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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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Published in 2015
We're heading out of this world to compare atmospheric compositions of the other planets in the solar system, as well as our own. Practically every other planet in our solar system can be considered to have an atmosphere, apart from perhaps the extremely thin, transient atmosphere of Mercury, with...
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A simple key for identifying clouds.
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Learn how to identify cloud types by using this flow chart from the International Cloud Atlas. Clouds are divided into 10 fundamental types known as genera, depending on their general form. The genera are then further subdivided based on a cloud's particular shape, structure and transparency; the...
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What does up, must come down. Precipitation is the most commonly seen aspect of the hydrologic cycle. Students will learn how the water cycle works using 3-D paper craft activity. The students will see a demonstration of the concept of precipitation.
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Barometers using mercury are heavy and fragile. The first working version of an aneroid (without water) barometer was built in 1843 by French scientist Lucien Vidie. This made the barometer very portable and it became a commonly used meteorological instrument. It was still calibrated to the...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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The amount of air over us is constantly changing. As a result, the weight of that air, called pressure, is constantly changing. These changes in air pressure are indications of changes in our weather. We measure this change using a device called a barometer (bar-meter or measurer).
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Pressure is not only a matter of altitude but also dependent upon the temperature. As the temperature increases so does the pressure. The molecules and atoms that comprise the air we breathe gain energy as they absorb heat. That increase in energy results in faster moving atoms which we observe as...
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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Bernoulli's principle states that in fluid flow, an increase in velocity occurs simultaneously with decrease in pressure. The students will discover that the faster air moves (air acting as a fluid), the lower the pressure beccomes within that air flow. They will see this effect blowing between two...
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In this activity you will measure changing weather conditions prior to, during, and after a storm.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The purpose of this experiment is to observe fog formation.
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A kid-friendly online portal to learn about different atmospheric phenomena, like the water cycle, severe weather, rainbows and clouds, and more.
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The UCAR Center for Science Education has a small (but growing!) collection of games related to weather, climate, atmospheric science and space weather education. The Center also has a modest collection of interactives and simulations related to atmospheric science topics.
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Students use prior knowledge, a photo gallery, and a video to discuss what they already know about extreme weather on Earth and brainstorm and categorize a list of weather-related words and phrases. Then they identify the necessary conditions for weather events to occur, and the factors that affect...
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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Even small thunderstorms are dangerous. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people than tornadoes each year. Thunderstorms also cause heavy rain, flash flooding, hail, strong winds and tornadoes. When warm and cold air masses meet, a thunderstorm can grow. In this activity, you...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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This investigation is designed to help participants make connections between the different components of the Earth System (biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and geosphere) through observing their local outdoor area, categorizing the observations into one or more “spheres”, and drawing links...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2008
This Nature lesson will help students to evaluate how the interactions of air, moisture, wind, and topography combine to create the extreme environment found in Death Valley, California.
Grade Level   8 9 10
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Published in 2010
With this graph and accompanying lesson from Clue into Climate, produced by KQED, students will explore how the level of carbon dioxide has increased over time, hypothesize about why this is a concern, and begin to think about what can be done to slow or stop continued climate change.
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