VolcanoWorld is an outstanding resource for any earth science classroom interested in learning about volcanoes. This website contains real-time volcano information including an interactive clickable map of active volcanoes world-wide and remote sensing satellite images. Topics covered at VolcanoWorld include how volcanoes work, submarine volcanoes, planetary volcanoes, career information on becoming a volcanologist, volcanic parks and monuments, and volcano exploration on the moon, Mars and Venus. It contains an area where students can post experiments the building of a variety of different types of volcanoes. Teachers can also download a collection of interactive HyperStudio lessons on volcanoes.
Geophysical Data Center
University of California Museum of Paleontology http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/
USGS National Earthquake Information
Himalayas: Where Earth Meets
A Gem of a
The GLOBE (Global learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program is a world-wide network of students, teachers and scienctists engaged in a tele-collaboration project to do meaningful real-life science. In the GLOBE Program, students make environmental observations and report their data findings on the internet. Scientists use the students' data to formulate amospheric models and provide feedback to the students. The measurements conducted by the students include air temperature, cloud observations, precipitation, surface water temperature and pH, soil moisture, biometrics, land cover assessment, and species identification. Students also share findings and communicate with other students using e-mail from the web site. GLOBE includes excellent descriptions of equipment and procedures for data acquisition and a user-friendly searchable data archive. The unique aspect of the GLOBE Program is that students are interactive partners with scientists.
Weather Underground: TropicaL Weather
Weather Underground: Tropical is an excellent resource for teachers wishing to incorporate the study of tropical weather into their curriculum. This web site contains a variety of weather maps including satellite image maps, surface maps, and contour maps. This web site also provides information on past hurricanes.
Hurricane Tracking from the University of Maryland keeps you in touch with the latest data from the hurricane planes during storms.
Weather Online was developed by the Weather Network. This site is a good informational site for students to use for researching concepts related to weather or as supplementary material for a weather unit. The main areas of this site are Tropical Weather, Local Weather, Expert Weather, Weather Tools, Weather Q & A, and Weatherboy Online. The two areas that would be most informative for students are the Local Weather and the Weatherboy Online. The Local Weather allows students to get weather information for any area in the United States. The information includes 4-day forecasts, satellite images, precipication, and radar images. Also, there is an area called Dr. Dewpoint, where questions can be answered. This area also incorporates math (algebra) concepts such as calculating wind chill or making temperature conversions. Weatherboy Online is another good place for students to visit. Weatherboy is an animated character that explains the how's and why's of weather.
99 Hurricane Central
In addition to storm tracking, this site contains numerous photos and movies. There are also some Shockwave animations of tornadoes, lightning, and hurricanes. Finally, the site contains discussion forums and chat areas on many severe weather related topics.
Hunters Home Page
The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the Hurricane Hunters of the Air Force Reserve, is the only Department of Defense organization flying into tropical storms and hurricanes on a routine basis. Lots of cool pictures and neat information here. Contains information on careers related to severe weather.
This project investigates key weather processes and phenomena associated with a potent winter storm. Good inquiry activity.
Online Guide to Meteorology
Online Guide to Meteorology is a website developed by the Covis group at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. This site was developed to be an interactive learning site for students. The following topics are included in modules, which explain the basic concepts of meteorology: TDP ARchives, Atmospheric Pressure, Atmospheric Optics, Cloud Catalogue, El Nino, Forces and Winds, Guides to Fronts, Hurricanes, Guide to Weather Maps, Land Sea Breezes-Lake Effect Snow, Severe Storm Spotters Guide, Severe Weather Outbreaks from April 19, 1996, Units for Elementary School Kids, and Other Instructional Resources. These modules provide an excellent area for students to research certain aspects of weather. These modules explain the basic concepts of weather and provide diagrams that will be helpful for students in understanding weather. This site also has project ideas and other resources that would be helpful to teachers in planning weather units. Some areas of this site are in the process of being updated, moved or still being developed and may be hard to access. Teachers need to preview this site before using it with the students, in order to be familar with what areas are difficult to access. This will decrease the frustration students may have.
Online - WeatherCenter
This Raleigh, NC station provides weather information that would be useful for students in North Carolina and around the United States. It is also possible to chat with a meteorologist.
The At CNN's weather web sit, students can find weather forecasts for across the US or across the world. Weather maps are also available for any area in the world. A storm center is also available for up-to-date information on current storms or to learn about past storms. Students can also find current news stories on any current major weather situations.
The Guide to
Weather Maps and
This site is a part of the Online Guide to Meteorology Website developed by the Covis group at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. A guide to reading weather maps is available here. It explains the meaning of symbols most often found on weather maps. A little exploring is necessary on this site to find all the information. The features covered are Coorinated Universal Time (UTC), Temperature conversions, Surface observation symbols, Surface Contours, and upper level observation symbols.
This site allows students to track past hurricanes with given data. Also, weather maps, photos, videos, a storm guide, and current weathernews stories can be found here.
Wind and Sea - An
Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Internet
Theme Page: Accessing Distributed Information Related to El Niño
NOVA On-line El Niño
NOAA's NHC Hurricane
National Severe Storms Laboratory's
NOAA's Severe Weather
The Tornado Project
Today's Tornado Information
Tornadoes - from the Why
WW2010 Hurricanes module
Midlatitude Cyclones scaffolding activity
Weather - Annenberg/CPB
Project Athena contains science curriculum lesson plans that use remote sensing data, QuickTime movies, and data sets containing current scientific information relating to oceans, the atmosphere, earth resources, and space/astronomy. These lesson plans are for teaching scientific concepts to students of all ages. This web site serves as a good model for developing lessons plans using Internet science resources. The lesson plans at Project Athena include hands-on activities and projects to do in the classroom for a variety of science curricular topics. Examples include using drifter buoy data to learn how oceanographers measure the ocean currents using spreadsheets and graphs of data plots, describing and tracking actual hurricanes using quicktime movies and satellite image maps, and comparing the weather in your city with "live cams" placed all over the country. Each of the lesson plans contains many topic-related resource links on the WWW.
One Sky, Many
NASA Earth Science Enterprise
For Kids Only
Earth System Science
NASA Classroom of the
USGS Water Science for
Teacher-Developed Earth and Space Science Lessons and Classroom Activities
WW2010 El Niño Instructional Module