Supports National Science Education Standards (NSES): 5-8:Unifying Concepts and Processes Standards:Evidence, models, and explanation
Supports National Science Education Standards (NSES): 5-8:Content Standard C Life Science Standards:Population and ecosystems
Supports National Science Education Standards (NSES): 5-8:Content Standard D Earth and Space Science Standards:Structure of the earth system
Supports National Science Education Standards (NSES): 5-8:Content Standard F Science in Personal and Social Perspectives Standards:Populations, resources, and environments
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AbstractThis resource will help students to distinguish between wetland types. They will discover that coastal wetlands include salt marshes and tidal brackish marshes while inland wetlands consist of freshwater marshes, wet meadows, forested swamps, shrub swamps, bogs, fens, and vernal pools. A Guide to Wetland Wildlife in New England Regional Wetland "Celebrities" is included. This site is part of a guide that aims to help students get to know the complexities of wetlands, discover wildlife, enjoy the experience of being outdoors, and learn how necessary wetlands are to the health of our environment. Even though the site is about wetlands in New England for educators and their middle school students it suggests ways to study wetland characteristics, why wetlands are important, and how students and teachers can help protect a local wetland. An associated set of activities is also available. Educational levels: Middle school
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PALS - Performance Assessment Links in Science1999-01PALS is an on-line, standards-based, continually updated resource bank of science performance assessment tasks indexed via the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and various other standards frameworks. The tasks, collected from numerous sources, include student directions and response forms, administration procedures, scoring rubrics, examples of student work, and technical quality data calculated from field testing. On-line rater training packets have also been created for some tasks. PALS is supported by a grant from the Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education (ESIE) Division (Grant #: ESI-9730651) of the National Science Foundation. Educational levels: High school, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, Primary elementary
NASA Earth Observatory: Biomes (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) website allows students to investigate biomes and then test their knowledge by completing missions. The site provides basic data about each biome such as temperature, precipitation, vegetation, location, description and links. Biomes discussed include coniferous forest, temperate deciduous forest, desert, grassland, rainforest, shrubland and tundra. The two missions (available at beginner and advanced levels) are designed to teach students about the relationship between temperature and precipitation and plants in biomes. A teacher resource guide provides details about goals, expected outcomes, extension ideas, and hands-on activities. Educational levels: High school, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, Primary elementary
Earth Update ActivitiesCarolyn Sumners; Patricia Reiff (2000-01-01)This site provides earth science student activities in PDF format, organized by grade level and national science and math objectives. Most of the activities use the data or images from Earth Update (available on the web or using the "Earth Update" CD-Rom). Activities include both inquiry-based and guided data exploration. Educational levels: High school, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, Undergraduate lower division