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Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)

The DWEL collection offers K-12 and informal-education digital resources of high quality that are related to the science, policy, and economics of water. The collection is designed to facilitate learning about all aspects of water in the Earth system. The DWEL collection supports science-education standards and inquiry-based learning and has been created by a select and diverse group of practicing educators to ensure excellence and relevance to a wide range of learning environments. The collection favors resources that are well documented, easy to use, bug-free, motivational for learners, pedagogically effective, scientifically accurate, and that foster mastery of important scientific and mathematical understandings and technology skills.

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All About Glaciers
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This site has something for everyone, from glaciologists to grade school students. It explores nearly all aspects of glaciers and includes data and science, facts, a gallery, and a glossary.

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Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Richard Armstrong
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Aquarius: the World's Only Underwater Laboratory - Lessons (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)
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This is the education section of a larger site about the Aquarius underwater habitat in the Florida Keys. It includes classroom activities exploring concepts of buoyancy, pressure and light; a series of classroom activities exploring the biology of corals; and an on-line book about coral reef biology.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Textbook
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Date Added:
08/29/2001
Aquatic Habitats
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This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for grades 6-8. It focuses on aquatic habitats and how community wastewater-disposal methods can harm these habitats. Students research the harmful effects of wastewater as well as environmental techniques, then invite a guest speaker to class to discuss this subject and answer their questions. Included are objectives, materials, procedures, discussion questions, evaluation ideas, suggested readings, and vocabulary. There are videos available to order which complement this lesson, an audio-enhanced vocabulary list, and links to teaching tools for making custom quizzes, worksheets, puzzles and lesson plans.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Betsy Hedberg
Date Added:
10/31/2014
Aquatic Plants
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This site provides high level descriptions of aquatic plant life and excellent photos of common aquatic plants. Phytoplankton, macrophytes, fungi and lichens are also featured. While the text would be difficult for elementary children, a teacher could use this site for reference, and the photos would be of great interest to students.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
P. Hebert
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Bad Meteorology: Bad Clouds
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This site provides an explanation for cloud formation and seeks to correct myths or misconceptions about how clouds form. Water vapor, condensation, and evaporation are discussed in the context of dew-point temperature and saturation. Educators and anyone explaining cloud formation will find hints on how to present the correct information and avoid misinforming their audiences.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Alistair Fraser
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Build Your Own Comet
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In this classroom exercise, students will "build" a comet using representative materials. Learning outcomes, concepts, and a link to the comet "recipe" are provided. Safety tips, comet facts, and links to additional information are also included.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Date Added:
02/01/1996
Climate Change Kids Site
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Explore this site to learn about the science and impacts of climate change. The site also provides games that help students, their parents and their teachers learn about both the science of climate change and what actions they can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Game
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Reading
Simulation
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Comets - Teacher Page: Lesson Plan
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The purpose of this lesson is for students to explore the nature and composition of a comet. The student will select ingredients to create a comet and will learn to identify ingredients responsible for a comet nucleus, and how changes in the nucleus when the comet approaches the Sun cause two different kinds of tails to form. Students can explore some facts, myths, and legends linked to the appearance of comets throughout history. The site also contains a section on evaluation and assessment that is based upon what the students observed about comets in the "Make A Comet" activity. It challenges students to observe images of different comets and asks them to identify what type of tail or tails the comets are showing. There is also an extensive vocabulary list of associated terms.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Alex Storrs
Charlotte Jackson
Mildred Reagle
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Cracking Dams
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This is a comprehensive site that looks at many components of dams, including construction, destruction, and other issues. Access is organized into three levels by grade level. Information on cracks, case histories of the building and problems associated with some well known dams, and some real and imagined scenarios are included.

