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Unit 1: Introduction to Earth Science

Chapter 1: The World of Earth Science

Chapter 2: Matter, Forces, and Energy

Chapter 3: Maps and Mapping

  • Ghost Map—A TED talk about John Snow's Ghost Map
  • Maps and Disease Control—A webpage at the Center for Disease Control that includes a map that monitors the seasonal spread of the flu virus
  • Orienteering—A website which teaches about orienteering
  • Geocaching—A scavenger-hunt-like activity using geographic coordinates; teaches the basics of geocaching
  • GIS and Haiti Earthquake (2010)—A National Geographic article about how GIS was instrumental in saving lives after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti
  • Drones and Dominion—A video showing how drones can be used to deliver life-saving medicine
  • Sample Washington DC Itinerarypdf document—A sample itinerary for Washington DC to be used in Lab 3C, The Best Vacation
  • Driverless Cars Rubricpdf document—A rubric for grading the Driverless Cars webquest on page 73

Unit 2: The Restless Earth

Chapter 4: Geology—The Earth Speaks

Chapter 5: The Changing Earth

Chapter 6: Earthquakes

  • Earthquake 101—A National Geographic video about earthquakes
  • Quake-Catcher Network—The Quake-Catcher Network website
  • Earthquake Montage—A National Geographic video with real-time earthquake footage
  • Real-Time Earthquakes(Lab Resource)—Worldwide earthquake data in near-real time to be used in Lab 6B, All Quiet?
  • Making Waves—Diagrams and instructions for demonstrating different types of seismic waves
  • Locating the Epicenter—An instructional video that walks you through the trilateration process to find the epicenter of an earthquake
  • Tectonic Plates—A KMZ file showing the arrangement of tectonic plates and classification of plate boundaries
  • Updated Tectonic Plates—The latest KMZ file of tectonic plates from USGS showing the arrangement of all tectonic plates and classification of plate boundaries (without labeling the plates)
  • Earthquake Magnitude—A description of how USGS determines earthquake magnitude
  • Liquefaction—A video cartoon explaining liquefaction, the process during earthquakes in which seemingly solid ground acts as a liquid
  • Liquefaction Demonstration—A video demonstration of  liquefaction
  • Parkfield Earthquake Experiment—Information on earthquake research from the best-recorded earthquake in history
  • Shake, Not Break Rubricpdf document—A rubric for grading the earthquake-resistant building designs in Lab 6C Shake, Not Break
  • M7+ Earthquakes—A Google Earth file that includes the location and summaries of all M7+ earthquakes from 2000 to 2015

Chapter 7: Mountains and Hills

Chapter 8: Volcanoes and Volcanism

Unit 3: Earth’s Rocky Materials

Chapter 9: Minerals and Ores

Chapter 10: Rocks

Chapter 11: Fossils

  • La Brea Tar Pits—A History Channel video about the La Brea Tar Pits
  • Fossilization—A YouTube video explaining the processes of fossilization
  • Champlain Beluga—The story of the discovery of a fossilized whale skeleton in the sediments of the Champlain Sea
  • iDINO II Project—The Creation Research Society's iDINO project webpage
  • Ötzi Webquest Rubricpdf document—A rubric for grading the Ötzi webquest on page 257
  • Chicxulub Impact—A YouTube video of a NASA test simulating collisions similar to the Chicxulub impact
  • Dead Sea Scrolls (Lab Resource)—A website with information about the Dead Sea Scrolls, their discovery, and their significance for use with Lab 11B, How Old Is It?
  • Coal Deposits Map—A clickable version of a coal deposits map similar to Figure 11-13 on pages 266–67 of the Student Text with accompanying legends and graphs
  • Deepwater Horizon—A video discussing the Deepwater Horizon disaster

