Climate Controls
Description: This Xpeditions lesson has students consider how various parts of the world and the United States are affected by climate controls such as world air currents. They read about climate controls and create maps showing how these controls affect the climate in various places around the country.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education

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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education

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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Regional Guidebook
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students are asked to consider the unique physical and human characteristics of their home region and to create guidebooks that describe these features to visitors to the region. In the process, they gain an awareness of the human and environmental factors that make places unique.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education

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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Engineering - Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: What Happened to Whom?
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider the natural disasters that might occur near their homes and to determine where it would be best to build a house in order to avoid damage from a natural disaster or storm. They do the Xpeditions activity titled '' '' Stormy Stories,'' '' research natural disasters and storms, and write reports pretending their families have sought their advice on the safest places to build a new home.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education

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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Power of Fire
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students map natural hazards around the world. They figure out where people face danger from earthquakes and volcanoes and create a map showing where these natural hazards may occur.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education

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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Rain: Friend or Foe?
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students use their knowledge of rainfall, vegetation, and the slope angles of hillsides to make decisions, predict outcomes, and analyze the effects of certain events or practices (e.g., overgrazing, forest fires, and clear-cutting woodlands). This lesson helps students appreciate the complex relationships between various physical processes and the physical features they modify.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education

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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Ecology - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Impact of Natural Hazards Around the World
Description: This Xpeditions lesson focuses on how humans can use technology to adapt to phenomena such as fires, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and volcanoes. It helps students understand that the negative consequences of natural hazards can be reduced if we understand our vulnerability and learn to prepare for them.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education

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Subject: Science
Title: Ozone Fill-Up
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about creative ideas for closing the hole in the ozone layer that was discovered over Antarctica in the 1980s. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other resources.

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Subject: Science
Title: Predicting Earthquakes
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the development of a tool designed to predict California's next big earthquake. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.

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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn about how tornadoes are formed and how they are rated according to intensity. They explore various topics about tornadoes, including where they occur most frequently, what kind of damage they cause, how they are predicted, and current scientific research. Students work both alone and in small groups to gain a better understanding of tornadoes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education

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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Natural Hazards: Same Forces, Different Impacts
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students consider the threats that natural disasters (specifically tornadoes, volcanoes, and earthquakes) pose for humans, then compare and contrast two disasters. Students also analyze data about the magnitude and impacts of natural disaster events; and assess the value of scientific research into the causes and impacts of natural events.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education

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Subject: Science
Title: Quake Side Effects
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about some of the global changes caused by the tsunamis in 2004. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.

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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Delving into the Grand Canyon
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about how the Grand Canyon was formed and what the region looked like at the time each layer of rock was deposited. They draw diagrams of the canyon and its layers and write captions to describe what they have drawn.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education

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Subject: Science
Title: Florida Freezes
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about research that shows that draining a wetland is not only bad for the animals that live there, but it also changes the local weather. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.

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Subject: Science
Title: Earth Simulator
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear a professor of meteorology at the University of Hawaii describe why the most powerful supercomputer attracts scientists from all over the world. This supercomputer creates complex models of earthquakes, ocean currents, and weather events in great detail. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.

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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Reviving Bodie
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students research the ghost town of Bodie and imagine that the state of California has decided to make Bodie a town again and to let people settle there. Groups of students write guides for the town's new potential citizens, explaining the things they need to know about the town's climate, landscape, location, natural resources, and history.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education

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Subject: Science - Meteorology - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Ocean and Weather: El Nino and La Nina
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students explore the weather phenomena El Nino and La Nina. They learn about when and where these weather changes occur and about the effects they have on everything in their wake.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education

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Subject: Science
Description: Science NetLinks Science Updates are short audio clips about a variety of subjects related to science. Each clip is accompanied by a transcript and classroom lesson ideas. Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.

## ALEX Learning Assets

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Title: Smore Climate Change
Digital Tool: Smore
Digital Tool Description: Attractive poster and newsletter creator. Students use it to create a poster telling what they have learned.

