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Galapagos NASA
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The volcanic Galapagos Islands are great examples of Earth's formative activities. Use these images and links to introduce your students to the structure and history of the planet we all live on.

Surf from NOAA
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The force of the Ocean is obvious from this wave crashing on the intertidal shore. Look further into the Ocean's forces by studying currents, tides and the water cycle. Ask students what they know about the properties of water from observing the ocean.

Lightning from NOAA
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The earth's atmosphere is a mixture of nitrogen, oxygen, trace gases and water vapor. Ask you students how the properties of the atmosphere change at different elevations. See if they can predict the effects of mountains and oceans on weather patterns by looking at global weather maps.


The Whole Earth Curriculum

Down to Earth Sites EW curriculum guide for Earth Sciences
Teaching about the Big SHOWS

Teaching Tornadoes EW lesson planning article
Hurricane Watch EW lesson planning article
El Nino Forecasts EW lesson planning article
You Can Predict the Weather!

What's the Weather USAToday weather maps
Weather CAM Take a look anywhere outside with the weathercam
What's the weather on Mars? Reports from Stanford's Education site
What's Your Tide? Find Local Tide Data from NOAA