Explore the world of Earth Science

Name of Collection: Earth Science earth-from-space.gif School Name: Robert F. Wagner Middle School #167

Address: 220 East 76th Street New York, New York 10021

Phone: 212-535-8610 opt 5

Fax: 212-472-9385

Librarian: Ms. Conway gm2.gif

Librarian's e-mail: NConway@schools.nyc.gov

The topic of Earth Science is an extensive one. This pathfinder is designed to build students' knowledge of Earth Science concepts and raise their awareness of Earth Science as a system as of interconnected processes.

Questions for Inquiry:

What causes Climate?
How do wreathing, erosion, deposition, and landforms affect the earth?
How do Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics affect the Earth?
What is Mapping?
How do undersea earthquakes cause tsunmis?
How do size, shape and composition of earth?

What are Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect?
What are the different types of volcanoes?
What cause earthquakes?
How do under sea earthquakes cause tsunamis?
What are the Earth‘s layers?
What is the continental drift theory?
What are the differnent type of volcanoes?
What are the causes and effects of beach eroison?


Search Terms:

Our online catalog is only available in the LMC right now. You may access the catalogy with any of the pieces of information: keyword, subject, author, and titles.You may try the following search terms:

  • Geolog
  • Toporaghic/Map
  • Weathering
  • Crust
  • Atmospheres


Fossils, Weather, Coasts, Ecology, Earth Core, Earth Crust, Natural resources, Geodynamics, Earthquakes, Global Warming, Climatic Change, Climatology, Volcanoes, Rock, Tornadoes, Magnets.

Subject Headings:

Earth Science, Exploring Planet Earth, Mapping Earth's Surface, Minerals, Rocks, Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Earth’s Changing Surface, Earth's Waters, Solar System, Ocean.

nav_f_2_1.gifDewey Decimal Classification(s):

550’s Earth Science
550 Rock & Minerals
551 Weather
551 .51 Wind
551.48 Water Cycle
551 Geology, hydrology, meteorology
551.7 Geological History
552 Geology
554 Earth Sciences of Europe
555 Earth Sciences of Asia
556 Earth Sciences of Africa
557 Earth Sciences of North America
558 Earth Sciences of South America
559 Earth Sciences of other areas

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Calhoun, Yael. Earth science fair projects : using rocks, minerals, magnets, mud, and more. Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow,c2005.
Connolly, Sean. Earthquake. North Mankato, Minn: Smart Apple Media, 2005
Davis, Barbara J. Earth's core and crust. New York : Gareth Stevens Pub., 2007.
Dineen, Jacqueline. Hurricanes and typhoons -Natural disasters. Mankato, Minn.: Stargazer Books, 2005.
Edward J. Denecke. Let's review. Hauppauge NY: Barron's, 2006.
Gardner, Robert. Planet Earth science fair projects : using the moon, stars, beach balls, frisbees, and other far-out stuff. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow,2005.
Our amazing sun. Raleigh, NC : Rainbow Educational Media, 2004.
Parks, Peggy J. Global warming -The Lucent library of science and technology. San Diego : Lucent Books, 2004.
Phillip,W. Steele. Changing Coastlines. North Mankato: Smart Apple Media, 2005.
Walker, Jane. Earthquakes. Mankato, Minn.: Stargazer Books, 2005.


A student's guide to Earth science. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004. Discovery Channel School Science: Our Planet Earth. New York: Gareth Stevens Pub.2004.
Earth science: an illustrated guide to science
. New York: Chelsea House, 2006.
Krebs, Robert E., The basics of earth science. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.
Rae, Alison. Earthquakes and volcanoes New York: Smart Apple Media, 2006.

Magazine Articles:

@Your Library Periodicals:These magazines are available in our Media Center:

Science Scope

Science World

Popular Science


• Print:

• Online:

Databases: From our school website: http://www.wagner167.org/home.aspx Click on Library then click on Research Datatabases:

Science Resource Center


Web Sites:

NASA's Earth Science Enterprise is an initiative to advance Earth science.
Provides overview of strategies and vision of NASA's space science programmes. Includes science community outreach.

