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NASA’s Climate Kids: Galleries of Change
NASA’s Climate Kids presents eight galleries that show rapidly changing climate conditions on our planet. This visual tool gives individuals the chance to explore climate change by highlighting key areas such as weather and climate, fresh water, air, oceans, energy sources, plants and animals, and technology.

eBook Reach for the Stars
"Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn" is a free eBook that can be downloaded from the iBook store, and is aimed at a Middle School audience but is appropriate for many ages. The eBook takes advantage of all the accessibility features (such as VoiceOver) available on an iPad to convince children with disabilities that they too can be seen pushing the barriers of science. Tactile overlays are available to help visually impaired people to explore graphs and Hubble Space Telescope images. Supplemental material has been designed for educators - and in particular for educators of children with disabilities - to show how to take full advantage of these eBook capabilities.

Explore Earth Science ‘Big Ideas’ in Videos, Classroom Activities
AGI offers award-winning videos and related classroom activities to help students, educators, and others explore the "big ideas" of Earth science, and has added dozens of additional activities selected specifically to help educators teach about core concepts of Earth science.

Lunar Eclipse Resources
On October 8, the full Moon will pass through Earth’s shadow, producing a total lunar eclipse visible for a portion of North America, and a partial lunar eclipse for all of North America. Lunar eclipses are perfectly safe to view, and an exciting family event. LPI has assembled information and a variety of links with information, multimedia, and activities.

Earth Science Week Online Toolkit
The updated Earth Science Week Online Toolkit includes 76 lessons, posters, fact sheets, and other materials, each offered in both English and Spanish. Materials provide users with introductory information on Earth science, as well as in-depth items on earth, water, air, and life science.