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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 ...

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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Mathematics
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
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 ...

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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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Physics
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Data Set
Full Course
Student Guide
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Can you Planet?
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This is an activity about classifying planetary characteristics. Learners will analyze the ...

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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Technology and Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
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Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Interactive
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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 ...

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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Life Science
Atmospheric Science
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Unit of Study
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
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 ...

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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Unit of Study
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Case Study: The Headwaters Controversy
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This textbook chapter presents a real case study involving the the logging ...

This textbook chapter presents a real case study involving the the logging of an old stand forest from three perspectives, that of the environmentalists, the wood products industry, and a politician. An associated writing activity engages students in reviewing the different viewpoints, and writing a "letter to the editor" for or against the logging of old growth forest. This is chapter 3 in the unit, A New World View, which introduces global systems science, emphasizing the concepts of environmental diversity, Earth as a system, and sustainability. The resource includes a textbook chapter, integrated hands-on and inquiry activities, links to current news articles, and a suite of pre- and post-unit assessments. A teacher's guide supports classroom use. The resource is part of Global Systems Science (GSS), an interdisciplinary course for high school students that emphasizes how scientists from a wide variety of fields work together to understand significant problems of global impact.

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Life Science
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Activity/Lab
Textbook
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Champions of a Sustainable World
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This textbook chapter makes the case for preserving desert old growth forests, ...

This textbook chapter makes the case for preserving desert old growth forests, and endangered species. The captive breeding program for the black-footed ferret is presented as a case study. Students learn about conservation practices they can do, such as adopting a species or garden. The chapter includes an authentic unit assessment where students produce an essay on a biodiversity topic. The resource includes a link to current news articles and a teacher's guide. This is the eighth and last chapter in the unit, Losing Biodiversity, examining the endangerment and extinction of entire species of plants and animals throughout the world due to human actions. The resource is part of Global System Science (GSS), an interdisciplinary course for high school students that emphasizes how scientists from a wide variety of fields work together to understand significant problems of global impact.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Textbook
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Charting a Forecast and Following Up
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This is an activity about solar flare activity. Learners will use whole-Sun ...

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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Activity/Lab
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Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Clouds
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In this scenario-based, problem-based learning (PBL) activity, students investigate cloud formation, cloud ...

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
Date Added:
11/09/2017
The Composition of the Earth's Atmosphere
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This textbook chapter describes the properties of greenhouse gases that are being ...

This textbook chapter describes the properties of greenhouse gases that are being added to the atmosphere: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and ozone. Deforestation, industrialization and population growth are presented as reasons why greenhouse gases are increasing in the atmosphere. This is the third chapter in the unit, Climate Change, which addresses the question of how human activities are changing Earth's climate. The resource includes links to current news articles, and a suite of pre and post unit assessments. A teacher's guide supports classroom use. The resource is part of Global Systems Science (GSS), an interdisciplinary course for high school students that emphasizes how scientists from a wide variety of fields work together to understand significant problems of global impact.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Contrails and Climate Change
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In this problem-based learning unit, learners analyze the role of condensation trails ...

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.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
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Unit of Study
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Designing a Spectroscopy Mission
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This is a math-science integrated unit about spectrographs. Learners will find and ...

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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Full Course
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
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 ...

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.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Does The Sun Move?
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This is an activity about modeling the apparent motion of the Sun ...

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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Full Course
Lesson Plan
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Drawing a Sunspot Map
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This is an activity about observing and mapping sunspots by direct solar ...

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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Activity/Lab
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Full Course
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
El Niño
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This textbook chapter describes the processes through which El Niño and La ...

This textbook chapter describes the processes through which El Niño and La Niña conditions emerge. The resource includes an animation of ocean currents, and links to current news articles, and a suite of pre- and post-unit assessments. A teacher's guide supports classroom use. This is the eighth chapter in the unit, Energy Flow, exploring the transfer of energy between the atmosphere, oceans, land, and living things over short and long timescales. The resource is part of Global System Science (GSS), an interdisciplinary course for high school students that emphasizes how scientists from a wide variety of fields work together to understand significant problems of global impact.

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Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Physics
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Textbook
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
The Electromagnetic Spectrum
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This interactive, online module reviews the basics of the the electromagnetic spectrum ...

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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Activity/Lab
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Full Course
Lecture Notes
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
10/13/2017
Elementary GLOBE: Cloudscape
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A learning activity for the "Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?" ...

A learning activity for the "Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?" book in the Elementary GLOBE series. Using information from the book and their observations, students construct a sky scene with trees and buildings as reference points on the ground and cloud types ordered by altitude in the sky. Students will describe clouds using their own vocabulary and will then correlate their descriptions with the standard classifications of cloud types used by the GLOBE Program. The purpose of the activity is to help students identify some of the characteristics of clouds and to enable students to observe clouds, describe them in a common vocabulary, and compare their descriptions with the official cloud names. Students will be able to identify cloud types using standard cloud classification names. They will know that the names used for the clouds are based on three factors: their shapes, the altitude at which they occur, and whether they are producing precipitation.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Ecology
Environmental Science
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
Geography
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Textbook
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NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
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NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Elementary GLOBE: Getting to Know Soil
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A learning activity for the Scoop on Soils book in the Elementary ...

A learning activity for the Scoop on Soils book in the Elementary GLOBE Series. Each student will make predictions about the properties of various soil samples. Then they will examine several types of soils and record their observations. Next, they will learn about soil profiles and horizons by both examining a soil sample in a jar and by creating a soil profile flip chart. The purpose of the activity is to provide the opportunity for students to ask questions and make observations about soil and introduce students to the properties of soil and to the concept of soil profiles and horizons. After completing this activity, students will know about soil's different properties and about soil profiles. Students will know that soils have different properties including texture, color, and size. They will know that soil forms layers based on these properties.

Subject:
Technology and Engineering
Ecology
Environmental Science
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Date Added:
11/09/2017
Elementary GLOBE: Honing in on Hummingbirds
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In this activity, students will record a list of things they already ...

In this activity, students will record a list of things they already know about hummingbirds and a list of things they would like to learn about hummingbirds. Then they will conduct research to find answers to their questions. Using their new knowledge, each student will make a hummingbird out of art supplies. Finally, using their hummingbirds as props, the students will play charades to test each other in their knowledge of the ruby-throated hummingbirds. The purpose of this activity is to provide students with information on ruby-throated hummingbirds, provide students with the opportunity to conduct research on hummingbirds in topic areas that interest them, and to provide students with opportunities to share their knowledge with other students. By completing this activity, students will gain knowledge about ruby-throated hummingbirds. They will also gain experience researching a topic of their choosing related to hummingbirds and communicating those results in several different formats.

Subject:
Ecology
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
GLOBE Teacher's Guide NGSS Aligned Records
Date Added:
10/13/2017