Earth Sciences

Stars and Constellations
Through the eras, when people have looked at the sky they have devised ways to understand and organize what they see. This fascinating Web site explains the origins of the constellations and provides guides for viewing the stars.

Learning from the Fossil Record
The University of California, Berkeley, offers K-12 teachers information on how scientists use fossil evidence to reconstruct the past. It also offers ideas about using paleontology to teach the scientific process. Included are a National Science Standards Matrix, a collection of classroom activities, a geologic time scale, and much more.

Oceans Alive!
Most of the earth's surface is covered by water. Students can learn all about how the oceans formed, who lives in them, and who studies them when they visit this Boston Museum of Science Web site.

Virtual Solar System @
This excellent Web site brings you up close to the planets. Rich in pictures and information, students will find it an invaluable resource.

HubbleSite - News Center
NASA provides a wealth of resources for educators. This database helps you pinpoint Web sites, lesson plans, and handouts that will be useful to you. The resources can be searched by topic, by grade, and by keyword.

Why do earthquakes happen? How do scientists track them? What steps can people take to deal with safety issues? This Web site from the Tech Museum of Innovation explores those questions.

Great Plant Escape Teacher's Guide
This is an all-encompassing site on plants that is both teacher and student friendly. The University of Illinois Extension has created a fantastic set of plant “mysteries” for students to solve. Each of the lessons in this program is interdisciplinary, designed to introduce students to plant science and increase their understanding of how foods grow. Activities enhance students' math, science, language arts, social studies, music, and art. You have many options in this program. Choose any or all of the suggested activities for your class. Many activities call for students to work independently, and some are for group work.

Everything you need to know about planting a spring garden with children is on this inviting site from Texas A&M University. In addition to information about school gardens, you'll find a cornucopia of projects ranging from pressing flowers to making a worm bin to singing a song about mud.

U.S. EPA Environmental Explorers' Club
The Explorers' Club of the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency provides an accessible, friendly Web link for Our Earth. Sections on Air, Water, Plants & Animals, You and Your Environment, and Garbage & Recycling each contain a mix of activities, games, and informational pages. In the Science Room, Game Room, and Art Room, the focus is on fun.

Dan's WILD WILD Weather Page
Alabama Meteorologist Dan Satterfield explains why tornadoes happen, how forecasting works, and much more on this site devoted to dramatic weather.

FEMA for KIDS: Herman's Beach Search and Help Page
This site includes stories and activities to help prevent or prepare for natural disasters. Also included is information on what causes disasters.

Exhibits Collection — Garbage
This site demonstrates what actually happens to the solid waste and sewage produced by individuals and industries around the world. It is based on the PBS series Race to Save the Planet, funded by the Annenberg/CPB Projects.

Composting in Schools
This Web site gives information about composting in schools. There are ideas for student research projects, a teacher's page, and even a compost quiz.

The Nine Planets
The Nine Planets has a comprehensive and highly praised overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, and most provide references to additional related information.

Amazing Space
At Amazing Space, your students will find fun Web-based activities that let them explore the universe. Teachers will find printable resources for use in the classroom.

Charlotte the Vermont Whale
This site tells the intriguing story of glaciers over North America, inland seas disappearing, and whale bones in a farmer's field. Focused questions and answers guide you through the discovery of Charlotte's remains in 1849 and offer thorough explanations of how she came to rest so far from the ocean. This site also presents an insight into the art and science of America's early natural historians.

Great Lakes Information Network
At the Great Lakes Information Network, you'll learn about the lakes' ecosystems, natural interrelationships, and the impact people have had upon this important freshwater system.

HubbleSite - News Center - News Archive
This Web site showcases the latest photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope, together with the telescope's “Greatest Hits” between 1990 and 1995. Each photograph is paired with a text description and a high-resolution version for detailed viewing.

Apollo 13
At Apollo 13 you will follow the astronauts and ground staff as they work to bring the damaged spacecraft home to Earth, four days after one of the Command Module's oxygen tanks exploded. You'll also see photographs of the astronauts, the Lunar Module, the damaged Command Module, and movies from critical points in the mission.

Ocean Planet: Underwater Flyby
Your underwater tour of the Pacific Ocean starts in space. Pass through the atmosphere, splash down into the ocean near Hawaii, zoom by Japan, and then navigate the underwater depths of the Marianas Trench, the ocean's deepest point. The three dimensional contours presented in Undersea Flyby use real data about the ocean floor. Undersea Flyby is one part of the Smithsonian Museum's Ocean Planet display and provides an exciting look at what it must be like to dive to the bottom of the ocean.

PSC Meteorology Program Cloud Boutique
Created by Plymouth State College's Meteorology program, the Cloud Boutique Web site shows you pictures and descriptions of every type of cloud. Very quickly, you'll be able to identify the clouds in your own sky.

StarChild: A Learning Center for Young Astronomers
From our solar system to the far reaches of the universe, the StarChild Web site provides interesting information about outer space and space exploration. Read about the latest discoveries made by astronomers, as well as the accomplishments of astronauts—from trips to the Moon to building and working in space stations orbiting Earth. If you get stuck on a scientific word, use the StarChild glossary to look it up.