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Air Quality: More than Meets the Eye
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In this module, students engage in a visual demonstration on the causes & effects of air pollutants on air quality and kinesthetic activities on particulate matter & visibility.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
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Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
01/01/2014
Animal Tracks Can Illuminate Many Things: A Detective Exercise
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Having students follow animal tracks (even just people, dogs, or squirrels) and investigating how tracks are made is a fun and exciting way to develop critical thinking, measurement, and graphing skills.

Subject:
Applied Science
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
01/01/2014
Antarctic Life & Albedo
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In this lesson, students explore the importance of albedo (or reflectivity) to penguins and the surfaces they inhabit and learn how penguin colonies may be mapped using satellites.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
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Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
12/01/2020
Arctic Feedbacks: Not All Warming Is Equal
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In this middle school and high school unit, students engage with 360° virtual reality tours, authentic Arctic datasets, and app-based labs to construct models and explanations for the unit driving question, "Why might the Arctic be warming twice as fast as the rest of the world?"

Subject:
Applied Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
06/25/2020
Are Other Parts of the World Getting Hotter?
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In this lesson, students investigate whether other parts of the world are changing and getting hotter just like Colorado.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/05/2018
Carbon Gases CSI: Mobile Lab, Methane & More
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During this module, students take a virtual mobile lab drive with scientists to investigate and learn about atmospheric carbon gases, their sources, and impacts on air quality.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
01/01/2014
Colorado Drought
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Humans have been affected by severe drought throughout history; in this lesson students explore this concept by analyzing environmental data to classify patterns and practice communicating their findings.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
05/25/2020
Colorado Flood
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The way we choose to design our communities has impacted community risk and vulnerability to flooding; in this lesson students will explore this concept by analyzing environmental data to classify patterns and practice communicating their findings.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/18/2020
Colorado Wildfire
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Wildfires are occurring more frequently and increasing in size in the western US; in this lesson students will explore this concept by analyzing environmental data to find patterns and practice communicating their findings.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/19/2020
Communicate Existing Plans
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In this sub-unit, students will learn more about their community’s resilience plans, choose a specific topic to focus on, and develop a product to communicate the plan to their peers and/or their community.

Subject:
Applied Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
05/25/2020
Community Resilience Expo Overview
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The Community Resilience Expo is a culminating event for the HEART Force curriculum, where students will develop and present original ideas to increase resilience in their community.

Subject:
Applied Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
08/01/2019
Creating a Compass from a Magnet
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In this lesson, students create a compass and apply their reasoning about magnetism to how compasses work to help us navigate around the globe while utilizing the Earth’s magnetic field.

Subject:
Applied Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
01/01/2014
DISCOVER-AQ Curriculum Overview
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The DISCOVER-AQ curriculum integrates real-word research with real-life learning to answer the question: What are the causes and effects of air quality issues and how do they affect human health and the environment?

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
01/01/2014
Data Analysis: Introduction to Measurement, Error, and Outliers
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In this lesson, students measure and compare the rate of a falling object (a penny) at different heights to learn about statistical error.

Subject:
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
01/01/2014
Design a Resilient Future
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In this lesson, students will work in small groups to develop an idea to increase community resilience, utilizing Design Thinking.

Subject:
Applied Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
08/01/2019
Do you really want to visit the Arctic?
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This jigsaw activity introduces students with Arctic weather data using a role-playing activity that has students read and interpret graphs while considering the optimal time to plan a research mission to the Arctic.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/28/2014
Envisioning a Resilient Future
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In this lesson, students create a vision for the future of their community and identify what resources are most important to them as a starting point for resilience planning.

Subject:
Applied Science
Life Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
08/01/2019
Exploring Arctic Climate Data
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In this activity, students use authentic Arctic climate data to explore albedo and its relationship to seasonal snowmelt as a self-reinforcing feedback mechanism, which is then applied to large scale global climate change.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/28/2014
Exploring the Arctic
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This activity introduces students to the Arctic and Arctic climate. Through a virtual exploration of the geography of the Arctic students become familiar with the region. They are then introduced to meteorological parameters that Arctic research teams use.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/28/2014
Exploring the New and Old Arctic
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In this middle school and high school unit, students compare and constrast Arctic expeditions of the past (1893-1896 Fram expedition) and the present (2019-2020 MOSAiC expedition) to prepare for the Arctic of the future.

Subject:
Applied Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
06/18/2020
Filmmaking: Post-production
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This lesson teaches students about editing films and respecting licensed materials, while also ensuring they receive the support they need to ensure completion of their films.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
01/01/2017
Filmmaking: Pre-Production
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This lesson has students explore science content, decide on the topic for their film, and do all the preparatory work before filming begins.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
01/01/2017
Filmmaking: Production
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In this lesson, students film interviews with content experts as well as additional B-roll footage, and film mentors help students find existing footage and media to supplement their films.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
01/01/2017
The Future of Forests
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In this MS/HS unit supported by NASA, students engage with online interactives, authentic datasets, and citizen science protocols to construct models and explanations for the unit driving question, "How do landscapes recover after a wildfire?"

Subject:
Applied Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
02/25/2021
Geomagnetism in the MESA Classroom: An Essential Science for Modern Society
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Students explore geomagnetism with compasses, navigation exercises, and a geo-caching activity and explore aurora and space weather, with an optional field trip to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
01/01/2013
HEART Force Curriculum Overview
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The HEART Force curriculum builds understanding of wildfire, flood, or drought in the context of place-based community resilience.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
05/25/2020
HEART Force Drought Game
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In this interactive game, students work in three "resilience teams" to solve community challenges that arise during the course of an extreme drought event by using available individual and community resources.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Game
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
08/01/2019
HEART Force Flood Game
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This interactive game has students work in three “zone response teams” to solve community challenges that arise during the course of an extreme flooding event by using available individual and community resources.

Subject:
Physical Science
Material Type:
Game
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
08/01/2019
HEART Force Wildfire Game
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In this interactive game, students work in three “zone response teams” to solve community challenges that arise during the course of a wildfire event by using available individual and community resources.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Game
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
08/01/2019
Habitat for Stream Insects
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This activity encourages students to collect data to answer questions, explore the roles of individual macroinvertebrates in aquatic ecosystems, and think about the health of aquatic ecosystems relative to the macroinvertebrates found.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
01/01/2014
How Can We Decrease Our Impact on the Earth’s Climate at our School?
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In this design challenge lesson students explore the Denver Public School District’s solid waste plan and discuss how their school can save or decrease emissions by reducing solid waste at our school.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/07/2018
How Can We Present Solutions for Food Waste and Emissions at School?
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This lesson provides guidance for students to create and practice a presentation about design challenge results that they developed in the previous unit lessons and how to present it to the school administration.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/07/2018
How Can We Reduce Emissions Associated with Food Waste in Our School?
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In this activity students utilize collected data and propose solutions to mitigate food waste in their school.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/07/2018
How Can We Understand Waste and Emissions in Our School's Food System?
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This lesson outlines for students how to design and carry out an investigation to audit their school’s food waste system.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Date Added:
04/07/2018