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Meteorologists view an animated video by the Environmental Protection Agency to learn how the carbon cycle works, and then move into groups to analyze and graph actual data of the atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration from Hawaii's Mauna Loa Observatory. The class discusses patterns and discovers that the concentration varies with the seasons and that, over the years, the annual average value has been increasing. Discuss with your class the reasons behind seasonal variation and global warming. 
Students investigate the climate changes occurring locally, regionally and globally over the last one hundred years. They brainstorm and predict whether the current year's weather was warmer or colder than last year then check the prediction using actual data from the internet.
Access local temperature data online, graph averages, and critique it. Learners listen to a scenario where weather and climate are confused, and then answer questions to differentiate the two. The lesson plan itself is compact, but there is a plentiful amount of information provided to help you address Next Generation Science Standards for earth science.
# Students study dramatic seasonal changes in temperate climates through research and viewing art. They measure, create, recognize, and work with common geometric shapes. They use art elements of color, shape, texture, and line to illustrate landscape elements in two different seasons.
The warm-up is not relevant, since by the time you reach the end of a unit on climate change, most will not feel that it is good for humans. The thought-provoking questions, however, make a poignant class discussion about its effects. A neat chart is provided to guide learners through the talk and to provide a place to record responses. 
Future weather forecasters collect daily temperatures over a period of time. Afterward, they compare their data with monthly averages, as researched on national weather websites, in order to grasp the difference between weather and climate. They create line graphs of their measurements and then make observations about national temperature trends. Although the lesson content is rather simple, it teaches an important standard concept for earth science courses. Consider using it as a springboard for a discussion about global warming.
Begin a full lesson on climate change by demonstrating how carbon dioxide gas contributes to increased temperatures. Be aware that pressure inside the antacid-containing bottle in Activity 2 may cause the lid to fly off; keep viewers at a safe distance and wear safety goggles. Show a PowerPoint presentation to teach energy balance, the greenhouse effect, and other concepts related to climate change. Part of the lesson includes demonstrating the effect of melting ice.  
Students recognize the different climatic zones. They describe what aspects differentiate the climatic zones. Students offer explanations as to what climate is and the role that it plays on creating regions. They rationalize why the different climatic zones are different.

Seasons Of Art

1st - 5th
Young scholars engage in a lesson that is about the study of seasons and the colors related to them. They use paints in order to create a window scene. Students engage in class discussion about the seasons of the year and make comparisons.
First graders identify the sun as a source of heat and light. They identify features of houses that help keep use sheltered and comfortable throughout daily and seasonal cycles. Students are told that summer is the best season to derive the most solar power.
Students explain the impact of glacial melting to global climate change. In this environmental science lesson, students design an experiment to investigate the effect of salinity change to melting glaciers. They share their results to other groups by creating a PowerPoint presentation.
Open with a discussion on weather and climate and then explain how tree rings can provide scientists with information about the earth's past climate. Pupils analyze graphics of simulated tree rings from various US locations for the environmental conditions over the seasons and years. Finally, they visit the My NASA Data website in order to compare their simulation data.
Collaborators sort a set of cards into biotic and abiotic categories. Then, as a class, they discuss their work and relate each of the abiotic components to climate change. Finally, they form a web of components by connecting those that interact. While this may not be the most unique approach to studying impacts of climate change on ecosystems, it is fitting.
How do the moon, sun, and Earth line up to create eclipses? Why do the seasons change throughout a year? The answers to these questions are explained through this series of slides. This apt presentation outlines information using bullet points of information, diagrams, animations, and video explanations. You might want to consider switching out some of the diagrams for crisper versions, but otherwise this PowerPoint will make your world turn!

Seasons on Earth

6th - 12th
Students engage in a multimedia study of the seasons in relation to the sun's angle of incidence on the Earth as it is tilted on its axis. They interpret satellite maps of the world as they show seasonal changes in plant life.
Students consider the role of climate change in the occurrence of vector born diseases such as malaria. In small groups, they research a specific vector to complete an information chart on climate changes in the region where the vector exists, the impact of the change on its habitat and the potential impact on disease transmission.
Eighth graders compare and contrast weather and climate. In this earth science lesson, 8th graders research weather data site and analyze historical data. They present their findings in class and explain identifiable trends.

Seasons on Earth

6th - 12th
Young scholars examine how seasons occur and explore how the different angles effect surface heating.  In this climate lesson students interpret satellite maps of the world that show seasonal differences in plant life. 
In this geography skills worksheet, students respond to 30 multiple choice questions about climate regions found around the world.
Students explore the various global climates and apply cultural adaptations of the peoples in various zones due to climate.

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