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A Student Tries to Explain Why There Are Seashells on...
A Student Tries to Explain Why There Are Seashells on...

A student's reasonable misconception is compared to the current scientific consensus in interpreting the evidence for the formation of the Himalayas. View Video

A Volcanologist Dances on Lava
A Volcanologist Dances on Lava

On the Big Island of Hawaii, Volcanologist Dave Sherrod treads on the newest rock on the planet to show how quickly lava hardens when it emerges at the surface. View Video

An Analogy for the Effects of Temperature and Pressure...
An Analogy for the Effects of Temperature and Pressure...

Students in a playground act out an analogy for how temperature and pressure control the behavior of rocks in the Earth. View Video

Attend to Precision: Circumference and...
Attend to Precision: Circumference and...

Students select objects in the classroom and measure their circumference and diameter. View Video

Attend to Precision: Fraction Strips
Attend to Precision: Fraction Strips

Students explore fractions through a story, "fraction strips", and a game with a number cube. View Video

Attend to Precision: Fractions and Geoboards
Attend to Precision: Fractions and Geoboards

Working with geoboards helps students reach a better mathematical understanding of the concept of "half." View Video

Joseph Bruchac
Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac describes how his cultural heritage inspires and shapes his writing and storytelling. View Video

Octavia E. Butler
Octavia E. Butler

Octavia E. Butler describes how social, cultural, and political issues inspired her novel, Parable of the Sower. View Video

Cape Cod's Aquifers
Cape Cod's Aquifers

Students in Mashpee, Massachusetts create a model of the ground water systems in Cape Cod. View Video

Classroom Exploration of Flowing Solids
Classroom Exploration of Flowing Solids

Using hybrid fluid solid-liquid materials (such as Silly Putty®) in the classroom, students explore the concept of a flowing solid. View Video

Climate and Rate of Soil Formation
Climate and Rate of Soil Formation

Two soil profiles in Hawaii demonstrate how warmer temperatures and increased rainfall can contribute to rapid rates of soil formation. View Video

Construct Arguments: Fractions and Geoboards
Construct Arguments: Fractions and Geoboards

Geoboards help students move from imprecise understandings of "half" to more precise mathematical thinking about the concept. View Video

Construct Arguments: Ladybug Counting
Construct Arguments: Ladybug Counting

Students observe ladybugs and collect data in order to answer quantitative questions. They then compare and discuss answers as a class. View Video

Construct Arguments: Pumpkin Seeds
Construct Arguments: Pumpkin Seeds

In this lesson, students work in groups to discuss and revise their estimates of how many seeds are in a small pumpkin. View Video

Continental Drift
Continental Drift

The fact that the jigsaw-puzzle-like fit of the coastlines of Africa and South America looked as if they had been attached in the past gave rise to the theory of continental drift. View Video

Crater Visibility Compared on the Moon and...
Crater Visibility Compared on the Moon and...

Earth's active processes of erosion and plate tectonics help explain why craters on the Earth are less visible than on its nearest neighbor, the Moon. View Video

Christopher Paul Curtis
Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis discusses his writing process with middle grade students in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and answers questions about his novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963. View Video

Edwidge Danticat
Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat discusses the immigration experience and reflects upon why she writes about Haiti and Haitian Americans. View Video

Demo of Shield Volcanoes versus...
Demo of Shield Volcanoes versus...

A demonstration of viscosity and gas content of different types of magmas using chocolate syrup, mayonnaise, and seltzer water. View Video

Alma Flor Ada
Alma Flor Ada

Alma Flor Ada discusses her novel My Name Is María Isabel with students in Oakland, California, and offers insights into how they can use writing to inspire change. View Video

Following a Rock in a Stream
Following a Rock in a Stream

By following sediments moved from the mountains to the sea, a mountain stream illustrates the process of erosion. View Video

From Continental Drift to Tectonic Plates
From Continental Drift to Tectonic Plates

Ocean floor features reveal the signature of tectonic plates, large, sometimes continent-sized rigid structures in the Earth's crust that can move independently of each other. View Video

Keith Gilyard
Keith Gilyard

Keith Gilyard reads his poem, "The Hatmaker," and discusses his writing process with students in Sante Fe, New Mexico. View Video

Nikki Grimes
Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes shares her passion for poetry and discusses her process of writing with middle school students in Vista, California. View Video

Hawaii Is a Hot Spot Volcano
Hawaii Is a Hot Spot Volcano

The hot spot below Hawaii provides evidence for plate movement: as the Pacific Plate moves over the hot spot, it creates a string of islands. View Video

How Deep Does Soil Typically Go?
How Deep Does Soil Typically Go?

