CEOAS Recommended Virtual Resources for K-12 Earth and Environmental Sciences

Spring 2020

The list below provides some ideas from Oregon State University College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences for families to learn about Earth sciences together at home.

Some of these resources include outdoor ideas* to keep our bodies and minds fresh in this challenging time! Not sure if it’s okay to go outside right now? Check out this graphic on social distancing in outdoor spaces from National Recreation and Parks Associationand visit only during quiet times. Respect posted park and open space closures.

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Virtual Exploration

Explore OSU’s New Research Vessel Regional Class Research Vessel (RCRV) website hosts webcams, videos, and 3D renderings of the new RCRV and its construction.

Watch OSU Earth Science in Action CEOAS YouTube Channel showcases videos of CEOAS research on glaciers, ocean, climate change, mapping, rocks, and much, much more.

Virtually Visit Oregon Tidepools Oregon State Parks Tidepools webpage has virtual tours, videos, and blog posts about this unique intertidal zone, or take a virtual visit with Jane Lubchenco and Oregon Field Guide.

Listen to Earth Science Podcasts Science Friday Earth Science Podcasts.

Explore the World with Interactive Maps NASA and National Geographic provide colorful and informative interactive maps of global processes.

Explore Earth and Space with virtual tours, apps, videos, podcasts, lesson plans and more from NASA at Home.

Apps for Mobile Devices

*Collect Important Data Around Your Neighborhood GLOBE Observer Citizen Science App relies heavily on your photos to collect data about clouds, mosquito habitat and land cover.

*What Kind of Rock is This? Get cool maps and explore ordinary everyday rocks with ROCKD App.

*Identify and Record Plants, Animals, Birds and Natural Phenomena for a higher purpose with National Geographic Citizen Science Apps.

*Help Create Awesome Maps with the online crowdsourcing mapping project USGS TNMCorpsHelp.

Explore Fun and Educational Online Apps with these rated lists from Common Sense Media about geography, Earth science, ocean creatures, and *outdoor adventures.

Lesson Plans and Activities

Join CEOAS Researchers for AltaSea Live Chats, for an opportunity to talk with (or watch recordings of) scientists from around the nation about their work in the ocean.  Check out their lesson plans geared toward families during the COVID crisis and other learning resources while you’re there! 

Explore the Ocean through a Research Vessel with geology and oceanography lesson plans associated with the launching of the new OSU RCRV research ship.

Introduce Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences to your K-6th grader with these OSU CEOAS Suitcase Lessons, developed by researchers in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

Access Mini-Lessons about the Atmosphere, Biosphere, Cryosphere, Hydrosphere and the Earth System with My NASA Data.       Via en español

Investigate the Bering Glacier with OSU Researchers and middle school science teachers through eMapR.

Explore Graphs, Maps, and Datasets to enrich your students’ observations and inferences using My NASA Data Literacy Cubes.

Dig into a Rainbow of STEM Topics with these OSU SMILE lesson plans for grades 4-12.

Learn about Ocean Sciences and Test your Knowledge using the resources available for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (click on the “learn” tab).

Explore Planets and Spacethrough a super accessible set of activities for elementary-aged kids with NASA Space Place.

Investigate the Science of our Changing Climate with NOAA lesson plans and interactive maps.

Contribute to Global Efforts by collecting data and participating in the scientific process with GLOBE (click on “Do GLOBE” tab for experiments and activities).    Via en español

Dive Deep into Earth Sciences with lesson plans from American Geosciences Institute Earth Sciences Week.

Explore STEAM Subjects with an online curriculum based around citizen science from STEAM Squad for grades 5-8.

Learn How Satellites are Used to Monitor Ice with NASA ICESat-2 and Paige, its penguin friend.

Explore Oregon with an Atlas and accompanying lesson plans designed specifically for elementary and middle school students with Portland State University’s Student Atlas of Oregon.      ​​​​​​​Via en español

Dig Deep into Geography with these Math and Geography Activities from Portland State University.