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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...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Carbon dioxide (CO2) is essential for life on Earth. Scientists have ways of testing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. In this activity, you can do your own test for CO2!
Grade Level   3 4 5
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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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NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary has educational resources for learning about the effects of increased acidity in the oceans. Watch video lectures on ocean acidification, or download hands-on activities to explore the topic. For example, the game Help Nemo Find His Home! (grades 4-8)...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The effective temperature is the point at which the line crosses the middle scale. Use this worksheet and example to find your own effective temperature.
Grade Level   6 7 8 9
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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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EPA offers hands-on activities to teach middle and high school students about air quality and climate change. Build Your Own Particle Sensor (grades 5-12) introduces basic information about particulate matter air pollution and electronics and gives students opportunities to develop problem-solving...
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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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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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Integrating the applications of geodesy into the secondary and undergraduate curriculum broadens students' exposure to modern measurement techniques such as global positioning system (GPS), airborne or terrestrial lidar (TLS), and gravity. Scientists use geodesy as an approach to understand the...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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For nearly five billion years, the Earth's surface has been constantly built up and broken down by processes taking place above and below the Earth's surface, resulting in the wide range of beautiful and complex landscapes we see today. In this unit, students will continue to make connections...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Students will explain how photosynthesis leads to carbon being taken out of the atmosphere.
Grade Level   3 4 5
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By the end of this activity, students will: be able to describe the cyclical relationship between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and plants on earth which trap and store carbon; identify where carbon in the soil comes from.
Grade Level   3 4 5
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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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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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Convection is the density-driven movement of a fluid material. Often, convection is driven by either heating from below or cooling from above the fluid. When a liquid is heated, it expands slightly, which makes it less dense. The fluid with lower density rises up, in the same way that a party...
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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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