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Title: Why Volcanoes Erupt
Digital Tool: Video resource from Ignite Learning - Volcanic Eruptions
Digital Tool Description: This short music video clip can be used as an introduction to a unit on volcanoes and/or natural disasters.

## ALEX Podcasts

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Leaf Us Alone
Overview:
In this clip from "The Friends of Auntie Litter", the Pollution Patrol sings a song that is a cry from help from the forest.  The words to the song are included in the video.  This video is one from the Take Pride Statewide series.

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This amazing podcast will keep you on the edge of your seat. Each step of the Enhanced Fujita Scale is explained with a picture to show the damage intensity. Next graphics explain how tornadoes form. A video segment from the April 27th tornado outbreak in Alabama illustrates how multiple vortexes can form and the aftermath that is left behind. Finally, the importance of being weather aware is addressed. The magnitude of this catastrophic event is sure to keep your attention!

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Oil Spill Science- Introduction
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An introduction to a series of podcasts on teaching about the 2010 Gulf Coast Oil Spill.

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Oil Spill Science- How Oil Forms
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A podcast that discusses how oil forms in relationship to the Gulf Oil Spill.

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Oil Spill Science- Oil Spills in Perspective
Overview:
A discussion that attempts to place the Deepwater Horizon oil spill into perspective.

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Oil Spill Science- Clean up Activities
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Activities to teach about the clean up efforts following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast.

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The Land of Alabama
Overview:
ArchiTreats: Food for Thought will celebrate the Year of Alabama History through a series of sequential lectures in Alabama history by leading experts in the field. Join us for the first in the series at noon on Thursday, January 15 as John Hall presents The Land of Alabama, a talk on the physical geography and geology of Alabama. This presentation will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The varied landscape of the state is often taken for granted, but the state is the result of a half- billion years of changes. It has endured continental collision, the up-thrusting of a mountain range, deposition of a giant coastal plain—twice—and the recent massive erosion of its valleys. It has survived near-misses by glaciers, strikes by giant meteorites and its mountains being worn flat and thrust up again. Parts of it have been sea bottoms full of giant reptiles while dinosaurs roamed its hills and valleys. All this before the Indians arrived and made it theirs. This presentation will introduce the physical landscape of the state and set the stage for the talks to come in the rest of the 2009 ArchiTreats series. John Hall is presently Curator of the new Black Belt Museum at the University of West Alabama. He is the retired chief naturalist at the University of Alabama - Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa and is a well-known Alabama naturalist and teacher. He specializes in the connections of science and history in Alabama. He is well-known for his programs on botanist William Bartram and the Sylacauga meteorite. This ArchiTreats presentation is made possible by the Friends of the Alabama Archives and a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a bit of Alabama history. Coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives. For more information, call (334) 353-4712.

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Water Pollution
Overview:
For this activity, stream table models are utilized. Students introduce pollutants into the sediment in the stream table. Then they introduce water into the stream table and observe the sediment and “downstream” waterway.This demonstration shows how ground pollution and upstream water pollution can be carried downstream to other bodies of water and land. The “ground” in the stream table model has been polluted with green food coloring (before the water is added). As the water passes over the polluted area, the pollution contaminates the stream, surrounding land and the larger body of water at the end of the steam. After polluted water has entered into larger bodies of water (seas, gulfs and oceans), it can be spread to other areas by the Coriolis effect. The Coriolis effect is caused by the rotation of the Earth. The effect deflects objects moving along the surface of the Earth to the right in the Northern hemisphere and to the left in the Southern hemisphere. The resulting movements can cause pollution to spread far beyond its source and affect other parts of the world.

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Save Our Sand
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This is a video about erosion and the effects it can have on our beaches.  It explains how beaches can be repaired.  It shows the processes of rebuilding a beach.  It explains how sand is cleaned.  The video also has additional information about erosion and the effects of it.

