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Covering some 70 percent of Earth's surface, clouds play a key role in our planet's well-being. But how do they form, why are there so many types, and what clues can they give us about the weather and climate to come? Try your hand at classifying clouds and investigating the role they play in severe...
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Find an excellent tool for cryosphere (ice) work. Take a look at the bullet feature list at the bottom of the page: Using this tool, you can track the upcoming 2017 Arctic maximum sea ice extent value with students, especially as this value may, again, be a record breaker.
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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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NASA's Climate Kids is a place where kids can learn about the Earth! Available are games, activities, news, and videos on a variety of subjects: weather and climate, air, ocean, fresh water, carbon cycle, energy, plants and animals, and technology. Teacher resources (PDFs, NGSS standards, and more)...
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This series of lessons starts off with a hands-on lab using inexpensive materials that shows the impact of increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and its warming impact on climate change. Next, students will participate in a global ciizen science project, Old Weather, which involves students in...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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In this activity, students will use global temperature data to create models and compare short-term trends to long-term trends. They will then determine whether global temperature is rising based on the data. This activity is aligned to education standards for fifth grade and high school grade...
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This activity shows students how to read and interpret a common data representation, the heat map. Students will examine heat map representations of Earth science data over time, discuss trends and compare data sets in order to assess potential correlation.
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this activity, students will use sea-level rise data to create models and compare short-term trends to long-term trends. They will then determine whether sea-level rise is occurring based on the data.
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Dendrochronologists use tree rings to go back in time to learn more about past climate. Using straws to recreate tree rings, you can learn how dendrochronologists work. Construct a 50-year climatic history on a three-meter time line. In this activity, students use the spacings between tree rings to...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9
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Phenomena is only as effective as the unit it is embedded within. The questions that students raise should be directly connected with the core ideas that you want the students to engage with using the science and engineering practices. For example, we all live seeing a volcano model explode -- but...
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There are many factors that combine to form soil, an important, slowly renewable resource. Some of these factors include climate, organisms, relief, parent material, and time. Soil provides the food, fiber, and building materials to nourish, clothe, and house Earth’s inhabitants. How does climate...
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"New Englanders have a saying: """"If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute."""" Weather forecasts may be more stable in other parts of the world, but the basic idea stands. weather is dynamic, the product of interacting forces we are only beginning to understand. This interactive teaches...
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Published in 2006
Using this Lesson Plan, students study satellite data and explore an example of long-term climate change to learn about the seasons, changes in climate, and the role of Earth's tilted axis.
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Published in 2016
Your team has been charged with the task of using a model to analyze glacial ice flow before ad after the collapse of an ice shelf. In order to compare the flow of ice, you will need to track a point on the surface of the glacier and measure the movement over time. The data that you collect will be...
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...
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The objective of this exercise set is to integrate knowledge from several scientific disciplines and learn something interesting about the way the world works. I want to use some basic principles from physics, biology and geology to see how a large scale planetary process, the transport of heat over...
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"This exercise allows students to manipulate scientific data, plot the data and then interpret their results. You might query the students as to what is the """"""""cause"""""""" and what is the """"""""effect"""""""" in this scientific problem. The fact that our planet's climate has changed...
Grade Level   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...
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Climate change is a major global issue of our time. Understanding the essential principles of climate science will enable students to better assess information and to contribute to what will be ongoing climate discussions as informed citizens. Students observe and contrast thermal properties of...
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