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Are All Stars Like The Sun?
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This is an activity about comparing images of the Sun in different wavelengths of light. Learners will examine solar images taken by the SOHO spacecraft to look for differences in the features that are visible in the various wavelengths of light. This activity requires access to the internet to view or print images of the Sun. This is Activity 7 of the Sun As a Star afterschool curriculum.

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10/13/2017
Can Venus and Mars Be Made Habitable?
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This activity is about planetary climate. Once familiar with the factors that determine a planet's surface temperature, learners will use an interactive spreadsheet model of a planet's atmosphere to determine if greenhouse gases, luminosity of the source, the distance of the planet from the source and the albedo of the planet can be manipulated so that the average surface temperature on Mars or Venus could support human life. Learners will then be asked to make some conclusions about these methods and suggest improvements for the spreadsheet model (see related resources for link to this model). The activity requires use of Microsoft Excel software. This is Activity D in the fourth module, titled "How do Atmospheres Affect Planetary Temperatures?," of "Earth Climate Course: What Determines a Planet's Climate?."

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Atmospheric Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Physics
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
Can you Planet?
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This is an activity about classifying planetary characteristics. Learners will analyze the provided information about each planet in order to make graphs and Venn diagrams. Then, using both, learners will identify similarities and differences of the planets in the Solar System. This is Activity C-11 as part of The Universe At Your Fingertips curriculum, available for purchase.

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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
Carbon City
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Since the Industrial Revolution, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration has risen from ~280ppm (parts per million by volume) to ~390ppm in 2010. The rate of increase for the last decade (2001-2010) has been 2.04ppm/yr, more than double the rate for the 1960's. Most scientists agree that human actions are the primary cause of the increase, the rise in Earth's average temperature since the mid-1900's and recent climate change. In this problem-based learning activity, learners develop a carbon mitigation strategy to address climate change issues. This module was developed to be used in the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) courses for middle and high school teachers and is also available to teachers to adapt for general classroom use.

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Atmospheric Science
Life Science
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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11/09/2017
Carbon Monoxide: An Agent of Change
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This problem-based learning module places learners in the role of researchers analyzing carbon monoxide's environmental impact. Both vehicle emissions and biomass burning are cited as events producing carbon monoxide that impact the environment. Instructions for accessing NASA data from four different sources are provided along with suggested resources and investigations for classroom use. This module was developed to be used in the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) courses for middle and high school teachers and is also available to teachers to adapt for general classroom use.

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Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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11/09/2017
Charting a Forecast and Following Up
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This is an activity about solar flare activity. Learners will use whole-Sun maps of magnetic activity in order to identify possible future magnetic activity. They will take into account the rotation of the Sun and make day-to-day predictions of the overall Earth-side magnetic activity as suspected farside features rotate onto the Earth-side, and as Earth-side features rotate out of view onto the farside. Finally, learners will check the accuracy of their predictions. This activity requires access to the internet to obtain images from the Stanford University solar magnetic map archive from 1996 to 2011 and the GOES X-ray image archive. This is Activity 9 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

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Mathematics
Physics
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NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
Clouds
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In this scenario-based, problem-based learning (PBL) activity, students investigate cloud formation, cloud classification, and the role of clouds in heating and cooling the Earth; how to interpret TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) images and data; and the role clouds play in the Earth’s radiant budget and climate. Students assume the role of weather interns in a state climatology office and assist a frustrated student in a homework assignment. Learning is supported by a cloud in a bottle and an ice-albedo demonstration, a three-day cloud monitoring outdoor activity, and student journal assignments. The hands-on activities require two 2-liter soda bottles, an infrared heat lamp, and two thermometers. The resource includes a teacher's guide, questions and answer key, assessment rubric, glossary, and an appendix with information supporting PBL in the classroom.

