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This is an assessment activity for the The Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) educational kit. Learners will make a poster that explains possible origins of cosmic rays, how they affect people, and what protects us here on... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: 1 cent - $1 per student

Through an analysis of data sets on four parameters - sea ice totals, sea surface temperatures, near surface temperatures and surface type - students must decide whether the Arctic is experiencing climate change and predict any potential effects on... (View More)

This activity is about the role of plants as carbon sinks. Using atom signs made of construction paper, a blanket and other materials, learners will visualize the role of plants in storing carbon and discuss what may lead to its release. This the... (View More)

This activity is about threatened and endangered species, specifically considering the impact of climate change. Learners will become familiar with classification of animals, conduct research and make a master list of threatened and endangered plant... (View More)

This activity is about the relationship between habitat destruction and wildlife population. Learners will graph data provided about the prairie potholes and discuss the effects of habitat destruction and climate change on waterfowl breeding. They... (View More)

This activity is about the impact of sea ice loss on walrus populations. Learners will participate in a discussion about walruses, their habitat requirements and the impact of sea ice loss. Throughout the discussion, learners will develop an... (View More)

This activity is about the food web in the northern Bering sea. Working as a group, learners will create a list of the members of the food web and draw the web, using drawings or pictures, and showing the interconnectivity between its members. Using... (View More)

In this activity, students identify habitats in Arizona, define and illustrate a food web in a kinesthetic exercise, and explain the importance of biodiversity in a writing assignment. Required materials include a ball of yarn or string. The... (View More)

This is an activity about the correlation between annual precipitation and plant productivity in different Earth biomes. Learners consider water evaporation, solubility and abundance relative to life on Earth and relative to finding evidence for... (View More)

This is a lesson where learners explore how the creation and destruction of ozone protects us from ultraviolet radiation (UV). Learners will kinesthetically model the depletion of ozone caused by chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) molecules; use ultraviolet... (View More)

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