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This series of ten lessons has been developed to teach students about local and global water issues. They are based on NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission. The activities are done largely outdoors and include scientific data... (View More) collection and analysis and integrate technology. Many of the lessons involve data collected based on protocols from the GLOBE Program. Each lesson is designed to take one hour; the lessons build on each other, but can also be used independently. Each lesson topic includes a lesson plan, PowerPoint presentation, student capture sheet and capture sheet answer guide. (View Less)
Students will design, build and then test a rain gauge to measure precipitation. By sharing their results, students will recognize the need for standardization and precision in scientific tools. The lesson uses the 5E instructional model. All... (View More) background information, student worksheets and images/photographs/data are included in these downloadable sections: Teacher’s Guide, Student Capture Sheet and PowerPoint Presentation. (View Less)
Intended for use prior to viewing the Science on a Sphere film "Water Falls," this lesson introduces students to Earth's water cycle and the importance of freshwater resources.
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)
In this activity, students will watch a short video on the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, learn about the parts of the satellite, and then construct their own edible model of GPM. This lesson uses the 5E instructional model.
This activity is about groundwater and how an underground aquifer can be affected by actions on the surface that are miles away. Using an aquarium, leaners will construct an interactive groundwater model to demonstrate how water flows through the... (View More) ground into the atmosphere and back. This activity may also be completed as a demonstration. This is the second 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)
This activity is about the processes that have shaped the eastern coastline of the United States, specifically considering the impact of pollution. Learners will use model habitats to simulate the runoff of pollutants and consider how they might... (View More) affect the watershed. This is the second of three watershed activities in the "Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators." (View Less)
This activity is about the impact of climate change in aquatic ecosystems. Learners will build two aquatic habitats using soda bottles and other materials and simulate climate change conditions in one of the habitats. After making daily qualitative... (View More) and quantitative observations over a four-week period, students will be able to describe the effects of climate change on aquatic ecosystems. This activity is part of the "Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators." (View Less)
This resource includes five lessons related to the habitat and life cycle of the diamondback terrapin and human influence on them. Learners will participate in a series of dramatic play modeling activities that simulate the coastline and marsh... (View More) habitat changes that are occurring. They will use a map to identify where in the watershed a diamondback terrapin lives and what the habitat looks like. They will then explain how humans moving into the coastal area affect the terrapin’s habitat and how changes in water level will affect the habitat. They will explain how human presence affects the ability of the marsh to extend inland as sea level rises. Finally, learners will brainstorm realistic ways for humans and terrapins to coexist. Extensions for each lesson are available. The lessons are planned on the 5-E’s model (engage, explore, explain, extend and evaluate). The lessons are part of Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators. (View Less)
This activity is about how fossil fuels release carbon. Learners will use toys, sand and other materials to simulate a city, considering the formation of fossil fuels and how burning these releases carbon and produces warming. As part of the... (View More) discussion, they will review the respiration equation. They will then create a mural illustrating the path of the carbon from dead forest, to fossil fuel, to mine, to power plants, to homes and cars, and finally to the air. This the third of three activities in "The Carbon Cycle and its Role in Climate Change," which is part of Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators. (View Less)