Chapter 12: Weathering, Erosion, and Soils

Unit 4: The Water World

Chapter 13: Oceans and Seas

Chapter 14: Ocean Motions

Chapter 15: Ocean Exploration

Chapter 16: Surface Waters

Chapter 17: Groundwater

Unit 5: The Atmosphere

Chapter 18: Earth’s Atmosphere

Chapter 19: Weather

Chapter 20: Storms and Weather Prediction

  • Storm Prediction Center (NWS)—The  Storm Prediction Center (NWS) website
  • Weather Front—A video demonstration using water to show how a weather front occurs
  • Rain Shadow Effect—A YouTube video explaining the rain shadow effect
  • Doppler Effect—A YouTube video explaining the Doppler effect and Doppler radar
  • Doppler Effect Applet—An interactive applet about the Doppler effect
  • Doppler Radar—A YouTube video explaining the Doppler effect and Doppler radar
  • Thunderstorm Formation—The NOAA webpage explaining thunderstorms and thunderstorm formation
  • Lightning—The NOAA webpage explaining lightning and thunderstorm formation
  • Lightning Video—A National Geographic video about lightning
  • World Lightning Map—A real-time map of lightning strikes around the world
  • Tornado—A National Geographic article on tornadoes
  • Tornado Video—An TED Ed lesson on tornadoes
  • Storm Chaser—A webpage for Warren Faidley, a professional storm chaser
  • Last Days of a Storm Chaser—A National Geographic article, including video, highlighting the last days of Tim Samaras
  • Tornado History Database (Lab Resource)—An interactive, searchable database and map of tornadoes in the United States from 1950 to the present, to be used in Lab 20A, Tornado Chasing
  • Naming Hurricanes—The World Meteorological Organization’s recurring lists of names for hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones
  • Hurricane Hunters—The Hurricane Hunters webpage
  • Hurricane Hunters Video 1—A YouTube video showing hurricane hunters that focuses on data collection
  • Hurricane Hunters Video 2—A YouTube video showing hurricane hunters in action
  • NHC—The National Hurricane Center webpage
  • Severe Weather Response Rubricpdf document—A rubric for grading the Worldview Sleuthing Severe Weather Response webquest on page 495
  • Station Model Exercisepdf document—An activity to help students understand the vast information contained in a station model.
  • WPC—The Weather Prediction Center webpage of the NWS
  • Daily Synoptic Weather Map—The most current daily synoptic weather map on the NOAA website; includes an archive of previous maps
  • NEXRAD—The Weather Underground NEXRAD weather webpage
  • NWS—The National Weather Service website

Chapter 21: Climate and Climate Change

Unit 6: The Heavens

Chapter 22: The Sun, Moon, and Earth System

  • Stonehenge—The History Channel webpage about Stonehenge, including a video
  • Scale of the Sun and Earth—A Khan Academy lesson on the scale of the sun and the earth
  • Mixing Light—An interactive applet that allows you to mix colors of light
  • The Sun’s Atmosphere—A graph that illustrates the temperature of and the height above the sun’s surface for various parts of the sun’s atmosphere
  • Sunspots—A Science Channel video about sunspots
  • Solar Flare—A YouTube video of a solar flare from the Goddard Space Flight Center
  • CME—A YouTube video of a coronal mass ejection from the Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Equatorial Sundial Spreadsheetexcel document (Lab Resource)—A spreadsheet that will calculate hour angles on the basis of latitude, to be used in Lab 22A, The Giant Clock
  • Magnetic Declination (Lab Resource)—A website that reports magnetic declination for your area, to be used in Lab 22A, The Giant Clock
  • Lunar Originspdf document—A short paper highlighting some of the theories for lunar origins
  • Moon Dust and a Young Moon—A technical article on the Answers in Genesis website about moon dust and the age of the solar system
  • Lunar Rover—A YouTube video of the lunar rover driving on the moon during the Apollo 16 mission
  • Lunar Libration—A video of lunar libration, motion which allows slightly more than half the moon’s surface to be visible from Earth
  • Phases of the Moon—A CrashCourse video explaining the phases of the moon
  • Calendars—A NASA webpage on calendars and their history
  • Seasons—A video explaining what causes the seasons
  • Solar Eclipse—A YouTube time-lapse video of the August 2017 total solar eclipse
  • Lunar Eclipse—A video of a partial lunar eclipse from August 2017
  • Sun and Moon Data—The US Naval Observatory website that provides data on sunrises, sunsets, phases of the moon, eclipses, and other celestial data

Chapter 23: Our Solar System

Chapter 24: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

Chapter 25: Space Exploration

  • Arecibo Observatory—The Arecibo Observatory website for the radio telescope in Puerto Rico
  • Hubble Space Telescope—The Hubble telescope’s website, featuring a dazzling gallery of images
  • James Webb Space Telescope—The NASA mission webpage for the James Webb Space Telescope
  • Sputnik—The October 6, 1957, CBS News recording of the Sputnik 1 launch
  • Seven Minutes of Terror—A video about the Curiosity lander entry and landing procedure on Mars
  • Curiosity—The NASA mission webpage for the Mars Science Laboratory
  • Man on the Moon—Part of President Kennedy's address to Congress
  • We Choose to Go to the Moon—The full video of President John F. Kennedy's "We Choose to go to the Moon" speech
  • Project Mercury—The NASA mission webpage for Project Mercury
  • Project Gemini—The NASA mission webpage for Project Gemini
  • Project Apollo—The NASA mission webpage for Project Apollo
  • Lunar Landing—A YouTube video of the lunar landing by Apollo 11 July, 20th 1969
  • ISS—The NASA mission webpage for the International Space Station
  • Night Earth Orbit—A time-lapse video taken from the International Space Station of Earth’s surface at night
  • ISS Sighting—The NASA website that lists opportunities to see the ISS according to your location
  • SpaceX—The SpaceX website
  • Virgin Galactic—The Virgin Galactic website
  • Model Rocket Rubricpdf document (Lab Resource)—A rubric for grading Lab 25B, Liftoff!
  • NAR (Lab Resource)—The National Association of Rocketry website
  • ESTES (Lab Resource)—The Estes website, the most popular source of model rocket kits
  • Quest Aerospace (Lab Resource)—The Quest Aerospace website, a good source of model rocket kits
  • Aerotech (Lab Resource)—The AeroTech Consumer Aerospace website, a good source of model rocket kits

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