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Planet Water
Our species has had an enormous impact on the watery world. The big fish are disappearing, coastal waters are home to “dead zones,” and carbon dioxide is taking a toll on water as well as air. Yet there is still time to act. Nancy Knowlton of the National Museum of Natural History discusses some of our positive actions.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Plant Image Collection
Library of over 15,000 photographic images of plant species and plant habitats provided by the National Museum of Natural History’s Department of Botany. Intended for public and professional use.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Q?rius
Companion website of a new center for teens at Natural History. Includes videos of museums scientists at work, a database of images of fossils and artifacts, and such online activities as "Decoding Mars," "Reefs Unleased," and "Create Your Own Field Book."
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Root Words
Downloadable PDF activity sheet on which children unearth the meanings of words by looking at their common roots. They then find those roots in a word-search puzzle. Along the way, they learn amazing facts about soil, the home of the other kind of roots.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Sink or Float: Water and Design Solutions
People around the world are confronted with rising water, drought conditions, and increased weather extremes. Presenters from the Smithsonian's National Design Museum discuss the ways that designers are responding with innovative solutions—from floating houses to energy produced by ocean waves.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Video Conferences
Interactive videoconferences, 30 to 60 minutes, on topics related to SERC research including animals, plants, and ecology. Students participate in hands-on science demonstrations and interact with SERC staff.
Provider: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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Grade(s): All grades
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STOP for Science!
Online introduction to a NASA teaching program.The program is based on a set of posters that address such questions as "What is light?" and "Is the Earth really round?" The posters are availabe for ordering.
Provider: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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The Living Yamal
Researchers visit Siberia’s Yamal Penninsula to meet the Nenet people and to learn how the resource-rich area could be used for gas without disrupting this Native culture.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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The Nitrogen Problem: Causes and Remedies
Thomas Jordan of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center discusses ways that human activities have overloaded the supply of nitrogen to plants and algae in rivers, streams, and coastal waters. How big is the nitrogen problem? How can we fix it?
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12, General audience
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The Way of Water in the World
Lesson plan looking at global issues of water shortage and contamination. Students conduct Internet research and work in small groups to find solutions to these problems.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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