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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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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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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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The National Climate Assessment offers a wealth of actionable science about the causes, effects, risks, and possible responses to human-caused climate change. NOAA, the NCAnet Education Affinity Group, and members of the CLEAN Network have developed a series of guides for educators that focus on the...
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By TED-Ed
Published in 2014
There's a game of Tetris happening on a global scale: The playing space is planet Earth, and all those pesky, stacking blocks represent carbon dioxide -, a greenhouse gas that is piling up ever more rapidly as we burn the fossil fuels that run our cars, factories and power plants. Joss Fong outlines...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This downloadable image from the Max-Planck Institut für Meteorologie details the climate system.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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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...
Grade Level   8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2013
This computer-based learning module engages students in questions that scientists around the world are exploring about Earth's climate. They gain an appreciation for how much is not known about the Earth and climate change. The module contains 5 activities (Earth's Changing Climates; Interactions...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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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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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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Lean how our changing climate impacts biodiversity through educator resources from the World Wildlife Federation. Designed for advanced high school and college teachers, the resources include an educator packet with background information, wildlife vulnerability assessment tools, and links to...
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Life and Climate is about how our atmosphere and climate came to be as they are today; how life on Earth evolved; and how the evolution of life and climate have affected each other since the Earth was formed. In this Guide your students will find the story of how tiny plants brought oxygen to the...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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By XKCD
This website provides a timeline of Earth's temperature beginning thousands of years ago, to the current and future times to show how much warming earth has encountered.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Published in 2010
LPB's Climate Change Challenge helps middle school students understand the causes and effects of climate change on our environment.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Demonstrate how the proportions of oxygen in ice and deep-sea cores can be used to interpret past Earth temperatures with ‘The oxygen isotope sweet simulation' Earthlearningidea. This uses coloured sweets (e.g. Midget Gems) which have been divided up into different colours. One set of...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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This downloadable image from the Max-Planck Institut für Meteorologie details the greenhouse effect.
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Published in 2011
Berkeley Earth video representation of the land surface temperature anomaly, 1800 to present. The map of the world shows the temperature anomaly by location over time. The chart at the bottom, shows the global land-surface temperature anomaly. The Berkeley Earth analysis shows 0.911 degrees...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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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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Published in 2016
Climate and Water Resources Management, Part 1: Climate Variability and change describes the terminology, global evidence, regional manifestations, and basic science of global climate variability and anthropogenic change, with a focus on water resources management. The lesson presents this...
Grade Level   12
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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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