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Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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11/09/2017
Contrails and Climate Change
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In this problem-based learning unit, learners analyze the role of condensation trails from jets, or contrails, and their role in climate change. Contrails are thin ice clouds that form from the burning of jet fuel and release of water vapor. The issue with contrails is that narrow trails can spread and coalesce to form significant banks of cirrus-type clouds. Instructions to access NASA data are provided along with additional resources and activities. This module was developed to be used in the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) courses for middle and high school teachers and is also available to teachers to adapt for general classroom use.

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Atmospheric Science
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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11/09/2017
Designing a Spectroscopy Mission
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This is a math-science integrated unit about spectrographs. Learners will find and calculate the angle that light is transmitted through a holographic diffraction grating using trigonometry. After finding this angle, the students will build their own spectrographs in groups and research and design a ground or space-based mission using their creation. After the project is complete, student groups will present to the class on their trials, tribulations, and findings during this process. The activity is part of Project Spectra, a science and engineering program for middle-high school students, focusing on how light is used to explore the Solar System.

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Technology and Engineering
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
Determining What Controls the Temperature of the Land Surface
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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 temperatures between two cities, and determine the factors that are responsible for the difference exhibited between them. The lesson is supported by teacher notes, answer key, glossary and an appendix with information about using PBL in the classroom. This is the third of three activities in Investigating the Climate System: Energy, a Balancing Act, and serves as an authentic assessment for all three modules.

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Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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11/09/2017
Does The Sun Move?
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This is an activity about modeling the apparent motion of the Sun as seen from Earth. Learners will use a flashlight, toothpick, and styrofoam model Sun to mimic the relative shadow motion produced by a sundial. The activity will help learners understand that because the Earth rotates from West to East, the Sun appears to rise in the East and set in the West. This is Activity 6 of the Sun As a Star afterschool curriculum.

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Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
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Lesson Plan
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
Drawing a Sunspot Map
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This is an activity about observing and mapping sunspots by direct solar observation. Learners will use a small telescope, binoculars, or a Sunspotter to create a projected image of the Sun and trace the position of any observed sunspots on a piece of paper. Additionally, learners will mark the direction of the Sun image’s motion. This is Activity 2 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

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Physics
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
The Electromagnetic Spectrum
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This interactive, online module reviews the basics of the the electromagnetic spectrum and makes the connection between radiation theory and the images we get from weather satellites. Students will learn about: the electromagnetic spectrum; electromagnetic waves; the electromagnetic spectrum and radiation theory; and how satellite radiometers "see" different sections of the spectrum. The module is part of an online course for grades 7-12 in satellite meteorology, which includes 10 interactive modules. The site also includes lesson plans developed by teachers and links to related resources. Each module is designed to serve as a stand-alone lesson, however, a sequential approach is recommended. Designed to challenge students through the end of 12th grade, middle school teachers and students may choose to skim or skip a few sections.

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Technology and Engineering
Physics
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
Energy for Me: Sustaining My Community with Renewable Energy
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In this problem-based learning unit, learners explore the possibilities of sustainable energy, and engage in a project to provide electricity for their city using alternative energy sources. Instructions to access NASA data are provided along with additional resources and activities. This module was developed to be used in the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) courses for middle and high school teachers and is also available to teachers to adapt for general classroom use.

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Atmospheric Science
Physics
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Unit of Study
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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11/09/2017
Family Science Night Facilitators Guide
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The 9-session NASA Family Science Night program invites middle school children and their families to discover the wide variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics being performed at NASA and in everyday life. Family Science Night programs explore various themes on the Sun, the Moon, the Stars, and the Universe through fun, hands-on activities, including at-home experiments. Information about Family Science Night implementation and support resources, including the facilitator's guide, are available by registering on the Family Science Night Facilitators website (see Related & Supplemental Resources for link).

