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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...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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We feel the wind everyday. The air is almost always in motion. One day it may be from the north and the next day from the south. There are many sources for wind: mechanical sources such as fans and, in nature, falling rain as it drags air along. But what is the origin of wind on the earth? Using a...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Demonstrate that AM radio signals can travel many 1000's of miles at night. The student will listen to as many radio stations as possible obtaining the call signs and places of origin during the evening (after sunset) hours.
Grade Level   7 8 9 10 11 12
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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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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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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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The atmosphere is a mixture of gases. Similarly, the world's oceans and fresh waters contain dissolved chemicals. Many substances dispersed in air or water are measured in parts per million. Some of these substances are colorless, odorless, and tasteless, yet even in small quantities they can be...
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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In this activity, you will explore local rocks for signs of the Rock Cycle, the sequence of making and breaking down rocks.
Grade Level   5 6
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Earth's temperature is set, in part, by a balance between incoming radiation energy from the Sun and outgoing radiation energy into space. If more energy comes in than leaves, Earth's temperature will rise, and vice versa. The atmosphere plays a big role in this balance. In this activity, you will...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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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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Sunlight is constantly falling on Earth. At the same time, Earth is losing energy to the cold emptiness of outer space. In this activity, you will use a computer model to explore what happens to the Sun's energy when it strikes Earth.
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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Through a simple interactive online model, students learn about the relationship between carbon dioxide emissions, carbon dioxide buildup in the atmosphere, and average global temperature. The simulation predicts changes throughout the 21st century based on the level of carbon dioxide emissions...
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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In this activity, the students learn about the four main types of air masses that affect weather in the United States, their characteristic temperatures, and humidity levels as it relates to dew point temperatures. The lesson plan follows the 5E format. Initially, students discuss local weather and...
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How do greenhouse gases affect the climate? explore the atmosphere during the ice age and today. What happens when you add clouds? change the greenhouse gas concentration and see how the temperature changes. Then compare to the effect of glass panes. Zoom in and see how light interacts with...
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This FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) website attempts to address various questions regarding hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones that have been posed to us as hurricane researchers over the years. While it is not intended to be a technical guide, references are given throughout the FAQ for...
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A barometer measures atmospheric pressure. Learn how to make your own barometer out of a jar, balloon, and stirring stick.
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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