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AAAS Science Assessment
Resource Type: Assessments

This assessment gives sub-ideas (core knowledge and information) on basic weather and climate elements including atmospheric temperature, humidity, and cloud formation. It also lists performance statistics on information given to students in grades 6-8 and 9-12, as well as common misconceptions...

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Resource Type: Assessments

This is a list of key ideas related to Weather and Climate II: Seasonal Differences. For each key idea, you will find a list of sub-ideas, a list of items, results from our field testing, and a list of student misconceptions. Key ideas include: sun height (in the sky) during the year,...

GeoScience Videos
Resource Type: Assessments

This GeoScience Videos blog provides support for instructors using the series of GeosScience Videos found on YouTube. The blog contains one-page quizzes for each short video as well as other related information such as in-class questions and activities. If you visit the blog's Assessment...

CareerOneStop
Resource Type: Career Information

CareerOneStop occupation profile for a Climate Change Analyst. View information on this career such as: education, workforce, skills, daily activities, and more.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Science Buddies
Resource Type: Career Information

How is climate change affecting the Earth? What will the changes mean for society? If these are questions that peak your curiosity, then you might be interested in a job as a climate change analyst. Climate change analysts evaluate climate data and research to determine how shifts in the climate...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In "Exploring Climate Science (Weather and Climate)," students will use tools to collect weather data and discuss the differences between weather and climate. Students will be able to: compare and contrast weather and climate, providing at least three differences between the two; and use an...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lesson, students learn about different cloud types and the associated weather they may bring -- putting themselves in the shoes of NASA's Cloudsat mission team as they were developing and important Earth-observing satellite. This is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3
National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

By the end of this activity, stdents will be able to: list human influences on climate; explain the entire carbon cycle.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
National Park Service (NPS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this activity, students will be able to: compare and contrast weather and climate; predict the effects of climate change on life.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
2016, Comet MetEd
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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
Earth Learning Idea (ELI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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 pale-...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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
EarthLabs
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this lab you will work with Google Earth, a dynamic interactive map visualization tool. You will observe temperature patterns, biome types, and climatographs from selected cities around the world. As you work through the links and images in this activity, keep in mind how climate, a long-term...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Tags: biome, climate
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This demonstration uses a water balloon to show how Earth's oceans are absorbing most of the heat being trapped on our warming world.

Grade Level: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Earth: The Operator's Manual
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earth: The Operator's Manual is changing how people think about energy and climate issues. Downloadable videos, activities and enriching tools you can use in your classroom. Roll up your sleeves and dig in with us on clean energy, climate change, and your sustainable energy future.

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
DiscoverySchool.com, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Atmospheric scientists study weather processes, the global dynamics of climate, solar radiation and its effects, and the role of atmospheric chemistry in ozone depletion, climate change, and pollution. They observe what's going on in our atmosphere today and compare it to records from years past...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
High-Adventure Science, The Concord Consortium
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

High-Adventure Science brings several of the big unanswered questions in Earth and space science — think climate change, the availability of freshwater, land management and more — to middle and high school science classrooms. Each module includes interactive computer-based systems models and...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

NOAA Climate.gov provides science and information for a climate-smart nation. Americans' health, security, and economic well-being are closely linked to climate and weather. People want and need information to help them make decisions on how to manage climate-related risks and opportunities they...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
The University of Texas at Austin Bureau of Economic Geology, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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 inevitable...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Current consumption of fossil fuel releases more than 25 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. If current trends continue, there will be a tripling of atmospheric CO2 by the end of the century—levels not seen for more than 40 million years. By measuring our carbon footprint, we can...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2016, UMaine Cooperative Extension/4-H, Science Friday
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The National Weather Service (NWS) Cooperative Observer Program (COOP) is truly the Nation's weather and climate observing network of, by and for the people. More than 11,000 volunteers take observations on farms, in urban and suburban areas, National Parks, seashores, and mountaintops. The data...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
University of California, Museum of Paleontology (UCMP)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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 drastically throughout geologic...

