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Atmosphere

Chasing El Niño
El Niño is a term originally used to describe the warm surface current that usually appears every three to seven years in the Pacific Ocean...

Deadly Ascent
Draw a chart on the board that shows the relationship between altitude and atmospheric pressure...

Dimming the Sun
Ask students to explain what they know about global warming and global dimming. Review these climate phenomena with students...

Hunt for the Supertwister
Ask students how tornadoes, hurricanes, and high winds differ. What kind of severe weather have students experienced?...

NOVA scienceNOW: Capturing Carbon
Examine the structure of a leaf. Pair students and have them inspect leaves from different plants and trees

NOVA scienceNOW: Lightning
Tell the class that before people understood lightning to be a physical phenomenon, nearly every culture constructed myths to explain lightning and thunder...

Three Men and a Balloon
In this program, a team of adventurers plans to travel nonstop around the world in a balloon. However, predicting the exact route of a balloon is impossible...

What's Up with the Weather?
Everyone knows temperatures in the same locations vary from day to day and from season to season. However, the really important changes are not the daily weather variations...


Earthquakes

Day the Earth Shook, The
Discuss with students how they and their families would prepare for an earthquake. Ask them what events would likely occur during an earthquake...

Volcano's Deadly Warning
Ask students to compare and contrast volcanoes and earthquakes. What causes a volcano to erupt?...

Wave That Shook the World
Discuss with students what a tsunami is and how it can be created. Define epicenter...


Geology

Arctic Dinosaurs
Investigate how animals adapt to polar climates

Day the Earth Shook, The
Discuss with students how they and their families would prepare for an earthquake. Ask them what events would likely occur during an earthquake...

Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius
On a map of Italy, have students locate Mt. Vesuvius, Naples, and the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum...

Descent Into the Ice
Tell students that a glacier is a large mass of ice, air, water, and rock debris...

Garden of Eden
Have students locate the Seychelles on a world map or a globe and make some predictions about its climate based on its latitude...

Magnetic Storm
Demonstrate how magnetism is a property that can be changed. Drag a paper clip along a bar magnet 15 times so that the paper clip becomes magnetized...

Mountain of Ice
Have students name the seven continents and locate them on a map...

Mysterious Life of Caves
Ask students what they think it is like to do cave research. How much light might there be?...

Mystery of the Megaflood
Have students locate Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana on a U.S. map that displays landforms...

Mystery of the Megavolcano
List the following volcanoes on the board: Vesuvius (79 AD, buried Pompeii and Herculaneum); Tambora (1815, largest eruption in historic time)...

NOVA scienceNOW: Fastest Glacier
On a map, have students locate Greenland and Antarctica on the map. Tell them that Greenland's continental ice sheet contains the second largest amount of frozen freshwater in the world, after Antarctica...

Origins: Earth is Born
The universe is about 14 billion years old, while Earth is estimated to be about 4.6 billion years old. Homo sapiens evolved about 600,000 years ago. Have students calculate...

Volcano Under the City
Have students list and then share what they know about volcanoes. Where are volcanoes found? How are they formed? Do all volcanoes give off the same type of material?...

Volcano's Deadly Warning
Ask students to compare and contrast volcanoes and earthquakes. What causes a volcano to erupt?...

Volcanoes of the Deep
On a map of the floor of the Pacific Ocean, have students locate the Juan de Fuca Ridge. Review with students how the Earth's crust is made of tectonic plates that move...

Wave That Shook the World
Discuss with students what a tsunami is and how it can be created. Define epicenter...


Meteorology

Avalanche!
Avalanche researchers need to be concerned with a wide range of variables including the kind of snow that falls (such as light, dry, or wet)...

Chasing El Niño
El Niño is a term originally used to describe the warm surface current that usually appears every three to seven years in the Pacific Ocean...

Dimming the Sun
Ask students to explain what they know about global warming and global dimming. Review these climate phenomena with students...

Flood!
This program describes some of the meteorological and hydrological forces that can cause a flood. Before showing the program, review some of the terms...

Hunt for the Supertwister
Ask students how tornadoes, hurricanes, and high winds differ. What kind of severe weather have students experienced?...

Methuselah Tree
Ask students what they think the oldest living organism might be. An animal? A plant?...

Mountain of Ice
Have students name the seven continents and locate them on a map...