Web site features educational activities, geology questions and answers, and links to other geologic material.
The Global Change Master Directory is a comprehensive directory of information about Earth science data, including a broad coverage of global warming.
Atlas of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks, Minerals and Textures
Study Geology


Arctic & Antarctic . Wynnewood, PA : Schlessinger Media, 27 min. 577 DVD ARC

Climate & Seasons. Wynnewood, PA: Schlessinger Media, 2005, c1998. 23 min. 551.6 DVD CLI

Changes in weather. Chicago: SVE & Churchill Media, 2003. 24 min. 551.5 VHS CHA

Details of weather and climate. Chicago : CLEARVUE/eav, 2004, c1999. 20 min. 550 DVD DET

Discovering our Earth's Atmosphere. Ft. Collins : Scott Resources, CO 1989. 35 min. VHS 551.5 EAR

Earth. Chicago: New Dimension Media ,1990. 29 min VHS EAR

Earth's Atmosphere. Wynnewood, PA: Schlessinger Media, 2006. 23min 551.5 VHS EAR

Earthquakes and volcanoes. Brandon, Vt : Visual Learning Company, 2003. 22min. 551.2 VHS EAR

Earthquakes & volcanoes. Chicago: SVE & Churchill Media ,2004. 21 min .551 .2 DVD EAR

Earth, sun and moon. Brandon, Vt.: Visual Learning Company, 2003. 20 min. 520 VHS EAR

Eyewitness desert. New York : DK Vision ,2002 . 35 min. 577.54 VHS EYE

Eyewitness ocean. New York : DK Vision, 2002. 30 min. 577.7 VHS EYE

Floods, fronts and the water cycle. Chicago: New Dimension Media, 2003. 15 min. 551.48 VHS FLO

Fossil fuels Wynnewood. PA: Schlessinger Media, 2000. 23min. 553.2 VHS FOS

Fossils . Wynnewood, PA: Schlessinger Media, 2000. 23min. 560 VHS FOS




Community Resources:

Curriculum Standards Related to This Topic:

New York State Earth Science Standards:

STANDARD 4: Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.
Key Idea 1: The Earth and celestial phenomena can be described by principles of relative motion and perspective.
PERFORMANCE INDICATOR 1.1 Explain complex phenomena, such as tides, variations in day length, solar insolation, apparent motion of the planets, and annual traverse of the constellations.1.1b Nine planets move around the Sun in nearly circular orbits.Earth is orbited by one moon and many artificial satellites.1.1f Earth's changing position with regard to the Sun and the moon has noticeable effects.Earth revolves around the Sun with its rotational axis tilted at 23.5 degrees to a line perpendicular to the plane of its orbit, with the North Pole aligned with Polaris.Key Idea 2: Many of the phenomena that we observe on Earth involve interactions among components of air, water, and land.
PERFORMANCE INDICATOR 2.1 Use the concepts of density and heat energy to explain observations of weather patterns, seasonal changes, and the movements of Earth's plates.2.1d Weather variables are measured using instruments such as thermometers, barometers, psychrometers, precipitation gauges, anemometers, and wind vanes.2.1h Atmospheric moisture, temperature and pressure distributions; jet streams, wind; air masses and frontal boundaries; and the movement of cyclonic systems and associated tornadoes, thunderstorms, and hurricanes occur in observable patterns. Loss of property, personal injury, and loss of life can be reduced by effective emergency preparedness.2.1i Seasonal changes can be explained using concepts of density and heat energy. These changes include the shifting of global temperature zones, the shifting of planetary wind and ocean current patterns, the occurrence of monsoons, hurricanes, flooding, and severe weather.2.1k The outward transfer of Earth's internal heat drives convective circulation in the mantle that moves the lithospheric plates comprising Earth's surface.2.1l The lithosphere consists of separate plates that ride on the more fluid asthenosphere and move slowly in relationship to one another, creating convergent, divergent, and transform plate boundaries. These motions indicate Earth is a dynamic geologic system.These plate boundaries are the sites of most earthquakes, volcanoes, and young mountain ranges.2.1n Many of Earth's surface features such as mid-ocean ridges/rifts, trenches/subduction zones/island arcs, mountain ranges (folded, faulted, and volcanic), hot spots, and the magnetic and age patterns in surface bedrock are a consequence of forces associated with plate motion and interaction.2.1o Plate motions have resulted in global changes in geography, climate, and the patterns of organic evolution.2.1r Climate variations, structure, and characteristics of bedrock influence the development of landscape features including mountains, plateaus, plains, valleys, ridges, escarpments, and stream drainage patterns.
PERFORMANCE INDICATOR 2.2** Explain how incoming solar radiation, ocean currents, and land masses affect weather and climate.2.2a Insolation (solar radiation) heats Earth's surface and atmosphere unequally due to variations in:the intensity caused by differences in atmospheric transparency and angle of incidence which vary with time of day, latitude, and seasonduration, which varies with seasons and latitude.2.2b The transfer of heat energy within the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and Earth's surface occurs as the result of radiation, convection, and conduction.Heating of Earth's surface and atmosphere by the Sun drives convection within the atmosphere and oceans, producing winds and ocean currents.2.2c A location's climate is influenced by latitude, proximity to large bodies of water, ocean currents, prevailing winds, vegetative cover, elevation, and mountain ranges.2.2d Temperature and precipitation patterns are altered by:natural events such as El Niño and volcanic eruptions

*An asterisk next to material indicates that it is recommended in this subject area but not available in this CCD collection.