Oklahoma Weather

If you like the raw data, whether it is satellite (of many kinds), radar (doppler and reflective) this site has it without any ads or hoopla., They also link you to the same kind of info anywhere else in the nation.

There is a nice matrix of weather lessons at the lower left, called “Jetstream”.  I have reviewed that elsewhere in this blogsite; search for “weather”.

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/

Fossils of Oklahoma

Great explanations of fossils and of geology, with quality photos of many fossils. Some parts of this are good for stand-alone lessons.  Also a gallery of images, how a fossil is formed, more.

Hint:  Once you get there, click through the “Geological Ages” on the right to get the most out of this site.

http://commonfossilsofoklahoma.snomnh.ou.edu/

Minerals of Oklahoma

If you teach rocks then you teach minerals, right?  Here is a nice little site devoted to the minerals of Oklahoma.  It even has a county-by-county list of what and where you can find in each county.  You will need to know how to read legal descriptions though.  It’s only a few pages long and like many things on the internet you might want to just print it out.  There are also some good links and other information for rock and mineral collectors.

http://www.brightok.net/~rockman/index.htm is the mineral site.

http://homestead.org/NeilShelton/Legals/HowToReadLandDescriptions.htm is a site you can use to teach (or learn) how to read the legal descriptions.

Soils maps of Oklahoma

This may take you a little time the first time you use it, but if you are studying soils it is worth it; it takes basically four steps.   You can get a soils map by any size area of interest.  You can then modify, save or print your maps.  http://www.soils.usda.gov/survey/printed_surveys/state.asp?state=Oklahoma&abbr=OK

Free Geology Downloads – maps, time scale and much more.

We are fortunate here in Oklahoma to have the Oklahoma Geological Survey.  These fine folks present a tremendous amount of material, for free!  You will find maps of all kinds, and teaching ideas, and teaching materials.  The more time you spend exploring the site the more you will find.  I have found it even better to pay them a visit in person – they are on the north side of Norman, east of the airport.

Like most sites, the best place to begin is the tab labeled “outreach”.  The link below also takes you directly to  a page with lots of geology goodies.

They also have inexpensive materials, like a geology map of Oklahoma that is huge – it takes two bulletins boards in my classroom!

http://www.ogs.ou.edu/pubs.php

Weather Lessons from your National Weather Service

Pu-lease!  Not another wordfind or definitions exercise!  Nope, that is not what you will find on this site.  Nor will you find a list of links to links to (hopefully) lessons you can use.  What you will find is a number of packaged, free, ready-to-use lessons on many aspects of weather and oceanography.  There is also a nice matrix that breaks them into subjects and sub-subjects.  Some of the material is appropriate for early elementary and some of it can be used all the way into high school.  (Or you can use it yourself).

The only downside I have found is that there is no filter for grade level.  The good news is you’ve paid for it with your tax dollars so you can use it for free in any way you want.  They say so, right on the opening page.  So go explore the NWS.  Their education site is called “Jetstream”.   http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/jetstream/index.htm