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National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Career Information

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Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Welcome to JetStream, the National Weather Service Online Weather School. This site is designed to help educators, emergency managers, or anyone interested in learning about weather and weather safety. The information contained in JetStream is arranged by subject, beginning with global and large...

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

The GOES-16 (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite), launched in 2016, is the first weather satellite in the GOES-R series from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Orbiting 22,000 miles above Earth, GOES-16 can see amazing details of weather on Earth and...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) has resources, activities, games, and links to teach elementary and middle level students about staying safe in severe weather such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, lightning, and winter storms. In addition to Owlie Skywarn coloring sheets, teachers...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
2007, Esri, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Hurricanes are among the most common and most destructive types of natural hazards on Earth. Because they occur across space and time, hurricanes can be better understood using maps, particularly digital maps within a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) environment. GIS allows you to use maps...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
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
The Weather Channel (TWC), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Severe weather includes phenomena such as thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning storms. Severe weather can cause great amounts of damage, especially in places where severe weather is prevalent. How much of a danger does severe weather pose for the area where you live? You can...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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
FEMA, American Red Cross, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This activity lists materials needed (for home and school use) in case of emergency or natural disaster. Following a natural hazard, basic services – electricity, water, gas, telephones – may be cut off for days. Or, you may have to evacuate at a moment’s notice. You probably won’t have time to...

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

The Science center for Teaching, Outreach, and Research on Meteorology (the STORM Project) at University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is a cooperative program between NOAA and UNI. The Project seeks to initiate, support, and coordinate education, service, and research activities that relate to weather...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Is the ozone hole getting smaller? How much rain is in the cloud of a hurricane? How much sea ice is melting in the Arctic? For over 50 years, NASA scientists have been asking questions and collecting data from space-based satellites to study Earth’s changing environment. Engineers and...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Hurricane Center, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

This tracking activity allows students to plot data points onto a tracking chart and map out the possible path of an oncoming hurricane. Meteorologists study the development and movement of hurricanes. This information is made available to the public through the National Hurricane Center which...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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
Event-Based Science Project
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Two remote sensing activities are listed. Activity 1 provides GOES images from NASA to help you learn to track a hurricane. Activity 2 allows you to investigate the relationship between wind speed in a hurricane and two other factors.

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

A tropical storm is brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s causing rain and thunderstorms over the Caribbean, and it will soon be a tropical depression — the beginning of a hurricane. By the time Hurricane Mitch leaves the Central America, more than 11,000 people will be dead and as many as 18,000...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Even the youngest learners are aware of weather. It's easy to understand why they are interested in this topic. Weather directly affects their plans for the day. It determines how they dress, and what gear-boots, mittens, umbrellas, sunscreen, etc.-to pack for an event. Rarely does weather stay...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
WeatherSTEM
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

WeatherSTEM provides a highly customizable alert platform that responds to a wide variety of current and forecasted conditions. Keep your location safe with alerts for nearby lightning, dangerous heat conditions, freeze forecasts, or any other sensor-related events. Personalized notifications...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
UCAR/NCAR Web Weather for Kids, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Static electricity can be used to demonstrate the electricity of lightning. This activity will demonstrate the attraction of positive and negative charges and what happens when those opposite charges meet each other.

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
UCAR/NCAR Web Weather for Kids, Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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,...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8
UCAR/NCAR Web Weather for Kids
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The purpose of this experiment is to watch lightning and hear thunder to give you clues about how far away you are from a storm.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Weather Service (NWS), Earth Science Week (ESW), American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

We can read about, hear, or see weather reports every day on the radio, television, Internet, or newspapers. Some of this information includes current air temperatures and highs and lows for that day. As a citizen scientist, you can take your own air temperatures with an outdoor thermometer and...

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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...

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

El Niño storms have taken thousands of lives and caused billions of dollars in damage in recent decades. Where do these storms come from? Every two to seven years, trade-winds in the Pacific Ocean slow down or reverse their direction — no one is sure why. Normally, the Pacific trade winds blow...

Grade Level: 8, 9, 10
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Every satellite image tells a story. And satellite images are everywhere, on the Internet, the evening news, and even in some newspapers. The ability to interpret weather information from satellite images enables people to make informed decisions about their day. By looking at a series of images...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The updrafts in thunderstorms can be extremely strong. The stronger the updraft, the more weight of rain and hair that can be supported. This experiment will show thta cotton balls, like clouds, hold a tremendous amount of water. In nature, once the weight of water is more than can be supported...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Satellites are critical for tracking storms, especially over the ocean. The deadliest natural disaster in the history of the United States was a hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas in September 1900. Communications were very different then so people had no advanced warning of the storm and over...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Rain and hail will be suspended by the updraft inside a thunderstorm until the weight of the hail and water can no longer by supported. Usually, the stronger the updraft in a thunderstorm, the more intense the storm and the larger size of hail that can be produced. Suspending a ping pong ball in...