Subject:
Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Megann Polaha
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Des Moines Water Works
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Users can access information about educational programs and materials for teachers and students, including tours, traveling exhibits and presentations by the staff of the Des Moines Water Works. "Water Trunks", which contain water-related literature, books, science experiments, videos, games, CD-ROMs, hands-on activities, picture cards, career information, and a teacher resource book, are available to order. There are also links to other water websites, a teachers' newsletter and pollution prevention tips for classroom use and for the general public.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Date Added:
11/02/2001
EPA's Individual Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator
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The EPA has developed tools to help individuals reduce household greenhouse gas emissions. These tools are designed for individuals who want to take action and for businesses and organizations interested in reaching their employees and members about what they can do at home to help protect our climate. This is an online calculator tool that individuals can use to obtain an estimate of their household's greenhouse gas emissions.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Date Added:
01/31/2003
Effects of Water Pollution on Plants
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This is an inquiry activity that, while based on a local area (the San Francisco Bay), could be adapted to the teacher's/student's local area. Students perform an experiment in which they observe how water pollution is absorbed into plants. The site contains a teacher's guide and printable student worksheet.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Environmental Water Security: Lessons from the Southwestern U.S., Northwestern Mexico, and the Middle East
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This site is a US Global Change Research Program Seminar, dated 23 November 1998. It consists of a series or reports that help students to understand how water has been used to transform desert regions into productive and livable environments.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Space Science
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Date Added:
05/22/2002
Ephesus Municipal Water System Analysis
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This project examines the entire water system of an ancient city, including supply, distribution, use, and drainage. Until now, individual water system elements have been studied as archaeological objects, but infrequently subjected to analysis by such disciplines as fluids engineering and urban history. This work is part of two larger long-term studies, the first concerning the relationship between physical setting and urban growth in the Greco-Roman world, and the second a comparative study of Old and New World water management techniques in the pre-modern period.

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Charles Ortloff
Dora P. Crouch
Date Added:
12/05/1997
Everything Weather- Archived Data
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Users can obtain current weather forecasts for their own areas by entering a ZIP code, or they can access a large archive of historic data on severe weather (tornadoes, hail, high winds, hurricanes). Materials presented in the archive include dates, times, and intensities of storms, a photo gallery, maps, radar and other satellite data, storm chaser reports, and links to other weather sites. Raw data can be found in several forms for teachers wishing to have unprocessed data to work with.

Subject:
Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Date Added:
11/02/2001
Exploring the Environment: Water Quality
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This site presents two case studies regarding the Wheeling Creek area of West Virginia. The scenario asks students to research problems and come up with answers to a ficticious local water board's concerns over water quality in the watershed. The site provides students with extensive, yet easy to understand background information on the following topics: Importance of Water, Water Cycle, Hydrosphere, Forms of Pollution, and Methods for Monitoring. Graphs, charts, maps, and photos of the creek give students detailed information to help them in their investigations. The case study approach is a great way for students to explore all the issues affecting a watershed.

Subject:
Education
History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Date Added:
11/02/1999
The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners
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The materials available here were brought together by government agencies, universities, non-profit organizations, and businesses in an effort to make Earth Science information accessible to a broader community. The Federation was established to make this a reality by encouraging and establishing the use of best science practices in the production of high quality data, information, products and services. It also works to ensure that data and information is readily accessible and easily exchanged, which in turn leads to new types of integrated Earth Science data products. These data and educational products are available through this site for education and public use. Users can access datasets, educational resources (CD-ROMs, teachers' kits, online resources), imagery, and technological tools and software. Other resources include news articles, business listings, and links to related sites.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Freshwater Ecosystems (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)
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Segments on Rivers & Streams, Ponds & Lakes, and Wetlands provide information, photos, and graphics related to fresh water resources. The site provides information related to the geology and biology of these ecosystems and some information on technology as well. Each segment provides links to additional resources related to that topic. Students could readily use the site as a resource for independent learning or research, and educators could use the site to develop water-related activities.

Subject:
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Date Added:
11/02/2014
GLOBE 2003 Hydrology Chapter
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As part of the GLOBE program's 2003 Teacher's Guide, this site provides information and activities related to understanding hydrology. Sections featuring protocols and activities cover collecting water samples, conducting tests such as dissolved oxygen, conductivity and salinity, modeling a local watershed, comparing local water to global data, modeling water balance and looking at how water chemistry affects life. Instuctors will also find information on learning goals and student assessment.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Unit of Study
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Date Added:
03/28/2000
Geological Field Trips: Glaciers
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Students will utilize the Internet to take a virtual field trip to visit a glacier and discover what physical effects glaciers have on the land. They will also have the opportunity to virtually visit Vermont and trace the pictorial history of how a whale's fossils were found there. The site also contains a student worksheet for their visual field trip. The site also provides an explanation of the formation of fossils.

Subject:
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Author:
Frank Potter
Patti Zvanut
Date Added:
03/23/2000