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Earth Science

These individual objects are also available:

  • Dinosaur floor puzzle
  • Polar Dinosaurs 2008 Lecture DVD
  • Tracking Alaska’s Jurassic Dinosaurs DVD
 

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NEW! Ice Drifters Kit

Objects in Ice Drifters Kit.

Discover hands-on STEAM activities to bring sea ice science into your classroom!

This project-based kit focuses on UAF research with ice drifters and data collected about changes in Arctic sea ice. Students will learn about the engineering design process, sea ice, and climate. Activities can be stand-alone or part of a longer unit.

What’s in the Kit?

Engineering On Ice activity binder and USB
Ice Drifter Prototype object
Shorefast Ice poster
Engineering Design Process poster
Desk Lamp (1) activity material
100W bulbs (2) activity material
Digital thermometers (4) activity material
Infrared thermometers (2) activity material
Plastic tubs (2) activity material
Wood blocks (4) activity material
Safety glasses (2) activity material
Droppers (8) activity material
Clear cups (8) activity material
White plastic sheet (1) activity material
Plastic tubing (6 short, 2 long) activity material
Fabric pieces of different colors (10) activity material
Metal cans (2 silver, 2 black) activity material

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Arctic Science; Climate; Engineering Design Process; Ice Drifter; Sea Ice

 

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NEW! Magnet Kit

Objects in Magnet Kit.

Explore the properties of magnetism through demonstrations and experiments!

Investigate how magnets work, the principles behind magnetism and electricity, and Earth as a magnet through a series of experiments and demonstrations.

What’s in the Kit?

Magnetic Experiments 1- 9 Suggested activities
Materials included:
         
Experiment 1: 10 metal bars, 1 magnetic wand
          Experiment 2: various metallic objects, 1 magnetic wand
          Experiment 3: 1 magnetized plastic plate, 14 paper clips
          Experiment 4: 1 plastic face disk with iron fillings, 1 magnetic wand
          Experiment 5: 3 magnetic marbles
          Experiment 6: 1 domino magnet, 12 paper clips, piece of aluminum foil, paper, plastic, Styrofoam, cloth,
                                 cardboard, wood
          Experiment 7: 1 thin sheet of wood, 1 horseshoe magnet, 3 paper clips
          Experiment 8: 1 magna doodle
          Experiment 9: 28 magnet wands

Demonstrations 1-3 (magnetism review, magnetic field, world’s simplest motor) Suggested activities
Materials included:
          Demonstration 1: 1 horseshoe magnet, 2 bar and doughnut magnet sets with 4 magnets, 18 doughnut
                                       magnets, 2 bar magnets
          Demonstration 2: 1 flat iron filling bath, 1 horseshoe magnet, 1 3D magnetic box and bar
          Demonstration 3: 1 D battery, 1 plastic battery holder with 2 metal tabs, 1 magnet, 1 copper wire

Attract! Fast and Furious Fun with Magnets book
What Makes a Magnet? book
Electricity and Magnetism book

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Earth Science; Electricity; Magnets

 

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Fossils & Dinos Kit

Look at different types of fossils, learn how they are formed and make some of your own!

Touch a real Alaskan hadrosaur bone, learn about the work of a museum paleontologist, and use the timeline cord to grasp the scale of geologic time.

What’s in the Kit?

Timeline cord activity
Sedimentator activity (with teacher’s guide)
Fossilization collection object & activity
Fossil rubbing plates activity
Fossil stamps and “fossil dough” recipe activity
Plastic dinos and plants to use as stamps activity
Fossil, ammonite object
Fossil, bivalve (clam-like) object
Plaster jacketed dinosaur bone object
5 fossilized hadrosaur bones object
Dino track mold and cast object
Edmontosaurus fact sheet and coloring sheet activity
The Dinosaurs of Darkness book
Prehistoric Alaska book

Recommended grade levels: preK-12
Key words: Fossil; Dinosaur; Geologic Time

 

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Rocks & Minerals Kit

Using  observation skills and small tools, students will learn to describe and sort rocks and minerals.

Objects in Rocks & Minerals kit.

This kit is an introduction to the rock cycle and the science of geology. Specimens represent major mineral categories. 

What’s in the Kit?

75 rocks and minerals specimens
Magnet, penny, magnifier, streak plate objects
Describe and sort activity
Student observation sheet 
Identifying metamorphic rocks
Investigating the rock cycle
Identifying igneous rocks
Identifying sedimentary rocks
Rock and mineral study guide
Collection sheets

Recommended grade levels: 2-8
Key words: Rock and Mineral Identification; Rock Cycle; Earth Science; Geology

 

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Lesson plans and additional resources available from Alaska Resource Education.

Alaska Rock & Mineral Kit

Using their observation skills and small tools, students will learn to describe and sort rocks and minerals found in Alaska.

This kit is an introduction to the rock cycle and the science of geology. Specimens represent major mineral categories.

What’s in the Kit?

40 Alaska rocks and minerals objects
Mineral test kit  (magnets, nail, glass plate,  black & white unglazed porcelain tiles and a dropper bottle)
Rock and mineral study guide
Identifying metamorphic rocks
Investigating the rock cycle
Identifying igneous rocks
Identifying sedimentary rocks

“Describe & Sort” & My Mineral Test Observation Sheet activity
Teacher activity guide
Info sheets: plate tectonics, minerals in our environment, the rock cycle, origin of rocks
Collection sheets

Let's go Rock Collecting book

Recommended grade levels: 2-8
Key words: Rock and Mineral Identification; Rock Cycle; Earth Science; Geology

 

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