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In this activity, students plot data from GLOBE schools on a map with latitude and longitude lines and draw contours based on the values plotted. The resource includes a student worksheet and data table. Several suggestions for extensions of this... (View More) activity using different types of data sets are included. This learning resource is part of the Atmosphere chapter of the GLOBE Teacher's Guide. GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide, hands-on, K-12 school-based science education program. (View Less)
Students become aware of the changes in visibility and sky color due to particles suspended in the air, called aerosols. They observe, document and classify changes in visibility and sky color over several days and understand the relationship... (View More) between sky color, visibility and aerosols in the atmosphere. A student data sheet is included in the activity. This learning resource is part of the Atmosphere chapter of the GLOBE Teacher's Guide, and is supported by the GLOBE Aerosol protocol. GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide, hands-on, K-12 school-based science education program. (View Less)
This chapter provides an overview of the science of studying the Earth system, with a focus on understanding the connections among phenomena that can be traced through the energy, hydrological and biogeochemical cycles, on a range of time and... (View More) spatial scales. A section on seasonal cycles deepens student understanding of environmental data collected using GLOBE protocols. GLOBE field protocols and learning activities connected to this chapter are found in the Earth system science section of the GLOBE Teacher's Guide. (View Less)
In this field activity, students conduct a visual survey of a hydrology study site, and collect information about land cover and water quality. These observations are used to stimulate research-able questions about land cover and water chemistry... (View More) that can be the focus of future investigations. The use of archival evidence in an investigation is discussed. This is a learning activity associated with the GLOBE hydrology investigations and is supported by the Hydrology chapter of the GLOBE Teacher's Guide. GLOBE (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide, hands-on, K-12 school-based science education program. (View Less)
This is a lesson about phase changes. Learners will observe ice melting and freezing under a variety of conditions and relate that to the Messenger mission. This is lesson 1 of 12 in Exploring Ice in the Solar System.
This picture book is designed to introduce children to the Earth's atmosphere and its importance to life on Earth. It also introduces how the addition of new gases (e.g., ozone) contributes to changing the quality of air we breathe. With an... (View More) understanding of how our atmosphere works, we can begin to understand how our activities may be contributing to some of those changes in air quality. (View Less)
This module focuses on the population of mountain gorillas living in the central highland area of Africa. The module looks at human activity around the gorilla habitat and how that activity is threatening the survival of the remaining gorillas.
This website serves as an online textbook about the Earth's magnetosphere and was developed by a retired space physicist. The emphasis of the site is on the history, conceptual understanding, and basics relating to electrons, ions and their motion... (View More) in space, plasmas and energy. The site also covers planetary magnetospheres, cosmic rays, space weather, selected spacecraft missions, an activity for creating a paper model of the magnetosphere, and a project for plotting interplanetary field lines. It includes informational text divided into 35 chapters, a glossary, timeline, questions and answers, a teacher's introduction to the Earth's magnetosphere, suggestions for teaching about magnetism using classroom demonstrations, and articles titled Birth of a Radiation Belt and Secrets of the Polar Aurora. (View Less)
This is a booklet containing 20 problem sets that involve a variety of math skills, including equations and substitution, time calculations, reading, algebra, and more. Each set of problems is contained on one page. Learners will use mathematics to... (View More) explore space science topics related to our Sun, auroras, solar features, space weather, sunspots, and solar storms. This booklet can be found on the Space Math@NASA website. (View Less)
This tutorial on cloud types was designed for participants in the S'COOL project (Student Cloud Observations On-Line). S'COOL engages students in making and reporting ground truth observations of clouds then comparing those observations with data... (View More) from the CERES satellite instrument. As part of those observations, students must collect data on cloud types and cloud levels. The images and text/oral descriptions of each cloud type by altitude will allow students to more accurately collect ground truth data. In addition, the descriptions often include historical background, name derivatives and other relevant information. (View Less)