On average, soil only extends about one meter below the surface. Compared to the size of the Earth, soil is just a thin veneer on the surface. View Video

How Did Cape Cod Form? Part 1: Observing...
How Did Cape Cod Form? Part 1: Observing...

Part 1 of a three-part investigation into the sediments revealed at the ocean shore in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. View Video

How Did Cape Cod Form? Part 2: Evidence from Mountain...
How Did Cape Cod Form? Part 2: Evidence from Mountain...

Part 2 of a three-part investigation: ice flowing in the form of mountain glaciers is an important source of erosion in colder climates. View Video

How did Cape Cod form? Part 3: Continental...
How did Cape Cod form? Part 3: Continental...

Part 3 of a three-part investigation: over several episodes ending about 18,000 years ago, continental glaciers formed over much of North America. View Video

How Far Can We Drill? Temperature and Pressure in...
How Far Can We Drill? Temperature and Pressure in...

Extreme drill holes for research have only reached 14km below the surface—less than 0.2% of the distance to the other side. View Video

How Planets Form
How Planets Form

The various planets are thought to have formed from the solar nebula, the cloud of gas and dust left over from the Sun's formation. View Video

Lawson Fusao Inada
Lawson Fusao Inada

Lawson Fusao Inada meets with high school students at the Nikkei Legacy Center in Portland, Oregon, where he reads one of his poems and discusses living in a Japanese internment camp as a boy. View Video

Investigating Soil Composition
Investigating Soil Composition

By digging a pit in either Hawaii or Massachusetts, scientists learn about soil composition and how it is formed. View Video

Francisco Jiménez
Francisco Jiménez

Francisco Jiménez recounts growing up as a migrant worker in California and describes the ways in which his experiences have influenced his writing. View Video

Russell Leong
Russell Leong

Russell Leong talks with high school students in Los Angeles, California, about his experiences growing up in San Francisco's Chinatown, his love of poetry, and his writing process. View Video

Graciela Limón
Graciela Limón

Graciela Limón shares her Mexican American background with students in San Bernardino, California, and discusses her novel, Erased Faces. View Video

Ruthanne Lum McCunn
Ruthanne Lum McCunn

Ruthanne Lum McCunn discusses her biographical novel, A Thousand Pieces of Gold, and interest in the history of Chinese women in America with high school students in Portland, Oregon. View Video

Metamorphic Rocks...
Metamorphic Rocks...

Geologist Keith Klepeis explains how the extreme forces from a tectonic plate collision were enough to cause the folding and partial melting of the rocks on Lake Champlain. View Video

Metamorphic Rocks...
Metamorphic Rocks...

A rock outcrop on Lake Champlain has two adjacent rock sections: one horizontal, one vertical. Keith Klepeis investigates a potential cause. View Video

Metamorphic Rocks...
Metamorphic Rocks...

Keith Klepeis looks for possible sources of heat and pressure that could have deformed the outcropping at Clay Point in this continuing investigation. View Video

Minerals Are Composed of Elements
Minerals Are Composed of Elements

Minerals are made of elements, as is all matter. View Video

Modeling: Domino Math
Modeling: Domino Math

A teacher uses real dominos to help students explore properties of addition. The dominoes are a concrete representation of the lesson's mathematical ideas. View Video

Modeling: Story-Based Centers
Modeling: Story-Based Centers

A teacher uses one story to create eight story-based centers—places where students explore different aspects of the story, especially as it pertains to mathematical learning. View Video