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Physics
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
Far Sight
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This is an activity about using what you can see to identify what you cannot see. Learners will examine images of the Sun taken over one complete solar rotation and look for data features that appear on the farside of the Sun which persist at the same location as the Sun rotates to bring that part to the side facing Earth. This activity requires access to the internet to obtain images from the Stanford University solar magnetic map archive from 1996 to 2011. This is Activity 6 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

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Physics
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
Finding Other Effects on the Earth
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This is an activity about cause and effect. Learners will investigate various online sources to find data and other pertinent information regarding reported effects on Earth for the solar events they identified in the previous activities in this curriculum set. Then, they will summarize their findings for this activity as part of the overall Space Weather project. This is Activity 13 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

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Mathematics
Physics
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
Finding Space Weather Events
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This is an activity about searching online data archives for solar wind events. Learners will find at least three episodes of increased solar wind activity impacting Earth using direct measurements of solar wind velocity and density. Then, they will characterize each events by its rise time, the time it takes for the solar wind speed to rise from normal levels to the peak speed of the event, and the percentage increase in solar wind velocity. This is Activity 11 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

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Mathematics
Physics
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
How Can We Find Out About Invisible Light?
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This is an activity about ultraviolet light. Learners will make ultraviolet light detector bracelets and use them to experiment with artificial light and sunlight. Then, they experiment with various sun-blocking materials to see how such materials impact the beads' absorption of ultraviolet light. Special UV detecting beads are required for this activity. This is Activity 3 of the Sun As a Star afterschool curriculum.

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Physics
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
How Can You Study Rain?
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In this problem-based learning activity, students learn about global precipitation patterns. They assume the role of climatologists and teach a newspaper reporter about the scientific method, explore how rainfall patterns impact society using TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) satellite data, and brainstorm needed weather instruments to be built in the future. The resource includes teacher notes, student worksheet, glossary and an appendix introducing problem-based learning. This resource is the third of the 3-part learning module, Investigating the Climate System:Precipitation.

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Technology and Engineering
Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
How Do Scientists Look At The Sun?
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This is an activity about comparing images of the Sun in different wavelengths of light. Learners will examine solar images taken by the SOHO spacecraft to look for differences in the features that are visible in the various wavelengths of light. This activity requires access to the internet to view or print images of the Sun. This is Activity 7 of the Sun As a Star afterschool curriculum.

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Technology and Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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Diagram/Illustration
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Lesson Plan
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
How Does Light Travel?
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This is an activity about how light travels. Learners will perform two experiments. The first explores blocking light to create shadows. The second asks learners to use mirrors to figure out that light travels in a straight line. This is Activity 4 of the Sun As a Star afterschool curriculum. This activity requires use of a room that can be darkened.

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Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
Lesson Plan
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
How a Change in Water Phase Affects Surface Temperatures
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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. Students conduct experiments to observe how a change in water phase affects surface temperatures. Materials required for the investigation include 2 aquariums, dry sand or soil, two heat lamps, and two thermometers.The lesson is supported by teacher notes, answer key, glossary and an appendix with information about using PBL in the classroom. This is the second of three activities in Investigating the Climate System: Energy, a Balancing Act.

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Atmospheric Science
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
How are Intensity and Distribution of Rainfall Determined?
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In this problem-based learning activity, students learn how the intensity and distribution of rainfall and the structure of clouds are critical information for flight navigators. Students assume the role of climatologists and assist a newspaper reporter in determining the veracity of a pilot's statement about weather conditions he encountered in flight using TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) satellite data. The resource includes teacher notes, student worksheet, glossary and an appendix introducing problem-based learning. This resource is the second of the 3-part learning module, Investigating the Climate System:Precipitation.

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Technology and Engineering
Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
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11/09/2017
How are Rainfall Rates Measured?
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In this problem-based learning activity, students learn about weather forecasting and the role of the TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) satellite in data collection. Assuming the role of climatologists, students assist a reporter in determining the accuracy of weather predictions published in The Old Farmer's Almanac. The lesson requires a street map of the local community, acetate sheets to cover the map, materials needed to build a homemade rain gauge, and sample pages of the almanac. Teacher notes, student worksheet, glossary and an appendix introducing problem-based learning are included. This resource is the first of the 3-part learning module, Investigating the Climate System: Precipitation.

