Science Center Units (Grade 5 - 6 Earth Science): Unit Resources
READ THIS- Multimedia Info** LEARN 360: Access Learn360 via OCM BOCES's MediaConnect at mediaconnect.cnyric.org (username and password required - see your media/library specialist). First, log into MediaConnect then click on LEARN360. Leaving the web page open, return to this page and use the link to access the resource or copy/paste the shortcut. You cannot log directly into LEARN 360. Vital NY: Thisis a free resource located at http://vitalny.pbslearningmedia.org available to educators. Clicking the link should access the resource. DVD: Listed DVDs can be obtained through MediaConnect’s physical collection (mediaconnect.cnyric.org) Professional Development (PD): These are resources that have been identified as sources of background information for the classroom teacher related to the content topic or a specific related skill. Teachers may choose to share this resource or parts of it with their students as they may deem beneficial.
Tips, Hints and FYIs Some schools (districts) have adopted an Earth Science focus for their Gr. 6 Science. For schools whose Gr. 6 classrooms are focusing on Earth Science, we suggest combining the Gr. 5 and Gr. 6 Astronomy units for their Astronomy study.
Web Site: Cosmos 4 Kids , Site Map - Universe, Galaxies, Stars, Solar System, Space Exploration, Activities (contains "Quizes" which can be used as pre-assessments, and graphics related to each topic listed as "Wallpapers")
PD Websites Web Site: Space Place- links to activities, interactive games (probably all "off-site")
VITAL NY: Erosion and Weathering (images with text) - You will need to Download, Unzip and view in Google Chrome (Adobe Flash).
Tips, Hints and FYIs Web Site: Mining Education, Caterpillar Corp.- Caterpillar Corp. has made this video available (either on-line or as a DVD) and has built some lesson activities around the topic of mining, minerals, ... As a stand alone video, it is very well done with good content about: mining, mining and the environment, our dependency on mined materials.The lesson plans for "Ages 11 - 13: Geology" would provide some good extensions for the Rocks and Minerals unit.
Web Site: American Geosciences Institute -
The education part of the AGI web site has content information that is written for K - 5 teachers. Related content on Fossils, Weather, Water, Rocks, Soil, and Climate. It has access to a very large collection of related graphics via the "Earth Science World Image Bank" (for just the right photo to start off that lesson), some activities that could be extensions to the unit and "Earth Science Images" for each topic which are collections of images in PDF or Power Point formats.
PD Multimedia Learn 360: The Changing Earth - the first section of the video focuses on the dynamics of the Earth's "crustal motion" [start to 19:00], and weathering/landforms [19:00 to 23:40]. From 23:40 to the end the video focuses on the rock cycle and rock types.
Web Site: S'cool (NASA) - technology integration
The S'COOL Project involves students in real science, making and reporting ground truth observations of clouds to assist in the validation of NASA's CERES satellite instruments. Teachers are welcome to register with the S'COOL project to join their students with others around the world who are learning about clouds.
Web Site: Univ. of Illinois - Meterology - a collection of web-based instructional modules that use multimedia technology and the dynamic capabilities of the web. These resources incorporate text, colorful diagrams, animations, computer simulations, audio and video to introduce fundamental concepts in the atmospheric sciences. The target audience for the Online Meteorology Guide is high school and undergraduate level students. However, these resources have been used by instructors throughout K-12, undergraduate and graduate level education.
PD Multimedia Learn 360: Weather - this video discusses and shows visualizations of the topics: cloud formation, relative humidity, fog, dew and frost, air masses, weather fronts.