Pat Mora
Pat Mora

Pat Mora reads her poem "Ode to Courage," and discusses her work with students in Sante Fe, New Mexico. View Video

Mountain Building: A Tug-of-War
Mountain Building: A Tug-of-War

Mountains are shaped by forces from below (plate tectonics) and forces at the surface (erosion). View Video

Mountains Are Formed by Plate Collision
Mountains Are Formed by Plate Collision

Two continental plates collide, creating heat and pressure that bend rock and create mountain ranges. View Video

Judith Ortiz Cofer
Judith Ortiz Cofer

Judith Ortiz Cofer discusses who inspired her to share her stories and then students in Vista, California respond personally to stories from Cofer's collection. View Video

Abiodun Oyewole
Abiodun Oyewole

Abiodun Oyewole explains why poetry is important today. He reads one of his poems and then listens as the students in Cathie Wright-Lewis's class read their poems to the class. View Video

Plants Help Create New Soil
Plants Help Create New Soil

Geologist Andy Kurtz describes how lichens and plants speed the process of soil accumulation. View Video

Problem Solving: Bubble Gum Contest
Problem Solving: Bubble Gum Contest

Students work on an activity where they gather data for a bubble gum contest. View Video

Problem Solving: Pencil Box Staining
Problem Solving: Pencil Box Staining

Students work on a project to build and stain wooden pencil boxes. This involves measuring and calculating the surface area of geometric shapes. View Video

Radiometric Dating of a Rock
Radiometric Dating of a Rock

How do geoscientists determine the approximate age of a rock? (example: Uranimum-235) View Video

Reasoning Abstractly and Quantitatively: Beans, Beans...
Reasoning Abstractly and Quantitatively: Beans, Beans...

Students use abstract and quantitative reasoning to estimate how many beans are in a bag. View Video

Reasoning Abstractly and Quantitatively: Dice...
Reasoning Abstractly and Quantitatively: Dice...

Students use abstract and quantitative reasoning to predict dice rolling. View Video

Reasoning: Cranberry Estimation
Reasoning: Cranberry Estimation

In this estimation lesson, students are asked to predict and record how many scoops of cranberries fit into a jar. View Video

Reasoning: What's the Price?
Reasoning: What's the Price?

Students use various problem-solving strategies to understand the cost of household items, as well as the partitive model of division. View Video

Ishmael Reed
Ishmael Reed

Ishmael Reed reads his poem "Railroad Bill" and discusses his work with high school students in San Francisco, California. View Video

Repeated Reasoning: Products and Sums
Repeated Reasoning: Products and Sums

In this lesson, students use array structures to reason and conjecture about relationships between sums and products. View Video

Repeated Reasoning: Products and Sums
Repeated Reasoning: Products and Sums

Students use array structures to reason about relationships between sums and products. Charts help them identify patterns. View Video

Repeated Reasoning: Valentine Exchange
Repeated Reasoning: Valentine Exchange

Students work to answer the question: "How many cards would be needed if all 24 students in the class were to exchange cards with each other?" View Video

Esmeralda Santiago
Esmeralda Santiago

Esmeralda Santiago discusses writing about culture, identity, and language, and reflects upon her life growing up as a Latina in Brooklyn, New York. View Video

Sedimentary Rock Formation
Sedimentary Rock Formation

One type of sedimentary rock is formed when materials such as gravel, sand, silt, and clay are deposited in new locations. View Video

Seismic Waves Tell Us About the Different Layers of the...
Seismic Waves Tell Us About the Different Layers of the...

Seismic waves produced by geological equipment or earthquakes can be used to probe the Earth's interior. View Video

Simulating Seismic Waves Part 1: A Fifth Grade Class...
Simulating Seismic Waves Part 1: A Fifth Grade Class...

Fifth grade students start an investigation into how sound waves (P and S waves) can be used to reveal the structure of the Earth. View Video

Simulating Seismic Waves Part 2: Students Experiment...
Simulating Seismic Waves Part 2: Students Experiment...

