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6.3 Weather, Climate & Water Cycling - Unit Overview
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This unit on weather, climate, and water cycling is broken into four separate lesson sets. In the first two lesson sets, students explain small-scale storms. In the third and fourth lesson sets, students explain mesoscale weather systems and climate-level patterns of precipitation. Each of these two parts of the unit is grounded in a different anchoring phenomenon.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
OpenSciEd
Date Added:
03/19/2020
Adopting Sustainable Food Practices
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Hear about how respect for Earth can help us attain a more sustainable lifestyle in the face of climate change in this video segment adapted from United Tribes Technical College.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
NASA
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
03/19/2012
Alaska Native Pilots
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In this video adapted from Storyknife Productions, Alaska Native pilots share how they use traditional knowledge to read the landscape and predict the weather.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
11/04/2008
Alaska Native Teens Help Researchers
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In this video adapted from KUAC-TV and the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska Native students contribute to research on how their environment is changing as a result of global warming.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
11/04/2008
Alaska Tsunami
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In this video adapted from Alaska Sea Grant, discover why multiple tsunamis resulted from the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Oceanography
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
11/04/2008
Anatomy of a Raindrop
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This short video (~2 minutes) explains how a raindrop falls through the atmosphere and why a more accurate look at raindrops can improve estimates of global precipitation. This information is important to scientists working on the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission - understanding the micro world of raindrops provides insight to scientists about the macro world of storms.

Subject:
Mathematics
Atmospheric Science
Physics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Anatomy of a Tsunami
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Tsunami waves can be distinguished from ordinary ocean waves by many factors, including the tremendous amount of energy they carry, the great distance between their wave crests, and their capacity to travel at jetliner speeds across an entire ocean. In this interactive from NOVA Online, explore how the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami -- the deadliest in recorded history -- was triggered, how its waves traveled thousands of kilometers largely unchanged, and what happened once the waves reached coastlines both near and far from their source. Grades 6-12

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Geology
Oceanography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
10/21/2005
Antarctic Ice Movement: Part I
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This video segment adapted from NOVA explains why ice sheets move. To find out how fast they move, scientists carve a tunnel through a glacier.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
Antarctic Ice: Sea Level Change
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What would happen if a portion of the Antarctic Ice Sheet were to melt? This video segment adapted from NOVA uses animations to show the effect of a 6-meter sea-level rise on coastal cities across the world.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
Antarctica: A Challenging Work Day
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What happens when the ground under your feet is ice and it's moving? This video segment adapted from NOVA features some of the dangers faced by scientists conducting research in Antarctica.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
Antarctica: Sea Ice
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This video segment adapted from NOVA uses microwave images to reveal how sea ice doubles the size of Antarctica each winter. Rare footage shows how sea ice crushed the famous ship Endurance in 1914.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Oceanography
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
Arctic Sea Ice Satellite Observations
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In this interactive activity produced for Teachers' Domain, learn how Arctic sea ice has changed over the past 25 years in terms of maximum winter extent, concentration, and the timing of breakup each spring.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
01/17/2008
Avalanche Town
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The impact of natural disasters is made vivid in this video segment adapted from NOVA. A small town in Iceland, prepared for recurrent avalanches, is devastated when one takes a new and damaging path.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
Berkeley Unified School District: Garden-Based Learning Curriculum
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This curriculum builds upon many years of educating students in the garden and scales up content across grades and lessons for instructional scaffolding. It is designed as an interactive teaching tool to be co-taught with classroom teachers and garden instructors as leads. Each lesson connects directly to standards: Next Generation Science, Common Core State, Physical Education, and Environmental and Health Education. The concise and easy to-follow lessons are a packed 45 minutes for preschool through fifth grade. Flexibility is important, so some lessons include several activities that teachers can choose from to accommodate their lesson plans. Consistency is also important, so lessons follow themes and structures found in the Curriculum Map. 360 pages.

Subject:
Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Berkeley Unified School District
Date Added:
09/01/2015
Biology
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Biology is designed for multi-semester biology courses for science majors. It is grounded on an evolutionary basis and includes exciting features that highlight careers in the biological sciences and everyday applications of the concepts at hand. To meet the needs of today’s instructors and students, some content has been strategically condensed while maintaining the overall scope and coverage of traditional texts for this course. Instructors can customize the book, adapting it to the approach that works best in their classroom. Biology also includes an innovative art program that incorporates critical thinking and clicker questions to help students understand—and apply—key concepts.

