Earth & Space Sciences

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FOSS Air and Weather

The Air and Weather module consists of four sequential investigations, each designed to introduce concepts in earth science. The investigations provide opportunities for young students to explore the natural world by using simple tools to observe and monitor change. Grades 1 - 2

 

FOSS Earth Materials

The Earth Materials module consists of four sequential investigations dealing with observable characteristics of solid materials from the earth—rocks and minerals. The focus is on taking materials apart to find what they are made of and putting materials together to better understand their properties. The module introduces fundamental concepts in earth science and takes advantage of the students’ intrinsic interest in the subject matter and in the physical world around them. Grades 3 - 4

 

FOSS Landforms

The Landforms module consists of five investigations that introduce students to these fundamental concepts in earth science: change takes place when things interact; all things change over time; patterns of interaction and change are useful in explaining landforms. Students also learn about some of the tools and techniques used by cartographers and use them to depict landforms. Grades 5 - 6

 

FOSS Pebbles, Sand, and Silt

The Pebbles, Sand, and Silt module consists of four sequential investigations, each designed to introduce concepts in earth science. The investigations provide experiences that heighten students’ awareness of rocks as earth materials and natural resources. They will come to know rocks by many names and in a variety of sizes. Pebbles and sand are the same material—just different in size. Grades 1 - 2

 

FOSS Water

Water is the most important substance on Earth. Water dominates the surface of our planet, changes the face of the land, and defines life. These powerful, pervasive ideas are introduced here. The Water module consists of four investigations in which students explore properties of water, changes in water, interactions between water and other earth materials, and how humans use water. Grades 3 - 4

 

SCIS 3+ Life Cycles

Life Cycles unit covers Living Things, Seeds and Plants, Eggs to Animals, and Metamorphosis. Research-based, classroom tested unit is supported by the National Science Foundation. Grade 2

 

Sedimentary Rock Collection

Represents a Wide Range of Depositional Environments and Rock Textures. Use this set as a basic introduction to rocks formed from organic material or fragments of other rocks. The set is housed in a compartmented collection box and comes with an identification list. Contents: 12 numbered samples, 1" x 2". Rocks: chert, conglomerate, coquina, gypsum, limestone (2), sandstone (2), shale (2), siltstone, travertine.

 

Metamorphic Rock Collection

Perfect for Introductory Lessons on Metamorphic Rocks. Study textures, grain sizes, and other features altered by pressure, temperature, and other natural forces, characteristic of metamorphic rocks. The set is housed in a compartmented collection box and comes with an identification list. Contents: 12 numbered samples, 1"x 2". Rocks: gneiss (2), marble (2), quartzite, schist (3), serpentinite, slate (2), soapstone.

 

Igneous Rock Collection

Samples of Intrusive and Extrusive Igneous RocksProvide your students with an excellent introduction to the forces at work beneath the Earth’s crust. The set is housed in a compartmented collection box and includes an identification list.Contents: 12 numbered samples, 1" x 2". Rocks:basalt, diorite, gabbro, granite, obsidian, pegmatite, peridotite, pumice, rhyolite (2), scoria, syenite

 

Pangaea Puzzle Kit

This exciting inquiry-based kit explores how Alfred Wegener used evidence including fossilized flora and fauna, glacial scarring, mountain range locations, continent shape, and climatic changes to formulate the theory of continental drift. Using this kit, students or teachers position a set of continent-shaped magnets in their present-day locations on a magnet-receptive map board. Then, using the same evidence that was available during Wegener's time, students think critically to rearrange the continents. The 8-Station Kit is for a class of 32. Kit materials are reusable. 

 

Planet Earth DVD

With an unprecedented production budget of $25 million, and from the makers of Blue Planet: Seas of Life, comes the epic story of life on Earth. Five years in production, over 2,000 days in the field, using 40 cameramen filming across 200 locations, shot entirely in high definition, this is the ultimate portrait of our planet. A stunning television experience that captures rare action, impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet's best-loved, wildest and most elusive creatures. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers, this blockbuster series takes you on an unforgettable journey through the daily struggle for survival in Earth's most extreme habitats. Planet Earth takes you to places you have never seen before, to experience sights and sounds you may never experience anywhere else. 

 

Desktop Globe

With its classic style, antique charm, and comprehensive geographical details, the Forester 9-inch Diam. Tabletop Globe makes a fitting home or office accent for the history buff. This handsome globe features a gold plastic meridian and riser with a satin finish. A raised-relief surface offers clear notation of mountain ranges, while simple, easy-to-read text accurately notates thousands of place names. Land formations are set against antique parchment oceans, and feature muted, yet rich colors that denote countries, regions, states, and other current political borders. Finally, the globe is set in a beveled hardwood base with a walnut finish for a truly classic effect.