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Earth Science Lab: Exploring Precipitation and Floods

This activity uses rain and flood events in the Midwest to engage students in an exploration of the collection, comparison, analysis and utilization of rainfall data. Students will access online precipitation data from both a ground-based station... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Over \$20 per group of students

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)

Geo Action

In this investigation, students discover the spatial relationship between recent earthquakes, volcanoes, and the Earth's plates through visual inspection of tectonic activity plots on world maps, and by comparing the position of recent tectonic... (View More)

Keywords: Plate tectonics
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free per student

Ocean Temperatures

In this activity, students are presented with a satellite image of ocean temperature, and examine the map to determine whether ocean temperature is influenced by latitude. Students graph each temperature value as a function of latitude and write a... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free per student

The Ring of Fire

In this mathematical activity, students learn why a tectonically-active area of the globe is called "The Ring of Fire" by examining a data map differentiating shield volcanoes, cinder cones, and stratovolcanoes and calculating the percentage of... (View More)

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

Riding the Jet Stream

Students watch or read a weather report, and draw the position of the jet stream on a map. This worksheet includes questions that help students learn the role of the jet stream in the generation of weather in the continental U.S. The resource is... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free per student

Comparing the Statistics

This activity consists of two student worksheets, where students plot the position of the ten deadliest and ten most expensive hurricanes in the 20th century. Note: updated hurricane data through 2010 is available from NOAA (see related resources).... (View More)

Keywords: Hurricanes
Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free per student
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