Subject:
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
08/22/2012
Biology, Ecology, Ecosystems, Biogeochemical Cycles
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By the end of this section, you will be able to:Discuss the biogeochemical cycles of water, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfurExplain how human activities have impacted these cycles and the potential consequences for Earth

Subject:
Applied Science
Life Science
Biology
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
Rice University
Provider Set:
OpenStax College
Date Added:
07/10/2017
"Biome" in a Baggie
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This ZOOM video segment shows how to create a self-contained environment and explores evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Hydrology
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/26/2003
Biomes
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This interactive resource adapted from NASA describes the different temperature, precipitation, and vegetation patterns in seven biomes: coniferous forest, temperate deciduous forest, desert, grassland, rainforest, shrubland, and tundra.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
CO2 Concentrations at Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii
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This resource, adapted from the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, provides a graph of monthly average carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration from 1958 to 2000 at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
10/21/2005
Can I get a drink.. of water?
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Water is a limited resource that we use over and over again. The idea is to teach the science behind the water cycle, where water comes from and is located on the Earth. After research and developing and understanding of conservation students will create a water tower that will collect and store rainwater. Students will also create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on water conservation.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
Lane County STEM Hub
Provider Set:
Content in Context SuperLessons
Date Added:
05/15/2016
Can You Catch the Water?
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Students construct three-dimensional models of water catchment basins using everyday objects to form hills, mountains, valleys and water sources. They experiment to see where rain travels and collects, and survey water pathways to see how they can be altered by natural and human activities. Students discuss how engineers design structures that impact water collection, as well as systems that clean and distribute water.

Subject:
Engineering
Hydrology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Janet Yowell
Jay Shah
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Capturing Carbon
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In this video segment adapted from NOVA scienceNOW, a scientist, inspired by his daughter's science fair project, develops a synthetic tree to remove excess carbon dioxide from the air.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Teachers' Domain
Author:
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
HHMI
National Science Foundation
Public Television Viewers
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
08/20/2008
Capturing Carbon: Where Do We Put It?
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In this interactive activity from NOVA scienceNOW, explore options for storing carbon dioxide in order to prevent further global warming.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
HHMI
National Science Foundation
Public Television Viewers
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
08/20/2008
Carbon-Fiber Car of the Future
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In this video segment adapted from NOVA, find out how cars made of a material stronger than steel and half the weight can help combat climate change.

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
08/26/2008
Caves and Karst
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This interactive resource adapted from the National Park Service presents the key concepts of cave and karst systems, including how and where they form, different types, and various cave environments.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Chemistry
Geology
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
Changing Arctic Landscape
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In this video adapted from the Arctic Athabaskan Council, learn how warmer temperatures in the Arctic are transforming the landscape, triggering a host of effects such as permafrost thawing and insect infestations.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
01/17/2008
Chasing Tornadoes
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In this video segment adapted from NOVA, scientists are on the hunt for tornadoes. Using Doppler radar, they gather data in the hopes of solving the mystery of how tornadoes form.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
Chemist and Biologist Catherine Drennan
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In this video produced for Teachers' Domain, learn about MIT professor Cathy Drennan's research into microorganisms that remove carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
Amgen Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/08/2009
Climate Change Impacts Alaska Glaciers
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This video adapted from KTOO takes a look at Earth's warming and cooling cycles and the current atypical trend of warming that is impacting the glaciers in Alaska's Inside Passage.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
11/04/2008
Climate Wisconsin: Forestry
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Learn how a family farm in Wisconsin functions and how it is impacted by climate change in this multimedia video produced by the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Educational Communications Board
Wisconsin ECB
Date Added:
11/23/2010
Climate and Human Evolution
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In this video segment adapted from NOVA: Becoming Human, learn how the analysis of rock layers and ocean sediments supports the theory that rapid climate change may have jump-started human evolution two million years ago.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media Common Core Collection
Author:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
09/22/2010
Cloud Types
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This interactive resource, adapted from NASA's S'COOL Project Tutorial, explains how you can classify and identify various types of clouds.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
10/21/2005
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.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Oceanography
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Clouds and Currents
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Learn about cloud formations over the Sierra Nevada Mountains in this video from Nature.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
Canon
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
SC Johnson
WNET
Date Added:
11/12/2008
Common Misconceptions About States and Changes of Matter and the Water Cycle
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This article lists common misconceptions about states and changes of matter and the water cycle. It provides formative assessment probes and information about teaching for conceptual change.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Consequences of Climate Change: Lessons about Water Availability and Extreme Weather
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This article from the free online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle provides appropriate science lessons for Grades K-5. The focus is on acquainting young learners with climate-change concepts that are not too complex for their grade level and will not frighten them. In each issue, the magazine develops articles around one of the seven essential principles of climate science. The author believes early lessons about water availability and extreme weather events will prepare students for complex climate concepts they will encounter in later grades.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
05/30/2012
Content Differentiation in 3rd Grade Science
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Dr. Royce observes a lesson on water evaporation in Ms. Maronpots class, gives her feedback, and visits again one week later. See the changes Ms. M makes in her lesson before and after the visit.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Teaching Channel
Provider Set:
Teaching Channel
Date Added:
02/25/2013
Convective Cloud Systems
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This video segment adapted from the Atmospheric Radiation Program explains the differences in the formation of tropical convective cloud systems over islands and over the ocean.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Astronomy
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Teachers' Domain
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005