NOVA scienceNOW: Hurricanes
Called typhoons in the Western Pacific or tropical cyclones worldwide, hurricanes are destructive natural events that cause major loss of life and property. But what are they and how do they form?...

NOVA scienceNOW: Lightning
Tell the class that before people understood lightning to be a physical phenomenon, nearly every culture constructed myths to explain lightning and thunder...

NOVA scienceNOW: Stronger Hurricanes
Help students learn about hurricanes, the factors that contribute to them, and the role warmer sea surface temperatures may have on them...

Sinking City of Venice
Have students use a map to locate the lagoon of Venice, Italy. Tell students the lagoon meets the Adriatic Sea at three inlets...

Storm That Drowned a City
Have students locate New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico on a map. Then use a more detailed map of the city and point out Lake Pontchartrain, the Mississippi River, and the coastal wetlands...

Warnings from the Ice
One hazard scientists face when working in Antarctica is extreme cold. To simulate cold conditions, fill a bucket halfway with ice water...

What's Up with the Weather?
Everyone knows temperatures in the same locations vary from day to day and from season to season. However, the really important changes are not the daily weather variations...


Natural Disasters

Avalanche!
Avalanche researchers need to be concerned with a wide range of variables including the kind of snow that falls (such as light, dry, or wet)...

Chasing El Niño
El Niño is a term originally used to describe the warm surface current that usually appears every three to seven years in the Pacific Ocean...

Day the Earth Shook, The
Discuss with students how they and their families would prepare for an earthquake. Ask them what events would likely occur during an earthquake...

Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius
On a map of Italy, have students locate Mt. Vesuvius, Naples, and the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum...

Descent Into the Ice
Tell students that a glacier is a large mass of ice, air, water, and rock debris...

Fire Wars
Ask students what kind of fires they have seen or heard about. Have students brainstorm the similarities and differences between a structural fire and a wildland fire...

Flood!
This program describes some of the meteorological and hydrological forces that can cause a flood. Before showing the program, review some of the terms...

Hunt for the Supertwister
Ask students how tornadoes, hurricanes, and high winds differ. What kind of severe weather have students experienced?...

Mystery of the Megaflood
Have students locate Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana on a U.S. map that displays landforms...

Mystery of the Megavolcano
List the following volcanoes on the board: Vesuvius (79 AD, buried Pompeii and Herculaneum); Tambora (1815, largest eruption in historic time)...

NOVA scienceNOW: Hurricanes
Called typhoons in the Western Pacific or tropical cyclones worldwide, hurricanes are destructive natural events that cause major loss of life and property. But what are they and how do they form?...

NOVA scienceNOW: Stronger Hurricanes
Help students learn about hurricanes, the factors that contribute to them, and the role warmer sea surface temperatures may have on them...

Storm That Drowned a City
Have students locate New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico on a map. Then use a more detailed map of the city and point out Lake Pontchartrain, the Mississippi River, and the coastal wetlands...

Wave That Shook the World
Discuss with students what a tsunami is and how it can be created. Define epicenter...


Navigation

Arctic Passage
The Northwest Passage is the sea route linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans...

Lost at Sea -- The Search for Longitude
Review latitude and longitude with students. Have students select a few locations on a map or globe and identify them by latitude and longitude...

Shackleton's Voyage of Endurance
Have students locate Antarctica in an atlas and identify the following locations featured in the program...

Three Men and a Balloon
In this program, a team of adventurers plans to travel nonstop around the world in a balloon. However, predicting the exact route of a balloon is impossible...

Vanished!
Have students locate Buenos Aires and Santiago on a map of South America and trace Stardust's route between them over the Andes range. How high is the range in that area?...


Volcanoes

Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius
On a map of Italy, have students locate Mt. Vesuvius, Naples, and the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum...

Mystery of the Megavolcano
List the following volcanoes on the board: Vesuvius (79 AD, buried Pompeii and Herculaneum); Tambora (1815, largest eruption in historic time)...

Volcano Above the Clouds
Define the word "ecosystem" for your students...

Volcano Under the City
Have students list and then share what they know about volcanoes. Where are volcanoes found? How are they formed? Do all volcanoes give off the same type of material?...

Volcano's Deadly Warning
Ask students to compare and contrast volcanoes and earthquakes. What causes a volcano to erupt?...

Volcanoes of the Deep
On a map of the floor of the Pacific Ocean, have students locate the Juan de Fuca Ridge. Review with students how the Earth's crust is made of tectonic plates that move...


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