Grade Level: 7, 8
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

To describe Earth's vast history, scientists use a geologic timescale. They divide it into long segments of time called eras. Each era is further divided into periods. Working in a small team, you will create a poster presentation about one of the periods in Earth's history. You can use...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Our Moon acts like training wheels for the Earth, allowing for a stable cycle of seasons. In part A, children ages 11 to 13 model how Earth's tilt creates the seasons. In part B, children model that if its tilt was not stabilized by the Moon, Earth's axis would slowly wobble betwen straight up...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Climate Change and Michigan Forests (CCMF)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

On this site you can access our 10-day middle school life science unit and a summary of our climate change education research project results, including links to peer-reviewed publications. Climate Change and Michigan Forests (CCMF) is based on climate science research conducted at the...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

A fossil is any evidence of past life preserved in a geologic context, such as within rock or sediment. This activity allows you to explore the process used by paleontologists — scientists who study fossils to understand ancient landscapes, climate, and life on Earth — to find and identify...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Anthropolis Productions Limited
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Athropolis is a website devoted to informing children about the polar regions through games, puzzles, stories, songs, virtual library, etc. Imaginary characters and the storyline are targeted toward elementaty students.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

NASA's Global Climate Change website hosts an extensive collection of global warming resources for media, educators, weathercasters, and public speakers. Browse by topis and media type, including videos, social media shareables, infographics, quizzes and interactives.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
InTeGrate, National Science Foundation (NSF)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

By the time today's undergraduates send their children to college, there will be more than eight billion people on earth. Our climate will be punctuated by extreme weather events. One or more major metropolitan areas may have experiences a devastating earthquake or volcanic eruption. Energy...

Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In Swords into Plowshares: At Home in a Missile Silo, Tony Crossley says of his underground home: “The winters are bitterly cold, the summers feature spectacular afternoon thunderstorms and occasional tornadoes, and throughout the year we get days when the wind is very strong. Underground it’s...

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Penguinscience
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Like animals everywhere, Antarctic penguins are adjusting, or not, to changes in their habitat brought by warming temperatures. With extensive field research on their existing colonies, and a 45,000 year-old record contained in deposits of their bones and egg shells, we know more about how...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This interactive tools allows students to gather data using My NASA Data microsets to investigate how differential heating of Earth results in circulation patterns in the oceans and the atmosphere that globally distribute the heat. They examine the relationship between the rotation of Earth and...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Esri, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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 satellites...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earth's polar regions may seem remote, but they are an integral part of the entire Earth system. For example, pollution from other areas affects Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems, and changes in the icy landscapes of the polar regions may influence global ocean circulation patterns and accelerate...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
GreenLearning
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

GreenLearning creates free online education programs about energy and sustainability that engage and empower students to create positive change for our evolving world. To build our programs, we combine input from national surveys and consultations with teachers and education professionals to...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Esri, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Earth’s climate is a product of and is affected by many things—and it’s changing. Long-term and short-term processes, such as plate tectonics and volcanism, contribute to climate. Likewise, human influences, such as rising CO2 levels from fossil fuel burning and deforestation, play active roles...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Investigate cool "ologies" (disciplines) at New York's American Museum of Natural History site. There are tons of activities relates to all the "ologies" and wonderful videos and information for elementary level children.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
2006, WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
PhET Interactive Simulations
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Park Service (NPS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

There are many glaciers all over Alaska. Flying into Lake Clark National Park and Preserve through Lake Clark Pass, you will see many glaciers. These glaciers were growing during the last Ice Age. Now many are retreating because Alaska is getting warmer. As the glaciers melt they leave behind...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
2008, Thirteen/WNET, PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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
UCAR Center for Science Education
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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.

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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
National Science Foundation (NSF), PBS LearningMedia
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

In this media-rich lesson, students explore the role that ice plays on Earth, the factors causing it to melt, and the local and global consequences of melting ice. This resource is part of the Polar Sciences collection.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Minerals are among the most beautiful objects in nature, and they are used to make objects you use every day of your life - including the computer you are looking at right now! Read on to discover more about them. Just click on one of the links to find out more.

Sauropod Bones
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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Fossils are among the most fascinating objects in nature, giving us an idea of how animals and plants lived in the past. Just click on one of the links to find out more.

Fluorite sample
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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

The study of rocks is called petrology. Rocks may have fossils in them, and they are made up of minerals, but petrologists like looking at the rocks themselves. Just click on one of the link to find out more about rocks and the rock cycle.

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American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)

Printable poster. matching questions, mineral pictures, your house came out of the ground information with graphics, every American born will need...with graphic. This is a pdf file that is 8.5 x 11 two-sided in full color.

Doppler Radar installation in Oklahoma
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

These activities demonstrate meteorological concepts.

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