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Technology and Engineering
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
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11/09/2017
The Hunt
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This is an activity about using what you can see to identify what you cannot see. Learners will use the criteria they developed in the previous activity in this sequence and analyze whole Sun magnetic map data sets in order to find suspected sunspots on the far side of the Sun. This is Activity 7 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

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Physics
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Activity/Lab
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Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
Infectious Disease and Climate Change: Is Climate Change Responsible for the Spread of West Nile Virus?
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Temperature increases associated with global climate change have led to concerns that infectious diseases common in warmer tropical and subtropical climates may become more common in warming middle altitudes. In this problem-based learning module, learners investigate the connections between disease and climate change. Additional resources and activities are also provided. This module was developed to be used in the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) courses for middle and high school teachers and is also available to teachers to adapt for general classroom use.

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Atmospheric Science
Life Science
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Unit of Study
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
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11/09/2017
Introduction to Magnetism
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This is an activity about magnetism. Learners will experiment using horseshoe and bar magnets along with various materials in order to identify the effects of magnets on each other and on other materials. This is the third activity as part of the iMAGiNETICspace: Where Imagination, Magnetism, and Space Collide educator's guide. Instructions for downloading the iBook educator's guide and the associated Transmedia book student guide are available at the resource link.

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Technology and Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
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Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Interactive
Lecture Notes
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
MRC: Research Tools and Skills Grade 6-8
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This is a lesson about how to learn about Mars. Learners will explore the features of Mars through a demonstration of Google Earth Mars, gather, and analyze data from multiple sources on the internet as well as print sources, develop and use strategies for reading informational text to systematically find information, understand that Earth and Mars have similar geological features. The lesson uses the 5E instructional model and includes: TEKS Details (Texas Standards alignment), Essential Question, Science Notebook, Vocabulary Definitions for Students, Vocabulary Definitions for Teachers, two Vocabulary Cards, and a reading strategy supplement. This is lesson 3 as part of the Mars Rover Celebration Unit, a six week long curriculum.

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Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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11/09/2017
Measuring Solar Rotation - Solar Latitude/Longitude Method
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This is an activity about the period of the Sun's rotation. Learners will use image of the Sun from the SOHO spacecraft and a transparent latitude/ longitude grid called a Stonyhurst Disk to track the motion of sunspots in terms of degrees of longitude. Using this angular motion measurement, learners will then calculate the sunspot’s angular velocity in order to determine the rotation period of the Sun. This activity requires access to the internet to obtain images from the SOHO image archive. This is Activity 4 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

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Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
Modeling Hot and Cold Planets: Activity B Experimenting with Computer Models
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In this activity, students pose several hypotheses for what will happen if you continue heating or supplying energy to the hot and cold planet models (Mercury, Mars, Venus, and Earth) and then test their hypotheses using a spreadsheet based radiation balance model. The activity supports investigation of a real world challenge, experimenting with life support conditions for Mars at an Arctic outpost. The interactive model runs are conducted using a Java applet. This resource includes student worksheets, assessment questions and a teacher's guide. This is Activity B in module 2, Modeling hot and cold planets, of the resource, Earth Climate Course: What Determines a Planet's Climate? The course aims to help students to develop an understanding of our environment as a system of human and natural processes that result in changes that occur over various space and time scales.

