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Unit 1: The Earth Around Us

Lesson 1: The Solar System

Demonstrate knowledge of the earth and its relationship to the sun and the other planets and the effecty of gravitation, solar heating, and the earth's rotation.


The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System - an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information.

Welcome to the Planets - is a collection of many of the best images from NASA's planetary exploration program.

The Sky - an exploration site on space, dedicated to Carl Sagan, with a wonderful gallery of photos and great astronomy resources.

Scale of the Universe - site that allows you to view and compare the relative sizes of objects in the universe from the smallest subparticles to the largest galaxies... New Mar 2012

Astronomy Picture of the Day - each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured at the NASA website, along with a brief explanation. The site also features an archive which contains every daily picture posted since 1995.

Lesson 2: Weather

Identify the planets, the relationship between the sun, earth and
moon, the seasons and the earth's magnetism

Predicting the Weather - Six lesson for students which emphasizes common data they are used to on most local TV weather maps. Lessons cover isobars, isotherms, fronts, weather prediction, weather patterns and weather proverbs. Allows students to practice making weather maps and practice predicting the weather for the next few days across the country.

Weather Series - the Oklahoma Climatology Survey provides reference materials and teacher guides for classroom lessons. Topics include the seasons, cloud formation, precipitation, radiation, high and low pressure systems and weather fronts.

Lesson 3: Life on Earth

Identify and describe how animals and plants live on earth and their relationship to each other in the chain of life.

Aliens Explore Earth - discussion of vaious topics related to ecosystems including biomes, succession, photosynthesis, food chains, natural cycles, population, species, and life processes.

North American Biomes - information on many different biomes including desert, grasslands, tundra, rainforest, deciduous forest, and coniferous forest. Includes several activities for students.

Earth's Ozone Layer

Food Chains - discusssion of food chain, decomposer food chains, food pyramids and food webs and how each involves the transfer of energy

Along the Food Chain - a Webquest found on the Riverdeep website requires students to research websites to find the answers to a series of questions

Where Does the Water Go? - the website is loaded with information about water including the phases of the Water Cycle, the importance of water, and the steps in the traditional water treatment process. It includes an experiment to simulate the water cycle and several links to sourcs of information about water. NEW Jan 2015

Water Cycle - contains many additional links to sites that help students learn about the water and the water cycle.

Water Cycle - site provides review materials, lesson plans, and experiments from the Safe Stars site to help students to understand the water cycle.

Exploring Ecosystems - a virtual field trip by Riverdeep which leads students to explore ecosystems

Build a Prairie - this interactive site allows students to experience the components of a short grass or long grass prairie ecosystem by making choices about the development of the prairie.

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