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How can the ice core evidence for climate change be explained? This activity is an opportunity to show how a complex scientific topic can be used in the classroom to show how science depends upon evidence and interpretation.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 2003
Students examine the issue of global warming. They calculate how much carbon dioxide all the machines they use produce in one day.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This demonstration uses a water balloon to show how Earth's oceans are absorbing most of the heat being trapped on our warming world.
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Learn about the role of greenhouse gases in climate change with resources from the NLM's Environmental Health Student Portal. The greenhouse gases web page provides basic information for middle level students about greenhouse gases and the human activities that increase them, links to news articles...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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You and your fellow players are the leaders -- citizens, policymakers, business leaders, nonprofit leaders, and researchers -- of a coastal city. Your job is to make smart decisions that will increase the city's resilience to climate change. This Beat the Uncertainty activity includes instructions,...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this activity, students will be able to: compare and contrast weather and climate; predict the effects of climate change on life.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 2015
The purpose of these activities is to introduce students to the factors that contribute to desertification and solutions that have been implemented in the Sahel region of West Africa, corresponding with the video Farming the Desert from the series EARTH A New Wild. The lesson includes an in-depth...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The greenhouse effect is the name scientists use to describe how heat accumulates in Earth's atmosphere. A majority of the energy from the Sun arrives at Earth as visible radiation. This energy passes through our atmosphere and warms Earth's surface. The warmed surface re-emits invisible infrared...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Heat islands result when people alter their surroundings, substituting man-made asphalt roads, tar roofs, and other features for vegetation. Trees and other plants provide shade and cool the air through evapotranspiration. Hard, dark surfaces like pavement store heat during the day. That heat is...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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"What is sea-level rise and how does it affect us? This """"""""Teachable Moment"""""""" looks at the science behind sea-level rise and offers lessons and tools for teaching students about this important climate topic."
Grade Level   5
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Published in 2016
artist and scientist Jill Pelto combines art with scientific data to raise awareness about climate change. By enlivening data with illustration, she tells a story about the effects of many climate factors, from ice cap melting to decreasing ability for fish to properly navigate. In this exercise,...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Students are introduced to the concept of air quality by investigating the composition, properties, atmospheric layers, and everyday importance of air. They explore the sources and effects of visible and invisible air pollution. Looking at models and mas, they explore the consequences of pollutant...
Grade Level   4 5 6
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On our ever-changing Earth, conditions may change quickly or slowly. Some changes come from natural processes; some from human activity. Satellites allow us to see conditions and track changes over time — in land use, forest health, land/water interface, and so on. Since 1972, Landsat...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Atmospheric scientists study weather processes, the global dynamics of climate, solar radiation and its effects, and the role of atmospheric chemistry in ozone depletion, climate change, and pollution. They observe what's going on in our atmosphere today and compare it to records from years past. To...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Why is CO2 increasing in the atmosphere? Who is doing it? Many people think that CO2 is “pollution-” so that clean burning should be a way to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. In this demonstration, we review basic chemistry (see illustration) to realize that producing CO2 is an...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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NASA’s Gravity and Climate Experiment (GRACE) is a mission to track the impact of climate change on the planet’s vast stores of freshwater, saltwater, and ice. A pair of satellites, GRACE effectively “weighs” Earth’s shifting water resources month by month to detect where water is...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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These curricular unit plans help students explore and understand climate change with particular attention to the impact of climate change on the polar regions. Topics include the role of the polar regions in the global climate system, the impact of changing temperatures on ecosystems, and the effect...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This teacher-moderated, interactive website helps children understand climate change. Kids Against Climate Change offers easy-to-understand information and a space for kids to talk about their experiences with climate around them.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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In this activity, students will be acting as members of the UN Climate Council and will be working within teams to identify and address the major factors behind climate change. Students are instructed to identify three major factors of climate change through research. They then have to identify ways...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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