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Atmospheric Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
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Data Set
Full Course
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
Modeling Sunspot Motion
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This is an activity about solar rotation and sunspot motion. Learners will use a sphere or ball to model the Sun and compare the observed lateral motion of sunspots to their line-of-sight motion. This is Activity 1 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

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Physics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Full Course
Lesson Plan
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
Monitoring the Global Environment
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In this online, interactive module, students learn how enhanced Earth remote-sensing capabilities are used by dozens of satellites that are continuously collecting data from multiple vantage points. This allows scientists from different countries to transcend political and geographical boundaries by sharing data and ideas towards the common mission of caring for planet Earth. The module is part of an online course for grades 7-12 in satellite meteorology, which includes 10 interactive modules. The site also includes lesson plans developed by teachers and links to related resources. Each module is designed to serve as a stand-alone lesson, however, a sequential approach is recommended. Designed to challenge students through the end of 12th grade, middle school teachers and students may choose to skim or skip a few sections.

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Technology and Engineering
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Unit of Study
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Phytoplankton Blooms and Ocean Warming
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In this problem-based learning module, learners study phytoplankton blooms along the U.S. coast. Phytoplankton form the basis of the marine food web, regulate carbon in the atmosphere, and are responsible for half of the photosynthesis that takes place on the planet. Studying phytoplankton blooms is one way that scientists monitor the effects of climate change. Instructions are provided to access NASA data along with additional resources and activities. This module was developed to be used in the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) courses for middle and high school teachers and is also available to teachers to adapt for general classroom use.

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Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Life Science
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Unit of Study
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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11/09/2017
Picture Post
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The Picture Post Network involves individuals, schools, organizations and communities in a systematic monitoring project of their local environment, especially vegetation health. Digital photographs - taken from the same location and positioned in the same direction and orientation - allow individuals, schools, organizations, communities and scientists to monitor a variety of environmental parameters, including plant health, growth, and phenology; erosion and deposition; water levels; and cloud and canopy cover. Participants study change over time in their local area, view NASA satellite imagery on the same days as the pictures, and contribute towards improving their own communities. The website provides instructions for participating, including planning and installing a picture post, monitoring projects, and taking and uploading pictures, and a repository of images. Picture Posts may be added by anyone interested in monitoring a particular location. Currently, Picture Posts sites are active at science centers, schoolyards and gardens, local parks, and nature reserves.

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Atmospheric Science
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Diagram/Illustration
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
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10/16/2017
Planet Watch 2000
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In this problem-based learning activity, students are presented with the scenario that they are representatives of an organization that is tasked with evaluating the potential effects of a warming climate on New England forests. Student worksheets, teacher guide, and assessment rubric are included. The resource is part of Forests: A Sticky Situation, from the lesson series The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change.

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Atmospheric Science
Life Science
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Activity/Lab
Lecture Notes
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
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11/09/2017
Relative Sunspot Number (RSN)
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This is an activity about assessing magnetic activity on the Sun as astronomers do. Learners will select and compare five visible light solar images and identify and label each individual sunspot group. Then, learners will count all possible sunspots from each group and use both counts in a standard equation to calculate the Relative Sunspot Number for each respective solar image. This activity requires access to the internet to obtain images from the SOHO image archive. This is Activity 8 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

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Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
STEM412: Global Climate Change Education for Middle School
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This online, facilitated course is designed for middle-school educators wishing to teach global climate change using an inquiry/problem-based approach. Teachers access the course by registering with PBS TeacherLine and enrolling in the course. The course supports teaching global climate change using a problem-solving approach and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) methodology to engage middle-school students and help them understand the causes and effects of climate change and learn about the differences between climate and weather and how actions and nature affect the environment. The course includes pedagogic support for educators who are interested in using Web 2.0 tools when teaching about climate change in the classroom. Enhance content knowledge of climate change and learn how to effectively implement STEM instructional strategies using resources from NASA and WGBH’s Teachers’ Domain.

