Climate Teacher Resources
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Learners make weather predictions using the climatology method. In this climatology activity, students review using trends and persistence when forecasting weather. Learners discuss the climatology method for forecasting and complete the worksheet about climatology.
Clouds & Condensation
Learners use the digital atlas of Idaho to study different weather patterns. They use the Climatology section of the Digital Atlas of Idaho to explore concepts such as relative humidity, dew point, condensation, and cloud formation.
Students recognize the elements of an analog weather forecast. In this weather forecasting lesson, students use a website and look for trends, persistence and climatology in weather forecasting. Students complete a worksheet using the elements.
Earth Science Integration
Ninth graders define climatology, meteorology, geology, and topography, as well as other vocabulary related to these topic areas. They investigate the Earth's past climate history and make predictions for the future.
Introduction to Climatology
High schoolers are introduced to the topic of climatology. In groups, they use the Digital Atlas of Idaho to identify the layers of the atmosphere and review concepts of weather. To end the lesson, they examine different photographs and complete a worksheet.
Clouds and Rainfall
Students use the general climate section of the Digital Atlas of Idaho. Then they identify and interpret some basic concepts about climatology. Students also read through the information contained in the Digital Atlas on Climatology. Finally, they list and describe six commonly seen cloud types and include a unique picture or cut out one.
General Climate Concepts
Students are taught how to use the climatology section of the Digital Atlas of Idaho. They discuss the major factors influencing climate. Students gather and synthesize new information to enrich their comprehension of climate factors.
Trends of Snow Cover and Temperature in Alaska
Students gather historical snow cover and temperature data from the MY NASA DATA Web site. They compare this data to data gathered using ground measurements from the ALISON Web site for Shageluk Lake. They graph both sets of data and look for trends or coorelations.
Trends of Snow Cover and Temperature in Alaska
High schoolers compare NASA satellite data observations with student surface measurements of snow cover and temperature. They practice data collection, data correlations, and making scientific predictions.
Name That Cloud
Students explore the various categories of clouds and how they are formed. Through use of the Digital Atlas of Idaho, students research cloud types and formations. They use their information to answer questions on a worksheet. provided by the teacher.
Diurnal Temperature Changes and Water Vapor Content
Students examine the greenhouse effect, as they determine how moisture in the air affects the diurnal temperature range. Their investigation help them to explain different climatological regimes of both the Southern Great Plains and the world.
Africa's Climatic Regions
Middle schoolers are introduced to the different climates and vegetation of Africa, and compare them to similar climatic regions found in the United States.
Death at Jamestown
Learners use primary source documents to develop a theory about what happened at Jamestown. They use the internet to gather information about the colony. They evaluate the theory of Dr. Hancock as well.
NOVA: Dimming of the Sun
In this "NOVA: Dimming of the Sun" movie learning exercise, 6th graders explore the characteristics of the sun. Students answer forty-four questions about the sun.
Teaching about Rain Storms, Land Use, and Lake Turbidity
Students investigate the impacts of major rainfall and subsequent runoff on turbidity in lakes. They, in groups, develop a presentation of their research and/or write a paper summarizing their investigation.
Sea Surface Temperature and Coral Bleaching
A toolkit is something that has what you need to fix or make something. You just clicked on a teacher's toolkit for introducing the concept of coral bleaching in relation to climate change and changing sea temperatures. In it, you will find background information, a lab demonstration, student worksheet, and helpful web resource links. The purpose of the lesson is to help children see firsthand what can happen when a fragile plant/animal like coral is submitted to the effects of climate change as seen throughout the world today. They will experience reading satellite sea surface temperature data, taking temperature readings, and draw conclusions about coral bleaching by engaging in a demonstration.
Here is a fabulous collection of lessons for your emerging meteorologists! In them, learners will utilize satellite data to determine distribution of rainfall, research global rainfall patterns, and utilize their knowledge to propose new instruments and satellite missions that can help us understand the changes in the earth's climate. Some fantastic worksheets, weblinks, and other educational resources are embedded in an incredibly detailed and exciting lesson plan.
Investigating the Climate System - Clouds
Here is a fabulous lesson on the Earth's radiant energy system. This amazing, 31-page document is chock-full of great activities, worksheets, lab sheets, quizzes, rubrics, and assessments. Learners model and explain cloud formation, calculate incoming and outgoing radiation, identify aerosols in the earth's atmosphere, and make climate predictions. This is one of the finest educational resources I've come across! Highly recommended for your upper-elementary and middle schoolers.
Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System
Wow! What a lesson plan! Six terrific activities are described in great detail, in this 31-page document! Learners will model and explain cloud formation, sketch and identify certain cloud types, calculate and compare incoming and outgoing radiation, and make climate predictions based on increases or decreases in certain cloud types. I can't say enough good things about this lesson. If you are a 5th - 8th grade science teacher, check this one out for sure!
Weather: A Global Awareness Tour
Upper graders and middle schoolers make up a scenario of planning outdoor concert locations for their favorite musical group. They do this by looking into the weather patterns in a variety of tropical regions. They research where and when severe weather happens in these regions, and work together to come up with a proposed itinerary for their band that should keep them "dry" during their performances. A great teaching idea, and a wonderful lesson plan!