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University of Wisconsin, Green Bay (UWGB)
Resource Type: Assessments

A test bank of 17 different assessments on the earth sciences. Test topics include: how the earth works, minerals, rocks, soils and weathering, glaciers, earthquakes and volcanoes, wind erosion, coastal and marine geology, oceans, weather and climate, astronomy, and evolution and fossils. The...

National Weather Service (NWS)
Resource Type: Career Information

Job opportunities, career information and resources

Annenberg Learner
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

New Englanders have a saying: "If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute." Weather forecasts may be more stable in other parts of the world, but the basic idea stands. weather is dynamic, the product of interacting forces we are only beginning to understand. This interactive teaches...

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 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: 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
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
2007, ESRI
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
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
The Weather Channel (TWC)
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
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
FEMA/American Red Cross
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
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 Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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
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 Hurricane Center
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
Esri
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
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
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
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
UCAR/NCAR Web Weather for Kids
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
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
National Weather Service (NWS)
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 Weather Service (NWS)
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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 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 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 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
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...

University of Northwestern Iowa
Resource Type: Classroom Activities

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...

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

Information on storm surges (what they are and how they are formed). Tips to be ready for storm surges. Videos. Downloadable PDF guides (English and Spanish).

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

Through this earth science curriculum unit, student teams are presented with the scenario that an asteroid will impact the Earth. In response, their challenge is to design the location and size of underground caverns to shelter the people from an uninhabitable Earth for one year. Driven by this...

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Carolina Biological
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

This middle school student lab book in Earth science focuses on severe weather and catastrophic events on the Earth. The eBook is divided into three parts: Storms, Earthquakes, and Volcanoes. It also includes Spanish language resources. 

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8
Destination Education, Inc.
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

Weather affects all our lives; severe weather requires special precautions. A girl provides a lighthearted account of her family's adventure during the spring floods at her rural home. Floods are only one of the many types of severe weather described in this program. LeVar also talks about...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
Destination Education, Inc.
Resource Type: Curriculum Materials

A rainy day offers opportunities to explore creative pastimes and to appreciate the wonder of weather. A cumulative rhyme relating how a young African boy brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. LeVar talks about rainy day activities including an aerial chase of a thunderstorm and...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Resource Type: Safety Guidelines

TsunamiReady is a voluntary community recognition program that promotes tsunami hazard preparedness as an active collaboration among federal, state/territorial and local emergency management agencies, community leaders and the public. The main goal of the program is to improve public safety...

Grade Level: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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