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Atmospheric Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Satellite Images
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In this online, interactive module, students learn about the three types of satellite images (visible, infrared, and water vapor); how to identify basic cloud types and storm systems in satellite images; and demonstrate the basic knowledge necessary to interpret satellite observations. The module is part of an online course for grades 7-12 in satellite meteorology, which includes 10 interactive modules. The site also includes lesson plans developed by teachers and links to related resources. Each module is designed to serve as a stand-alone lesson, however, a sequential approach is recommended. Designed to challenge students through the end of 12th grade, middle school teachers and students may choose to skim or skip a few sections.

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Technology and Engineering
Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Unit of Study
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
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10/13/2017
Satellite Winds
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In this online, interactive module, students learn about the using successive satellite observations of clouds to determine wind direction and speed. The module is part of an online course for grades 7-12 in satellite meteorology, which includes 10 interactive modules. The site also includes lesson plans developed by teachers and links to related resources. Each module is designed to serve as a stand-alone lesson, however, a sequential approach is recommended. Designed to challenge students through the end of 12th grade, middle school teachers and students may choose to skim or skip a few sections.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Atmospheric Science
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Unit of Study
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Solar Week Tuesday: Learn about Solar Close-Ups
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This is a reading associated with activities during Solar Week, a twice-yearly event in March and October during which classrooms are able to interact with scientists studying the Sun. Outside of Solar Week, information, activities, and resources are archived and available online at any time. Learners will read about how scientists observe the Sun using imagery and telescopes. Links to other online resources are included. This activity is scheduled to occur during Tuesday of Solar Week.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/10/2017
Space Weather: Doing a Little Research
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This is an activity about space weather. Learners will use the Internet, print, video, CDROM, or other sources of information to research the answers to questions specifically related to solar wind and its impact on Earth. This is Activity 10 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Spot Plots
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This is an activity about measurement. Learners will label key points and features on a rectangular equal-area map and measure the distance between pairs of points in order to calculate the actual physical distance on the Sun that the point pairs represent. This is Activity 5 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Sulfur Dioxide: Its Role in Climate Change
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In this problem-based learning activity, learners investigate impact of sulfur dioxide on the environment. Sulfur dioxide comes from both human activities and natural sources. Burning coal and other fossil fuels is the largest source of sulfur dioxide from human activities. Students have a choice of analyzing the impact of volcanoes’ emissions of sulfur dioxide on the environment; they can also investigate the idea of injecting sulfates into the atmosphere to counteract global warming. Instructions to access NASA data are provided along with additional resources and activities. This module was developed to be used in the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) courses for middle and high school teachers and is also available to teachers to adapt for general classroom use.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Sunspots
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In this problem-based learning activity, learners explore the significance of sunspots on the Earth's climate. Sunspots are temporary phenomena on the photosphere of the Sun that appear visibly as dark spots compared to surrounding regions. During periods of low sunspot activity, the sun’s irradiance decreases. Although this decrease is small, it appears that various feedback mechanisms can amplify the impact. Instructions to access NASA data are provided along with additional resources and activities. This module was developed to be used in the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) courses for middle and high school teachers and is also available to teachers to adapt for general classroom use.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Thermal Islands
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In this problem-based learning unit, students learn about the causes and impacts of urban heat islands. Numerous studies have shown how concrete pavements and buildings retain heat in cities, making cities several degrees warmer than the surrounding countryside. Students investigate the role of cities in our climate, specifically how the urban heat island affects climate. Instructions to access NASA data are provided along with additional resources and activities. This module was developed for use in the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA) professional development courses for middle and high school teachers and is also available to teachers to adapt for general classroom use. See Related & Supplemental URLs for a demo course showing how this module is integrated into an ESSEA course for teachers.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Physics
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Three New Satellites: Suomi NPP, JPSS, and GOES-R
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This module guides students through some relatively new satellite meteorology satellites. It is part of an online course for grades 7-12 in satellite meteorology, which includes 10 modules with numerous interactives. The site also includes lesson plans developed by teachers and links to related resources. Each module is designed to serve as a stand-alone lesson, however, a sequential approach is recommended. Designed to challenge students through the end of 12th grade, middle school teachers and students may choose to skim or skip a few sections.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Unit of Study
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Tracking the Solar Wind Event to Its Source
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This is an activity about cause and effect. Learners will calculate the approximate travel time of each solar wind event identified in the previous activity in this set to estimate the time at which the disturbance would have left the Sun. Then, they will examine solar images in an attempt to identify the event on the Sun that may have caused the specific solar wind episode. This is Activity 12 of the Space Weather Forecast curriculum.

