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This video demonstrates students locating and preparing a study site where they can conduct field observations. The procedure used when describing a soil profile is outlined. The properties of soil are described, including the structure, color,... (View More)

This video provides step-by-step instructions for collecting soil samples in the field, and for analyzing and storing soil samples in the lab. Procedures for determining the bulk density, particle density, particle size distribution, fertility, and... (View More)

This video describes how to select a soil moisture study site and sampling strategy, and identifies what laboratory instruments will be needed to complete a soil moisture analysis. Students are shown collecting soil moisture data and asking... (View More)

This video describes how to select a soil temperature study site, and demonstrates the procedure students use when taking soil temperature measurements in the field. The resource includes a video and a written transcript, and is supported by the... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

This is a lesson about characteristics necessary for life. Learners will identify the top candidates for life in the solar system by examining Habitability Cards, which discuss each planet and the six large moons in terms of water temperature,... (View More)

This is a lesson about organisms living under extreme conditions on Earth serving as analogs for extraterrestrial life. Learners will play a card game to create a set by matching an extremophile, an extreme habitat on Earth, and an extraterrestrial... (View More)

In this activity, learners will explore the question, What is the chance that we are the only life in the universe? They determine what we need to know to predict the chances of extraterrestrial life. They then make estimates of the number of worlds... (View More)

This is a lesson about science as a human endeavor. Learners will use a diverse collection of profiles of people who work on the Cassini–Huygens mission to learn about science as a human endeavor and to reflect on their own career goals and... (View More)

Keywords: Careers
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

Images, charts and text aligned to the Students' Cloud Observations Online (S'COOL) project are presented on this PDF version of a two-sided classroom poster. S'COOL engages students in making and reporting ground truth observations of clouds then... (View More)

Using the reflection seen in the bowl of a spoon as an example, this resource describes how an everyday childhood observation can lead to understanding how curved mirrors are used in telescopes and satellite dishes. This resource is from PUMAS -... (View More)