Second grade students do a classroom activity that simulates how seismic waves travel through solids and liquids in the Earth. View Video

Slow Flowing Solids Explain Tectonic Plate...
Slow Flowing Solids Explain Tectonic Plate...

Slow Flowing Solids Explain Tectonic Plate Movement View Video

Soil Formation...
Soil Formation...

On the Big Island of Hawaii, lava from volcanoes forms new rock. Physical and chemical processes contribute to the weathering of rock into sediment and soil. View Video

Solar System Formation
Solar System Formation

The solar system started to form when clouds of dust and gas collapsed, under the force of gravity, into a flat, spinning disk. View Video

Spreading and Subducting Can Move Continents
Spreading and Subducting Can Move Continents

The opening of the Atlantic Ocean between two tectonic plates at a spreading ridge separated the two continents. View Video

Spreading Ridge Volcanoes
Spreading Ridge Volcanoes

Spreading ridge volcanoes form in the deep sea where two plates are moving apart. View Video

Shirley Sterling
Shirley Sterling

Shirley Sterling shares her Native American heritage and discusses her autobiographical novel, My Name is Seepeetza, with students on the Skokomish Reservation. View Video

Strategic Tool Use: Domino Math
Strategic Tool Use: Domino Math

Students explore properties of addition using dominos. Both 3D and 2D tools provide concrete representations of the lesson's mathematical ideas. View Video

Strategic Tool Use: Pencil Box Staining
Strategic Tool Use: Pencil Box Staining

In this project, students work to build and stain wooden pencil boxes. This involves selecting the right tools to measure and calculate the surface area of geometric shapes. View Video

Strategic Tool Use: Windows, Dinos, and Ants
Strategic Tool Use: Windows, Dinos, and Ants

First-graders solve real-world measurement problems using standard and non-standard measuring tools. View Video

Subduction Zone Volcanoes
Subduction Zone Volcanoes

Subduction zones are where rock slides under less-dense rock. Magma, enriched with highly pressurized steam and CO2, rises to the surface under subduction boundaries, making volcanoes. View Video

The Age of the Appalachian Mountains
The Age of the Appalachian Mountains

The Appalachian Mountains are compared to the much higher, but younger, Himalayas. View Video

The Moon Was Formed From a Collision
The Moon Was Formed From a Collision

Scientists have proposed that the Moon was formed from a collision in the early solar system. View Video

The Role of Sand, Silt, and Clay Components in Soil...
The Role of Sand, Silt, and Clay Components in Soil...

Soil composition is important in determining its qualities such as flow rate, which can be demonstrated by pouring water through containers. View Video

Two Different Kinds of Volcanoes
Two Different Kinds of Volcanoes

Scientists Chuck Blay and Dave Sherrod compare Hawaiian volcanoes to Mt. Saint Helens. View Video

Types of Fossils
Types of Fossils

The formation of two types of fossils are shown and discussed: an imprint in a rock and minerals replacing the shells of dead organisms. View Video

Evangelina Vigil-Piñón
Evangelina Vigil-Piñón

Students develop research questions during their exploration of Tomás Rivera's ...y no se lo tragó la tierra ...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him and meet with Evangelina Vigil-Piñón, translator of the novel. View Video

Volcanic Gases
Volcanic Gases

The gases that make up our atmosphere were released during volcanic eruptions in both the past and present. View Video

Volcanoes—Sources and Types of Lava
Volcanoes—Sources and Types of Lava

Scientists describe how mantle rock melts into magma and how the more buoyant, liquid magma floats toward the Earth's surface. View Video

Where Does the Sediment on a Beach Come From?
Where Does the Sediment on a Beach Come From?

Sediment on a beach contributes to the vast continental shelf offshore over time, but this does not explain where the sediment came from. View Video

Why Do the Moon's Craters Have Similar...
Why Do the Moon's Craters Have Similar...

Why do craters on the Moon have similar shapes? A planetary scientist uses a ball thrown into sand to illustrate the reason. View Video

Laurence Yep
Laurence Yep

Laurence Yep describes his writing process and sheds light on his inspiration for writing science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. View Video


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