Subject:
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Understanding the Absorption of Energy at the Surface of the Earth
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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. Students conduct experiments to determine the role of albedo in surface warming by investigating the temperature of a variety of surfaces in the environment. The activity should be conducted on a sunny day. Materials required for the investigation include thermometers and paper cups. The lesson is supported by teacher notes, answer key, glossary and an appendix with information about using PBL in the classroom. This is the first of three activities in Investigating the Climate System: Energy, a Balancing Act.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Weather Forecasting
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In this online, interactive module, students will learn how to interpret weather patterns from satellite images, predict storm paths and forecast the weather for their area. The module is part of an online course for grades 7-12 in satellite meteorology, which includes 10 interactive modules. The site also includes lesson plans developed by teachers and links to related resources. Each module is designed to serve as a stand-alone lesson, however, a sequential approach is recommended. Designed to challenge students through the end of 12th grade, middle school teachers and students may choose to skim or skip a few sections.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Unit of Study
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Weather Satellite and Orbits
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In this interactive, online module, students learn about satellite orbits (geostationary and polar), remote-sensing satellite instruments (radiometers and sounders), satellite images, and the math and physics behind satellite technology. The module is part of an online course for grades 7-12 in satellite meteorology, which includes 10 interactive modules. The site also includes lesson plans developed by teachers and links to related resources. Each module is designed to serve as a stand-alone lesson, however, a sequential approach is recommended. Designed to challenge students through the end of 12th grade, middle school teachers and students may choose to skim or skip a few sections.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Unit of Study
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
What Can We Learn About The Sun From Shadows?
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This is an activity about light and shadow. Learners will make outdoor sundials. They will use the sundial and the length of the shadow that is cast to explore the relationship between the size and position of the shadows and the position of the Sun in the sky. to measure the lengths of the shadows made directly by the Sun at various times. The activity requires access to a sunny outdoor location. This is Activity 5 of the Sun As a Star afterschool curriculum.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
What Colors Are In White Light?
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This is an activity about light. Learners will make their own spectroscopes from easily obtainable materials and use prisms to observe different types of white light sources to see the colors that form the visible light spectrum. This is Activity 2 of the Sun As a Star afterschool curriculum.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
What Do We Know About The Sun?
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This is an activity about what individuals already know about the Sun. Learners will brainstorm and share with the group their prior knowledge about the Sun. This is Activity 1 of the Sun As a Star afterschool curriculum.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Where are We in the Solar System?
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This is a set of three activities about the distance to Saturn. Learners will use simple props to create a playground model for size and distance for the Sun, Earth, and Saturn - then walk on their scale model to Saturn. Includes a glossary, information for families, and guidance for deepening the science. This is lesson 2 of 8 in the Jewel of the Solar System: From Out-of-School to Outer Space an adaptation for afterschool programs of the Cassini-Huygens educational product Reading, Writing, and Rings.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Winds
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In this problem-based learning (PBL) scenario, students prepare a presentation for investors showing how their fishing company has a significant advantage because it locates upwelling zones and fishing areas using TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) and other satellite data. Prior to launching the PBL, students learn about wind: the topics of air pressure, coriolis effect, upwelling and the role of differential heating on the atmosphere are explored in classroom demonstrations. Materials required include a beaker, coffee grounds, drinking straw, balloon, flashlight, and turntable. The resource includes teacher background information, glossary, assessment rubric, and an appendix introducing problem-based learning.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017