Resources That Support The 
Earth/Environmental Science Requirement For North Carolina Schools

Compiled By Mary Watson
N. C. Geological Survey


        On September 4, 1997, the State Board of Education amended North Carolinaís high school graduation requirement to require that the third year of science become an earth/environmental science requirement.  This requirement became effective for the freshman class of 2000.
        Project Earth Science of the North Carolina Geological Survey collects, reviews and publishes information about educational materials concerning Earth Science.  A prime purpose is to assist with the implementation of the new Science and Earth/Environmental Science curricula.


        All of the items in this list of resource materials have been reviewed and correlated to the new Department of Public Instructionís Science Standard Course of Study and Grade Level Competencies, K-12, effective in the 2000 academic year.  For grades 9-12, items in this guide are correlated to the new Earth/Environmental Science curriculum, unless otherwise specified.  Some items are correlated to the Social Studies and Biology curricula.
       Full versions of these curricula can be viewed at  This list also contains several resource sites that are not correlated (these are listed at the end of the document).

        All items have been reviewed by a geologist and checked for accuracy and the applicability of their scientific concepts.  The author has focused on quality material resources of low cost.  In fact, most items are free; the remainder are offered at low cost.
        This list of resources includes educational resources available from the N. C. Geological Survey, World Wide Web sites, teaching packets with activities, publications, CD-ROMs, maps and posters, and governmental agencies.  Other items include videos, 35-mm slide sets, and educational sites of geologic interest.
       Use the resources in the classroom to make learning about earth science fun for yourself and your pupils.  Most items contain hot links that connect you immediately to the source, allowing you to preview, print or download the item.  This allows you to easily and quickly assemble reference collections that can be used to supplement textbooks.  You can also use these resources to explore and become more comfortable with the earth sciences.
       This document is arranged by grade level, but you can use your computerís search function to find key topics such as rocks, volcanoes, and groundwater.


Primary School  (Grades K through 5)

Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5

 Middle School (Grades 6 through 8)

Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8

High School (Grades 9 through 12)

Resource Agencies and Organizations
    (Not Correlated)

 Helpful Resources for Grades K through 12
    (Not Correlated)

Sigrid Ballew, DENR Asheville Region Office, prepared the layout. Lisa Carter and Ben Taylor provided technical editorial reviews. Jeff Reid made the document Internet ready.

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