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How does a hurricane form?
In Recent North Carolina, page 5.3
Article from NASA explains the science behind hurricanes.
Format: article
Hurricane Floyd's lasting legacy
In Recent North Carolina, page 5.2
Article from NASA explains why Hurricane Floyd became such a costly and deadly storm.
Format: article
Recent North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore recent North Carolina (1975–present). Topics include politics, the economy, the environment, natural disasters, and increasing diversity.
Format: book (multiple pages)

Resources on the web

Antarctica: Scientific Journeys from McMurdo to the Pole
A multimedia website that uses such resources as webcasts, interactive maps, and video clips to document the journey of a team of explorers throughout Antarctica. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: The Exploratorium
Arctic Theme Page
Links to widely distributed data and information from research institutions throughout the world focused on the Arctic. Available information on the website includes relevant data, graphics, and forecasts, including historical perspectives and in-depth analyses. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
ASPIRE: Astrophysics Science Project Integrating Research and Education
Interactive science labs and lessons for teachers and students. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: University of Utah
BBC: Science and Nature
This large interactive site has a tremendous amount of information in subjects that range from the human body to space travel. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: BBC
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, is an exciting online professional development magazine for elementary teachers which features content-rich web sites, interactive videos, animations, articles written specifically for K-2 and 3-5 students that... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: The Ohio State University
Climate Kids
Want to play the Hurricane Name Game or learn how to make a barometer? The site includes activities, games, and educational resources on climate, hurricanes, tornadoes, weather trivia and more. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: South East Regional Climate Center
Drinking Water & Ground Water Kids' Stuff
Drinking Water & Ground Water Kids' Stuff is an United States Environmental Protection Agency website that provides students with activities, games, and experiments about drinking water and the water cycle.The games are divided into K-6... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Environmental Protection Agency
Exploring the Environment
Promotes science-literate and reflective students who are knowledgeable of the earth's processes and their responsibilities for stewardship using these instructional resources. Find activities and learning modules for coral reefs, global climate change, the... (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: NASA
Eye in the Sky
An investigation into the state of the planet from the point of view of satellites with text, video, and imagery exploring such topics as natural disasters, pollution, ozone, overpopulation, and war. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Geographic Society
Forces of Nature
Make your own volcano; set off an earthquake; create a hurricane; and cause your own tornado as you learn about all the forces of Mother Nature. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: National Geographic
FOSSWEB
Interactive science modules for K-2 and 3-6 focusing on topics such as weather, nutrition, animals, solar energy, and measurements. Interactive courses for middle school include the human brain, earth history, planetary science, and a lot more. Teacher registration... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: Lawrence Hall of Science at Berkeley
Franklin Institute Science Museum
For over 176 years, The Franklin Institute has been as much a part of the Philadelphia landscape as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. This is the on-line version of the museum. (Learn more)
Format: website/lesson plan
Provided by: The Franklin Institute Science Museum
Global Climate Change
Explore scientific data relating to the atmosphere, the oceans, the areas covered by ice and snow, and the living organisms. Get a sense of how scientists study natural phenomena, how researchers gather evidence, test theories, and come to conclusions. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Exploratorium
Global Warming Kids Site
Explore the concepts of the greenhouse effect, climate and weather, and global warming and why they are important. Learn what the climate system is and find out about the people who study it. And get a glimpse at how the climate has changed over the ages and... (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: EPA
The Globe Program
A primary and secondary school-based science and education program that involves students in authentic scientific activities. Students take scientifically valid measurements in the fields of atmosphere, hydrology, soils, and land cover, depending on what they... (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: National Center for Atmospheric Research
K-4 Earth Science Modules
Learn about weather, the environment and other natural science topics by playing these games. (Learn more)
Format: website/activity
Provided by: NASA
NASA Earth Observatory
This website sponsored by NASA from NASA. features current and evolvong information and resources about the condition and state of land, oceans, atmosphere, energy, and life on planet Earth. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: NASA