## Thinkfinity Podcasts

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Subject: Science
Title: Ozone Fill-Up
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about creative ideas for closing the hole in the ozone layer that was discovered over Antarctica in the 1980s. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other resources.

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Subject: Science
Title: Predicting Earthquakes
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the development of a tool designed to predict California's next big earthquake. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.

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Subject: Science
Title: Quake Side Effects
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about some of the global changes caused by the tsunamis in 2004. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.

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Subject: Science
Title: Florida Freezes
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about research that shows that draining a wetland is not only bad for the animals that live there, but it also changes the local weather. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.

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Subject: Science
Title: Earth Simulator
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear a professor of meteorology at the University of Hawaii describe why the most powerful supercomputer attracts scientists from all over the world. This supercomputer creates complex models of earthquakes, ocean currents, and weather events in great detail. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.

## Web Resources

### Lesson Plans

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A Disaster in the Making
http://www.nytimes.c...
This is a writing assignment for students to compare the effects of natural disasters. Questions are included as well as a video clip. An internet connection is required.

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Volcanoes Online
http://library.think...
Students can learn about volcanoes and test their knowledge using the volcanic database, information on volcanoes and plate tectonics, review questions, games, and comics!

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http://www.mrsoshous...
Activities to incorporate in lessons about water & watersheds.

### Podcasts

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National Geographic Videos
http://video.nationa...
This website has a variety of FREE National Geographic videos on animals, natural disasters, nature, space, history, and more.

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WATCH a volcano
http://earthquake-re...
This page is an attempt to compile the volcano webcams of the world.

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http://aptv.pbslearn...
In this video adapted from the Valdez Museum & Historical Archive, learn about the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964.

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Weathering: Types of Rock Song
This podcast is a song about earthquakes.

### Informational Materials

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From Sea to Shining Sea: Exploring America's Ocean Realms
http://nationalgeogr...
This student reproducible, which accompanies several Xpeditions lessons, features information about 12 unique marine ecosystems. A map, glossary and more accompanies the information about the Mariana Trench, Beaufort Sea, Gulf of Mexico and other locales.

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Volcanoes Online
http://library.think...
Students can learn about volcanoes and test their knowledge using the volcanic database, information on volcanoes and plate tectonics, review questions, games, and comics!

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Volcano World's Games & Fun Stuff
http://volcano.orego...
This website has several interactive games and simulations related to volcanoes.

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Plotting Earthquakes
http://earthquake.us...
The students will go to this website, which lists up to minute significant Earthquakes. They will then plot the Earthquakes on a physical map.

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Oceans Habitats
http://www.marietta....
Informational page that provides an interactive the comparison of regions of ocean biomes.

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Historic Hurricanes
http://www.nhc.noaa....
Information about past hurricanes including locations of land fall, paths, damage

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Real-time Earth
http://earthquake-re...
Students will use this site to read about Earth Changing current events.

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Real time Volcanoes
http://earthquake-re...

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WATCH a volcano
http://earthquake-re...
This page is an attempt to compile the volcano webcams of the world.

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http://aptv.pbslearn...

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Inside The Earth
http://www.enchanted...
This is an informative web site with diagrams of layers of the Earth.

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Volcanic Features
http://pbs.panda-pro...
Informative site about calderas, craters, geothermal, lava, and igneous rocks.

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Magma Mountains
http://pbs.panda-pro...
This informative web site for volcanoes, includes; calderas, craters, igneous rocks, magma, lava. Information about various parts of a volcano can be found by clicking on the terms.

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Cool Carbon
http://www.windows2u...
In this interactive game students and teachers are able to explore the carbon cycle by following an atom through the cycle.

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Kid Friendly Geology
http://www.kidsgeo.c...
This is an in-depth geology textbook written for kids. Geology is the study of the Earth's surface and substructure. Geologists look at the processes that form terrain and the processes that destroy terrain.

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Volcano Explorer
http://kids.discover...
Teachers and students can use this virtual volcano interactive. Very informational. Build your own volcano and watch it erupt.

