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Content, tools, and lesson ideas for grades Six through Eight in Land, Sea, and Space.
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NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Nears Mountain-Base Outcrop

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Nears Mountain-Base Outcrop | Middle School Earth Science | Scoop.it
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has just crossed one stretch of rocks hazardous to its wheels and may soon reach rocks different from any it has examined so far.
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coming upon a major boundary crossing.

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The Life Cycle of Stars

Explains how we believe stars are born, live and die and the different ends to different sized stars. Learn even more on Teaching Astronomy on iop.org: http:...
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Use this for my 6th Grade Astronomy Unit. Excellent survey to start us off.

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Landforms

Landforms are the natural shapes, or features on Earth. Landforms are shaped by earthquakes, volcanic activity, and the movement of tectonic plates. They are...
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Good survey video to introduce my landforms unit.

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NASA Wavelength Digital Library

NASA Wavelength Digital Library | Middle School Earth Science | Scoop.it
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deep and rich; I anticipate that this site will be worth any cycles I spend investigating it.

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Solar System Exploration: Home Page

Solar System Exploration: Home Page | Middle School Earth Science | Scoop.it
We are NASA's Planetary Science Division. Our hardworking robots explore the planets and more on the wild frontiers of our solar system.
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Very accessible content on our Solar System as well as individual planets. Facts & Figures, suggested reading material, and videos.

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The Structure and Movement of the Deep Earth

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The dynamic motion of the Earth’s interior helps shape its surface — and ultimately makes life on the planet possible. What type of heat transfer does the Earth's Outer Core demonstrate?

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Minerals: They’re Elementary! | Science Features

Minerals: They’re Elementary! | Science Features | Middle School Earth Science | Scoop.it

Minerals are elementary to your everyday life, come find out how! Find these elements on the Periodic Table using pTable.com!

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Magnifying the Universe

Magnifying the Universe | Middle School Earth Science | Scoop.it

This interactive infographic accurately illustrates the scale of over 100 items within the observable universe ranging from galaxies to insects, nebulae and stars to molecules and atoms. Fun new toy!

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World’s Oil and Gas Endowment | Science Features

World’s Oil and Gas Endowment | Science Features | Middle School Earth Science | Scoop.it

The USGS released a new world estimate for conventional oil and gas resources. If the U.S. consumes 18 million barrels per day, how many days is this? How many years?

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What is a perigean spring tide?

What is a perigean spring tide? | Middle School Earth Science | Scoop.it

A perigean Spring Tide occurs when the Moon is either new or full and closest to Earth.

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A Landscape in a Hand Sample: "Of Fire" - Scientific American (blog)

A Landscape in a Hand Sample: "Of Fire" - Scientific American (blog) | Middle School Earth Science | Scoop.it
Scientific American (blog)A Landscape in a Hand Sample: "Of Fire"Scientific American (blog)Besides, understanding the basic rock types is essential for geology.
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How the Moon Affects the Date of Easter

How the Moon Affects the Date of Easter | Middle School Earth Science | Scoop.it
The moon cycle helps determine the date of Easter, which is a complicated process.
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The Violent, Mysterious Dynamics of Star Formation | DiscoverMagazine.com

The Violent, Mysterious Dynamics of Star Formation | DiscoverMagazine.com | Middle School Earth Science | Scoop.it
Lighting up the universe is a rough-and-tumble business.
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I'm using this material, that I found on a link from Scientific American, in my unit on Astronomy this semester. 

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Models of the Solar System - Earth, Sun and Moon

Explore the science behind our solar system, and how astronomers are exploring its boundaries. Learn even more on Teaching Astronomy on iop.org: http://www.i...
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An excellent combination of astronomy, history, and the Nature of Science!  I'm starting my Astromony Unit with this one.

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Space Math @ NASA

Space Math @ NASA | Middle School Earth Science | Scoop.it
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authentic math problems for middle school through high school based on NASA missions and astronomical data. Challenging: great for accelerating some students. 

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NASA Spacecraft Embarks on Historic Journey Into Interstellar Space

NASA Spacecraft Embarks on Historic Journey Into Interstellar Space | Middle School Earth Science | Scoop.it
NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space.
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V'Ger!

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Clouds and Climate

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At any moment, about 60 percent of the earth is covered by clouds, which have a huge influence on the climate. How do clouds affect the climate?

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Dynamic Periodic Table

Dynamic Periodic Table | Middle School Earth Science | Scoop.it

Interactive Web 2.0 periodic table with dynamic layouts showing names, electrons, oxidation, trend visualization, orbitals, isotopes, search. Full descriptions. Very thorough and easy to use!

Question: What's your favorite element and why?

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Bathymetry Data Viewer | ngdc.noaa.gov

Bathymetry Data Viewer | ngdc.noaa.gov | Middle School Earth Science | Scoop.it

Interesting new tool from NOAA... If you follow this link, you will see an interactive map of the planet with several layers of data to work with.

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The Southern Ocean’s Role in Carbon Exchange During the Last Deglaciation

Changes in the upwelling and degassing of carbon from the Southern Ocean form one of the leading hypotheses for the cause of glacial-interglacial changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide.

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