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# Earth Exploration Toolbook: Is Greenland Melting?

Users explore data, using My World GIS, that characterize the dynamic Greenland Ice Sheet. By examining photographs, map views, and tabular data, users gain an understanding of how and why scientists are monitoring the ice sheet and what they are... (View More)

# Introducing Nature Mapping

In this activity, students are introduced to the importance of maintaining biodiversity and to citizen science. The resource includes three student worksheets, a data sheet, answer keys, and Web links. This is Lesson 2 in Biodiversity, part of... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# What Can Life Tolerate?

This is a lesson about organisms living under extreme conditions on Earth serving as analogs for extraterrestrial life. Learners will play a card game to create a set by matching an extremophile, an extreme habitat on Earth, and an extraterrestrial... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

# What Makes a World Habitable?

This is a lesson about the characteristics necessary for life. Learners will identify the top candidates for life in the solar system by examining Habitability Cards, which discuss each planet and the six large moons in terms of water temperature,... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

# Using Mathematical Models to Investigate Planetary Habitability: Activity C The Role of Actual Data in Mathematical Models

Students explore how mathematical descriptions of the physical environment can be fine-tuned through testing using data. In this activity, student teams obtain satellite data measuring the Earth's albedo, and then input this data into a... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# Modeling Hot and Cold Planets: Activity C Approximating the Average Surface Temperature of the Earth

In this activity, students explore the importance of adequate sampling strategies when conducting a scientific investigation. They are tasked with determining the average temperature of the Earth, using data sets easily found on the Internet, and... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

# Temperature Variations and Habitability: Activity B Relating Factors that Influence Planetary Temperature and Habitability

In this activity, student teams create a knowledge map of the essential characteristics or factors of a planet with a habitable climate, identifying range of inputs, outputs and variables of a planetary environmental system. Identified... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student
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