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Complete Sun and Moon Data for One Day
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The phenomenon is the rising and setting times of the Sun and Moon for any chosen location on Earth, up to 82 degrees North or South latitude. The resource generates this data after the user inputs date and location. U.S. locations are identified by name, while worldwide locations may be identified by latitude and longitude, time zone or name.

Subject:
Education
Geoscience
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
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Internet Scout Project
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Evaporation: The Conversion of Water from a Liquid into a Gas
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This site, hosted by The University of Illinois, is devoted to explaining evaporation. The website uses a colorful image to aid explanation. These image, along with text, makes the site accessible for all audiences.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Examine the Phases of the Moon from Earth and Space
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This animation can be used to help students follow the phases of the moon and learn to distinguish between waxing and waning, crescent and gibbous, and first and third quarter moons. After learning to correlate these terms to the moon's appearance, they can watch the moon for a month and keep a record of their observations. Although the resource was designed to accompany a specific Earth science textbook, it can be used without that text.

Subject:
Education
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
NSDL Science Refreshers
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Author:
Jennifer Loomis, TERC
Exploring Earth, Visualization: Observe an animation showing growth of a continent
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The representation depicts convergent plate boundaries. The animation shows how continents can "grow" by accumulating crustal material along their edges at convergent boundaries. One can view the animation in full motion, or choose to view the animation in detail frame by frame.

Subject:
Education
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
SMARTR
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PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Author:
Jennifer Loomis
Jennifer Loomis, TERC
National Science Foundation
TERC
Exploring Earth: Visualization of Plate Boundary Processes
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These visualizations are animations of processes that occur along plate boundaries. The animations show plate interactions at transform boundaries, convergent boundaries and divergent boundaries.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
SMARTR
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
DLESE Community Collection
Author:
Jennifer Loomis
Jennifer Loomis, TERC
National Science Foundation
TERC
TERC, Center for Earth and Space Science Education
Forces Lab
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This set of online simulations shows the forces that may be at work on geologic structures or on man-made structures during an earthquake. Users can see examples of compression, tension, bending, and torsion. Each simulation also features a link to a photo of a real-life example.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
UCAR Staff
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Earthquake Education Environment (E3)
Plates on the Move
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This fun Web article is part of OLogy, where kids can collect virtual trading cards and create projects with them. Here, they learn about the Earth's outer shell and its constant movement. It begins with an overview that explains tectonic plates. There is an animation that shows recent earthquakes and their relationship to plate boundaries. Students can click to explore 12 individual volcanoes, mountains, hotspots, and earthquakes. For each of the geological formations or events, they will see a map that shows how the plates are moving, an animation about plate interaction, stats, and a story about that particular formation or event.

Subject:
Education
Geoscience
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
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American Museum of Natural History
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Resultant of Forces (Addition of Vectors)
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This java applet gives a visual representation of the addition of vectors. The user can choose to sum from two to five arbitrary vectors. The applet adds the vectors visually, moving each to the sum of the previous vectors. This is part of a large collection of physics applets available in a wide range of languages.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE Digital Library
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
Author:
Fendt, Walter
Walter Fendt
Understanding Plate Motions
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Read the Fine Print
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This interactive site uses illustrations and photographs along with text to explain the movement of tectonic plates and the result of this movement on the surface of the Earth. There is a detailed discussion of the movement at each of the four types of plate boundaries: divergent, convergent, transform, and plate boundary zones. Both lateral and vertical movements are depicted by maps and diagrams and resulting Earth structures are shown in photographs.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE Digital Library
Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle Schools (PRISMS)
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle School
DLESE Community Collection