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Global Climate Change
http://www.epa.gov/c...
This site is an excellent source for students to get information about global climate change. It also shows the impact and allows students to think like scientists. There is also a section with ideas for being a part of the solution instead of the problem.

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Volcano World
http://volcano.orego...
Students can see video clips and images of currently active volcanoes and track their activity.

### Interactives/Games

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Volcanoes Online
http://library.think...
Students can learn about volcanoes and test their knowledge using the volcanic database, information on volcanoes and plate tectonics, review questions, games, and comics!

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Volcano World's Games & Fun Stuff
http://volcano.orego...
This website has several interactive games and simulations related to volcanoes.

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Mountain Maker/Earth Shaker
http://aptv.pbslearn...
Students can interact with this site and see how plate movement changes the Earth's surface.

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Rocking with Rocks
http://www.learner.o...
Students can complete the Rock Cycle on this interactive site.

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Cool Carbon
http://www.windows2u...
In this interactive game students and teachers are able to explore the carbon cycle by following an atom through the cycle.

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Glaciers
Adjust mountain snowfall and temperature to see the glacier grow and shrink. Use scientific tools to measure thickness, velocity and glacial budget.

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Kid Friendly Geology
http://www.kidsgeo.c...
This is an in-depth geology textbook written for kids. Geology is the study of the Earth's surface and substructure. Geologists look at the processes that form terrain and the processes that destroy terrain.

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Volcano Explorer
http://kids.discover...
Teachers and students can use this virtual volcano interactive. Very informational. Build your own volcano and watch it erupt.

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Making My Own Weather
http://teacher.schol...
Interactive site where students manipulate the weather.

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Shape It Up
http://www.kineticci...
An interactive activity that allows students to use forces of nature to change the earth's surface.

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http://walrus.wr.usg...
Geologist are on hand to answer student's questions via email.

### Learning Activities

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Volcano World's Games & Fun Stuff
http://volcano.orego...
This website has several interactive games and simulations related to volcanoes.

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Plotting Earthquakes
http://earthquake.us...
The students will go to this website, which lists up to minute significant Earthquakes. They will then plot the Earthquakes on a physical map.

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Predicting Paths/Evacuations
http://www.nhc.noaa....
Students will evaluate the weather conditions and history of current storms. They will predict the path the hurricane will take. The students will hold "town meetings" in making decisions about ordering evacuations.

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Oceans Habitats
http://www.marietta....
Informational page that provides an interactive the comparison of regions of ocean biomes.

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Kid Friendly Geology
http://www.kidsgeo.c...
This is an in-depth geology textbook written for kids. Geology is the study of the Earth's surface and substructure. Geologists look at the processes that form terrain and the processes that destroy terrain.

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Volcano Explorer
http://kids.discover...
Teachers and students can use this virtual volcano interactive. Very informational. Build your own volcano and watch it erupt.

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Making My Own Weather
http://teacher.schol...
Interactive site where students manipulate the weather.

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http://teacher.schol...

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http://www.mrsoshous...
Activities to incorporate in lessons about water & watersheds.

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http://walrus.wr.usg...
Geologist are on hand to answer student's questions via email.

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Volcano World
http://volcano.orego...
Students can see video clips and images of currently active volcanoes and track their activity.

### Teacher Tools

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National Geographic Videos
http://video.nationa...
This website has a variety of FREE National Geographic videos on animals, natural disasters, nature, space, history, and more.

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Oceans Habitats
http://www.marietta....
Informational page that provides an interactive the comparison of regions of ocean biomes.

## Thinkfinity Interactive Games

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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Big Island Pool
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive demonstrates how the forces of water, wind, and geology mold and give shape to the Earth. Click the top circle in Room III to view this interactive.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education

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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Living Landscapes
Description: This Xpedition Hall interactive illustrates natural disasters including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic explosions, mudslides, and forest fires. Click on the middle circle in Room V to view this interactive, which demonstrates to visitors that there are risks involved no matter where they live.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education

## Thinkfinity Learning Activities

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Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education