Grade Level: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

SKYWARN is a concept developed in the early 1970d that was intended to promote a cooperatve effort between the National Weather Service and communities. The emphasis of the effort is often focused on the storm spotter, an individual who takes a position near their community and reports wind...

Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Thunder is the result of the rapid expansion of super heated air caused by the extremely high temperature of lightning. Through a series of examples, the student will be able to determine the distance to a lightning strike.

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Weather Wiz Kids
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Weather Wiz Kids is designed especially for children to allow them to learn more about the fascinating world of weather. It's also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents to give them the right tools to explain the different types of weather to children. Weather Wiz Kids has...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

The outward extent of wind moving around a hurricane is rarely uniform. The size of this wind firld is often skewed to the right side of the storm's forward progress. At the same time, the size of each tropical cyclone varies. One hurricane, while it may not be very powerful, could have a large...

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
National weather Service (NWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Learn Science and Safety with the National Weather Service's Owlie Skywarn. NWS Education brings adventures and information to kids, teens, parents, and teachers. Owlie Skywarn puts you on the road to becoming a Young Meteorologist, all while sharing NWS Publications and Brochures on weather...

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

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...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Sonoma Technology Inc., HabitatMap
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Air pollution in many parts of the world is harming millions of people, shortening lives, and taking a toll on our ecosystem. Cities in India, China, and even the US frequently exceed air quality standards, and soaring pollution levels put people at risk. To complicate matters, regulatory...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
National Geographic
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students use prior knowledge, a photo gallery, and a video to discuss what they already know about extreme weather on Earth and brainstorm a list of weather-related words. Then they organize information they learned about weather events and conditions present for each type of weather event, and...

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5
University of Illinois, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER award, members of the University of Illinois Department of Atmospheric Sciences have designed a suite of atmospheric science learning modules for middle school students. The curriculum, which implements a flipped-classroom model, is cross-references...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9
National Geographic
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students compare ways of investigating weather on Earth and on other planets in our solar system. They use a video to discuss which different types of weather information might helps us understand what the environments are like on each planet. Then students compare and contrast weather...

Grade Level: 2, 3, 4, 5
American meteorological Society (AMS)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

AMS offers a wide variety of resources, materials, and programs for K-12 educators as well as faculty at undergraduate institutions. AMS can provide course materials, in-classroom resources, educator instruction, and specialized training for educators in weather, water, and climate sciences.

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

Students discuss their feelings about extreme natural events, learn safety and preparation tips, and create safety signs.

Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
United States National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

How does your school teach students about disasters and disaster preparedness? NIH's K-12 education team recently compiled a list of disaster-related resources for schools and classrooms. The resources are vetted for accuracy and include lesson plans, curriculum, games, and fact sheets. Students...

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

Students use an interactive natural hazards map to construct their own maps of extreme natural events by United States region. Then they identify patterns.

Grade Level: 4, 5
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
National Geographic
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students brainstorm types of extreme natural events, describe the dangerous characteristics of each, and compare and contrast them.

Grade Level: 4, 5
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
National Geographic
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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...

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 Geographic
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

Students discuss how scientists learn about weather on other planets, brainstorm characteristics of extreme weather on other planets, and use a video to identify new information about weather in our solar system. Then students compare and contrast weather conditions for planets in our solar...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
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...

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artist's concept of Cassini during the Saturn Orbit Insertion (SOI) maneuver
Classroom Activities
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Interested in starting a CubeSat program at your school and launching a small satellite? NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers, and faculty of all ages the opportunity to get hands-on, flight hardware development experience while designing, building, and operating small...

Butte, Montana mine shaft
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Featuring fast facts, games, puzzles, and coloring pages, this activity book teaches K-5 students about the EPA's many roles in protecting our environment. The book presents information on environmental topics such as water supply, air quality, ecosystems, and land pollution and offers simple...

Waterspouts in the Bahamas
Classroom Activities
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Weather Service (NWS)

Join Owlie and friends to embark on a "Severe Weather Preparedness Adventure!"Most appropriate for elementary and middle levels, this online game -- produced as part of NOAA and the National Weather Service's Young Meteorologist program -- teaches students how to stay safe through weather...

Students studying soils
Curriculum Materials
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Combine your iPhone or tablet with a 3D-printed clip and glass sphere to create an inexpensive, yet powerful, microscope. The microscope slips over the camera lens of the cell phone and is no thicker than a phone case. It is designed to fit most cell phone brands, including iPhone 4 and 5,...

Sunrise at the Grand Canyon
Classroom Activities
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Middle School Geology Task asks students to evaluate rock layers and make evidence-based claims about their formation.

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