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Standard 4

Students will understand the dynamics of the hydrosphere.
  • Brine Shrimp 1: Hatching Brine Shrimp
    Part one of a two-part lesson involving brine shrimp (see also Brine Shrimp Survival). What is the optimum salinity for hatching brine shrimp?
  • Brine Shrimp Survival
    Part two of two lessons involving brine shrimp (see also Hatching Brine Shrimp). In the first lesson, students determined optimum salinity for hatching brine shrimp. In this lesson, students raise brine shrimp, designing an artificial environment in which they can survive.
  • Coastal and Marine Geology Program
    Find such information such as coastal climates, pollution, erosion and more.
  • Earth and Space Science OER Textbook for Utah SEEd Standards
    The Utah Science Open Educational Resources (OER) textbook project was started to bring Utah teachers together to create a resource that aligns to Utah core science standards. The Utah Science OER textbooks are not intended to be curriculum as they do not include labs, assessments, or a teacher guide with answers. They are intended as a reference material for students with content to support teachers classroom instruction and help make sense of science concepts found in standards. This OER textbook is also available in other languages at
  • Environmental Education Center
    Information provided by the Environmental Protection agency including background information as well as curriculum resources and activities.
  • EPA: Wetlands
    Good starting place for information on the environmental issues surrounding wetlands.
  • EPA: Groundwater and Drinking Water
    Information about local water quality, drinking water quality, source water protection, and more.
  • EPA:Water
    From the EPA's high school section--educational resources for various water topics.
  • Models of the Water Cycle
    The purpose of this lesson is to develop an understanding of the cycling of water by building and evaluating two different physical models.
  • National Oceanographic Data Center
    This site disseminates information such as coastal water temperatures, waves, salinity, and sea levels. Also provides international data.
  • Ocean Tides
    From Physical Geography's online textbook and a chapter on the hydrosphere.
  • Oceans
    The purpose of this lesson is to obtain a better perception of earth's oceans and to understand earth's water cycle.
  • The Groundwater Foundation
    This site's purpose is to inform people about groundwater and the environment. See the Kids Corner for resources specific to students and teachers.
  • The Water Sourcebooks
    Water educational activities from the EPA.
  • There Is Something in the Water
    In this lesson students will learn about loosing wetlands for development as an issue facing the United States while viewing it from an economic perspective.
  • Water Filtration
    Learn all about the water filtration process and then make your own water filtration system!
  • Water Resources of the United States
    USGS provides data on national water conditions, water quality, and water uses.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Richard  Scott and see the Science - Secondary website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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