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Our Earth
Category: Science
Tags: earth science plate tectonics rocks and minerals atmosphere weather geology


 

Textbooks: 
CPO Earth Science: Full textbook and accompanying "investigations" lab book. For middle school.
Earth Science Concepts for Middle School: CK-12 Flexbook with 14 chapters covering: earth’s features, rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, water, atmosphere, weather and climate, landforms, natural resources, the solar system and beyond.
High School Earth Science: CK-12 Flexbook with 26 chapters on earth and space science, plus a glossary.
 
Glencoe Science Teacher Resources:
Include worksheets, activities, assessments and answer keys:
 
 

Earth Science Illustrated Guide: Contains maps, charts, graphs and diagrams, with associated explanations, illustrating key earth science and space concepts. There’s a glossary at the end. This download has 209 pages.

Earth Science Lessons for middle school from Oregon State University. Covers plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes, rocks and minerals.

Earth Revealed: Series of 26 half-hour videos on geology; for high school students.

Free Readers:

Activities: 

Inside the Earth Webquest: Guide to various sites to gather information and fill out a Google document on earth’s layers, convection currents, drifting continents, sea floor spreading, and plate tectonics.

101 Earth Science Demos: Demonstrate concepts using just a few everyday items. The objective of the demo, procedure to follow, and science behind the demo is described. Five sections include geosphere, atmosphere, hydroshpere, space, and miscellaneous. This download has 106 pages.

Weather ProverbsExamine weather proverbs to determine their meaning, and the scientific principles they're based on.

Animations and Interactives: 
 
Journey to the Center of the EarthTravel to the earth’s core, with sights along the way.
 
Visual Lessons: For K - 12 on many earth sci topics.
 
 


Ecology and Environmental Science
Category: Science
Tags: ecology environmental science earth day

 

Free textbooks, virtual labs, interactives, and activities for building an ecology unit: 

Textbooks: If you want to use a textbook to structure your unit, check out Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planeta 658-page download.

There's also CK-12's Intro to Ecology, with 35 sections covering ecosystems and related topics. Sections include reading, related videos and links, and online practice questions. You can easily create your own "Flexbook" with only the sections you want to cover. The Ecology chapter is part of CK-12's Life Science textbook. 

HippoCampus Environmental Science VideosInformation on Earth's atmosphere, water, geology, and ecosystems.

Exploring Planet Earth: Free online course presented in 10 modules covering Earth's systems and resources.

Click the image below for an interactive worksheet on Earth Day:

Free Online Earth Day Games

Free PDF Books:

Here are some links to free resources for explaining and learning about various ecology topics through interactives, labs, assignments and activities. 

Levels of Organization: This Glencoe Virtual Lab is an investigation of how competition for natural resources affects population growth. Grow two species of Paramecium, compare growth curves, answer journal questions.

Food Chains/Webs

  • Energy Flow in Ecosystems: Shows how energy flows through a food chain between producers, consumers and decomposers. Includes a short quiz.

Predators and Prey

  • Predator-Prey Simulation: Examine predator and prey interactions, in this case, wolves and deer. Set three parameters for the predator: aggression, birth rate, and dependency upon prey as a food source. Then run a simulation to see how the populations change over time.

Symbiosis and Other Interactions:

This video on symbiosis is part of a TED-Ed lesson that includes questions and additional information. 

Nature Cycles:

  • Water Cycle: Interactive diagram with a multiple choice quiz.
  • Carbon Cycle: Travel the cycle with this interactive game. Click the "For Teachers" link for a related lesson plan and additional resources.
  • Carbon Cycle Investigation: A longer simulation activity in which sources of carbon, and human effects on the cycle are identified.
  • Nitrogen Cycle: Visualize the flow of nitrogen in the environment.

Photosynthesis and Respiration

  • Virtual Lab: A simulation investigating the effects of environmental conditions on photosynthesis.
  • Interactive Google Doc: 

Earth's Biomes:

  • Six Virtual Biomes: Description of plant and animal life in the major biomes and ecosystems.

Habitats and Ecosystems: 

  • DK Find Out: Interactive illustrations on plants and animals in different habitats. 

Biodiversity: 

  • Backyard Biodiversity: Kids search for animal life in microhabitats close to home. Involves observation, classification, and species mapping. Includes links to several citizen science projects.
  • Endangered Species Assignment: Using earthsendangered.com, create a graphic organizer comparing 4 endangered species from an area of the world.

Environmental Problems and Solutions

All About Cells
Category: Science
Tags: cell function cell pictures cell biology cell organelles cell kids science science websites life sciences

If you're doing life science with your middle schoolers this year, these sites can help:

Science-Class.netMany free science resources for elementary and middle-school grades. The section on cells features activities and labs, slideshows, games and quizzes, and links to interactives and other resources. 

 

Biology CornerAnother site with many lesson plans, worksheets and activities focusing on anatomy, biology and physics. The section on cells features lab activities, study guides, and interactive lessons.

Cells Are UsFree middle-school curriculum with five instructional units. More emphasis is placed on cell functions, (rather than structure), and includes activities.

Virtual Cell Tour: An interactive that explains parts of animal and plant cells.

Cells AliveInteractive illustrations of animal, plant and bacteria cells. View the site's BioCams to see cells growing. Downloadable worksheets are also available.

Cell Biology Slideshow: 242 slides

Chapter on Cells24 pages

Making Cell Models: Links to instructions for making cell models using all kinds of materials, including clay, Karo syrupjello, and more jello

Cell Download: Instructional slides from a teacher's site featuring information on cell theory, cell cycle, cellular respiration, cell similarities, cell structure and function.

Online Cell Games

CellCraft: Learn about how a cell functions while helping it survive in hostile environments.


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