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# MY NASA DATA: Using Vegetation, Precipitation, and Surface Temperature to Study Climate Zones

In this lesson, students investigate the relationship between precipitation, surface temperature and vegetation for four geographic locations. Students will download graphs of each of the three system components (vegetative index, surface... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

# S'COOL: Cloudy Days Are for Reading and Writing

In this activity, students will research weather proverbs, analyze the scientific validity of three weather proverbs and present their reasoning in an essay. As an extension, students may survey 15 senior citizens to determine most frequently heard... (View More)

Audience: 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

# Atmosphere Chapter-Cloud Watch

Students observe cloud type and coverage and weather conditions over a five-day period and correlate these observations. Students make and test predictions using these observations. This is a learning activity associated with the Atmosphere chapter... (View More)

# Determining What Controls the Temperature of the Land Surface

In this problem-based learning (PBL) activity, students take on the role of a student research scientist and explore the role of solar energy in determining climate, focusing on the urban heat island effect. Students conduct research and compare... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per group of students

Students create a physical model illustrating soil water balance using drinking glasses to represent the soil column, and explain how the model can be used to interpret data and form predictions. Using data from the GLOBE Data Server, they calculate... (View More)

# How Close Is Safe? Buffer Zone Development

The effects of volcanoes on both the environment and people are the focus of this investigation. Students are introduced to the term "buffer" and are tasked with creating a possible buffer zone around Mount St. Helens. Students begin by assigning 32... (View More)

# Around and Around it Goes

The difficulties in predicting landfall of a hurricane are modeled In this kinesthetic activity. Students predict the trajectory of a ball rolled to their partner. They conduct several trials, predicting the path of the ball, observing the actual... (View More)

# Through Thick and Thin (K-2)

In this inquiry investigation, students discover how a given amount of light changes in intensity when the area it shines on changes, and that change in light and heat occurs when the Earth is tilted towards or away from the Sun. Supplies required... (View More)

# Through Thick and Thin (Grades 2-4)

In this inquiry investigation, students discover how a given amount of light changes in intensity when the area it shines on changes, and that change in light and heat occurs when the Earth is tilted towards or away from the Sun. Supplies required... (View More)

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