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Human impacts on air, weather and water. (Elementary) (ESS3)

Created by NASA Wavelength Last updated 8/1/2018

The resources in this list support student understanding of the role human activities play in two environmental issues: the types and amounts of aerosols in the atmosphere and the availability of fresh water in some locations.

Issues related to aerosols and fresh water supplies are included under NGSS ESS3.C (Earth and Human Activity / Human Impacts on Earth Systems).
  • What's Up in the Atmosphere? Exploring Colors in the Sky

    Join the book’s students as they investigate a natural phenomenon- the color variations of the sky. Throughout the story, the students model science practices: they make observations of the sky to obtain information, evaluate that information based on an explanation of aerosols and the scattering of light, and then share that information with their peers. The connection to natural and human sources of aerosols is presented. Reading the book and completing all four accompanying activities will require four to five hours.
  • S'COOL Lesson: Severe Weather Planning

    Earth’s weather ranges from mild to severe. Scientists can forecast severe weather; students and their families should know how to prepare for and respond to that forecast. In this lesson, students research the causes and effects of a severe weather event and describe the preparations and responses necessary to reduce the impact of that event. The activity requires 2-3 hours to complete.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/E5
  • EO Kids: Fresh Water

    Geared to students aged 9-14, this booklet features articles, hands-on activities and experiments related to Earth’s fresh water. Beginning with the phenomenon of the “bathtub ring” around Lake Mead, students examine the importance of fresh water as a natural resource, while also considering the effects of both natural factors (air temperatures) and human factors (agricultural needs) on its supply.
  • NASA Space Place: Weather

    This collection of twelve resources engages upper-elementary students in short weather related articles, games and activities. Each of the twelve can be done independently; time required varies from approximately 15 to 45 minutes. The articles included discuss the cause and effect of three weather phenomena: La Niña, El Niño and solar weather.