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Environmental, Earth and Space Science

  • Modeling a Comet in the Classroom Make an active comet model that’s guaranteed to grab your students’ attention. This demonstration models the nucleus of a comet using dry ice and a mixture of common ingredients found in comets. Not only does the model look like a comet, it gives off jets of vapor simulating the tail released by real comets. View »
  • Infographic - Ecology: The Study of the Place We Live Ecology is a non-linear science and it can be difficult for students to visualize the interactions. Use this infographic to start conversations in your class about the relationships of ecology. View »
  • Modeling River Delta Formation What effects does moving water have on land surfaces? Model the process of delta formation with a piece of gutter, sand, and a pan of water in this activity. Get the details. View »
  • Two Quick, Easy Ways to Collect Insects for Diversity Studies Get your students outside and engaged with the world around them. In this activity, we’ll look at 2 techniques that make collecting insects in the field quick and easy. Use one or both to collect insects from microenvironments around your school and then examine diversity using Shannon’s or Simpson’s diversity index. View »
  • Urban Stream Syndrome Urban streams often suffer from urban stream syndrome, which is characterized by changes in nutrient levels, hydrology, biodiversity, and other factors. In this activity, students learn how to identify streams that suffer from urban stream syndrome based on visual evidence. View »
  • Hints to Help Students Do Well on the AP* Environmental Science Exam The AP Environmental Science Exam went from 5,000 participants in 1998 to 100,600 in 2013. Find out some ways to improve your students’ exam scores. View »
  • AP® Environmental Science: Scientific and Technical Writing A good method for honing writing skills is to edit another’s work. This activity includes 2 AP® test question responses for students to rewrite. View »
  • Plate Tectonics Activity Here is a fascinating activity that will help you give your students a better understanding of Earth's structure and how it creates tectonic plate movement. View »
  • Teaching with Ecosystem Aquariums By creating and maintaining an aquarium ecosystem in the classroom, students can understand the web of relationships that link organisms to one another, and they can develop a growing sensitivity to living things and what they need to survive. View »
  • Determining the Age of a Star Use this activity as a student-based or teacher-led phenomenon for a unit on stellar evolution. Using an inexpensive spectroscope with wavelength units, students determine the visible spectrum for white light, hydrogen, helium, and a hydrogen/helium mixture. View »
  • Infographic - Chocolate: From the Tree to Your Tongue When it comes to treats, chocolate’s hard to beat. Do you know how it goes from a cacao bean to a bar? Discover the science behind the sweet stuff. View »
  • The Winkler Method Learn the chemistry of the Winkler Method while walking through the procedure to measure dissolved oxygen in this video. View »