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This interactive visualization illustrates changes in Earth's climate. Manipulate a sliding timeline to view the impacts on our planet of four climate related variables: sea ice, sea levels, carbon emissions, and average global temperatures.
Intended for use after viewing the Science on a Sphere film "Water Falls," this lesson deepens student's understanding of global precipitation measurement. Students will explore NASA satellite data gathered during Hurricane Sandy to learn how that... (View More) data was essential in helping scientists forecast its path and precipitation amounts. All background information, student worksheets and images/photographs/data are included in these downloadable sections: Teacher’s Guide, Student Capture Sheet, Assessment and PowerPoint Presentation. (View Less)
This interactive program focuses on the role of sea level in climate change. Sections include an overview and a list of relevant NASA satellite missions and their objectives. A third section, entitled Global View, covers the following 5 topics:... (View More) Latest View, Large El Niño, Hurricane Katrina, Indian Ocean Tsunami, and La Niña. (View Less)
This is a game about planning what to take on a space trip to Mars. Learners will decide on the appropriateness of items to take on a long trip to Mars and take into consideration the effects of zero gravity, limited electrical power, etc.
This is a game about the formation of the solar system. Learners dynamically engage in modeling the growth of asteroids from specks of matter. Similar to tag, the children run around, have fun, and burn off energy. Different from tag, there is... (View More) science involved! The end of activity debriefing discusses strengths and limits of the model. Note the setting for this activity should be large and open where students can run. (View Less)
This activity involves the use of satellite imagery to derive observations. Using an introductory Landsat classroom activity, learners will compare two images from North Dakota to quantify how much of the land surface that was water in 1997 has been... (View More) changed to land by 2007. A link to the introductory activity is provided. This is the third of three activities in the "The Impact of Climate Change on Prairie Potholes" section of the "Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators." (View Less)
This is an online sorting game that compares the lifetime risk of death from an asteroid impact to other threats. For example, are you more likely to be killed by an amusement park ride or an asteroid impact? It is part of the Killer Asteroids Web... (View More) Site. The site also features a background overview of the differences between asteroids and comets, information on different types of asteroids (rubble piles vs monoliths), a discussion of how at risk Earth really is to an asteroid or comet impact, and background information on light curves. (View Less)
In this activity, learners will use maps and images as information-gathering tools. After reading background information on Devil's Hole Pupfish, learners will work on groups of two to use Google maps and satellite images to compare their... (View More) school/house habitats to the habitat of the pupfish. They will cite evidence to support their claims. This is the first of four activities in the "Impact of Climate Change on the Desert Pupfish" of the "Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators." (View Less)
In this activity, learners will derive observations from satellite images. They will compare two Landsat satellite images to observe how the climate and human activity have impacted the landscape. The images and background details about them are... (View More) provided. A separate resource is suggested to provide the teacher and students an introduction to interpreting Landsat satellite images. This is the fourth of four activities in the "Impact of Climate Change on the Desert Pupfish" of Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators. (View Less)
This is a multi-level, physics-based game that asks players to save Earth by using their spaceship to deflect an incoming asteroid. It is designed to accurately reflect the physics of space and could be used to help confront preconceptions about... (View More) motion and forces in space. It is part of the Killer Asteroids Web Site. The site also features a background overview of the differences between asteroids and comets, information on different types of asteroids (rubble piles vs monoliths), a discussion of how at risk Earth really is to an asteroid or comet impact, and background information on light curves. (View Less)