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All About Earth's Climate
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In this informational text, elementary school readers learn about the difference between weather and climate and about components of the climate system. The text can be used to practice visualizing and other comprehension strategies. Available in K-2 and 3-5 grade bands and as an illustrated book as well as a text document, the story appears in the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle.

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Arts and Humanities
Education
Reading Informational Text
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
05/30/2012
Asking Questions, All the Time
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The ability to ask and answer questions while reading is essential to comprehension. This article discusses instructional strategies used to teach questioning and provides many online resources. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which explores the seven essential principles of the climate sciences for teachers in k-grade 5 classrooms.

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Education
Reading Informational Text
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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
05/30/2012
Buckets of Fun with Argument-Driven Inquiry in Your School Library!
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A new instructional model, called Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI), is introduced to elementary teachers in this article. The author shows how school librarians and classroom teachers can collaborate to help students construct and communicate evidence, or arguments. Evidence buckets, a collaborative activity, and related online resources are presented. The article appears in the free online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which is structured around the seven essential principles of climate literacy.

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Arts and Humanities
Education
Reading Informational Text
Mathematics
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Marcia Mardis
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
05/30/2012
Build and Test a Model Solar House
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Construct and measure the energy efficiency and solar heat gain of a cardboard model house. Use a light bulb heater to imitate a real furnace and a temperature sensor to monitor and regulate the internal temperature of the house. Use a bright bulb in a gooseneck lamp to model sunlight at different times of the year, and test the effectiveness of windows for passive solar heating.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
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Concord Consortium
Provider Set:
Concord Consortium Collection
Author:
The Concord Consortium
Date Added:
05/16/2012
Building a Bungee Jump
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A bungee jump involves jumping from a tall structure while connected to a large elastic cord. Design a bungee jump that is "safe" for a hard-boiled egg. Create a safety egg harness and connect it to a rubber band, which is your the "bungee cord." Finally, attach your bungee cord to a force sensor to measures the forces that push or pull your egg.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
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Concord Consortium
Provider Set:
Concord Consortium Collection
Author:
The Concord Consortium
Date Added:
05/21/2012
Buildings and Earthquakes
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Earthquakes happen when forces in the Earth cause violent shaking of the ground. Earthquakes can be very destructive to buildings and other man-made structures. Design and build various types of buildings, then test your buildings for earthquake resistance using a shake table and a force sensor that measures how hard a force pushes or pulls your building.

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Engineering
Education
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
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Concord Consortium
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Concord Consortium Collection
Author:
The Concord Consortium
Date Added:
05/21/2012
Collecting Climate Data
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This professional development article identifies resources that show young learners (K-grade 5) how scientists study Earth's climate and make predictions. The online lessons either allow students to collect and analyze data or learn about tools and technologies that make data collection possible. The lessons are aligned with national content standards for science education. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which examines the recognized essential principles of climate literacy and the climate sciences for elementary teachers and their students.

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Education
Mathematics
Physics
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Data Set
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
05/30/2012
Cosmic Classifier
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This interactive, online activity allows students to examine the Hubble Deep Field image and simulate the process astronomers have gone through to classify the objects in it. Students classify select objects in the image based on observable properties such as color and shape. Students then compare their classifications to those made by astronomers. Upon completion of this activity, students will have classified objects in the Hubble Deep Field, described their characteristics, and used a table to display their data. Students can work through the activity independently or in groups. Teachers also may choose to have students prepare oral reports based on what they learned after performing the activity. Detailed teacher pages, identified as Teaching Tips on the title page of the activity, provide science background information, lesson plan ideas, related resources, and alignment with national education standards. This activity is part of the online exploration "The Hubble Deep Field Academy" that is available on the Amazing Space website.

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Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Interactive
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Earth's Changing Climate: How Do We Know What We Know?
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This article provides background information that will help teachers present the science associated with the study of climate, past, present and future. The magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle is structured around the recognized principles of climate literacy. The author explains the science concepts included in the principle related to climate study and research and also identifies additional sources of information.

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Education
Mathematics
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
05/30/2012
Earth's Climate Changes: Virtual Bookshelf
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This list of carefully selected books for grades K-5 highlights nonfiction about climate proxies, those preserved physical characteristics, such as fossils, that scientists use to reconstruct past climates. Also highlighted are a few books that provide information about two past climatic events -- the last ice age and the Dust Bowl. In each issue of the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, the virtual bookshelf recommends books that accurately portray the theme drawn from the principles of climate sciences.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
05/30/2012
Essential Principle 2: Correlation to Standards and Curriculum Connections
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This article aligns the concepts of Essential Principle 2 of the Climate Sciences to the K-5 content standards of the National Science Education Standards. The author also identifies common misconceptions about heat and the greenhouse gases effect and offers resources for assessing students' understanding of interactions among components of the Earth system. This article continues the examination of the climate sciences and climate literacy on which the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle is structured.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Assessment
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:
Kimberly Lightle
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
05/30/2012
Essential Principle 5: Correlation to Standards and Curriculum Connections
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Each issue of the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle explores an essential principle of climate science and climate literacy with background information, lessons, activities, original stories, and more for the K-5 classroom. This article shows the alignment of these materials with the content standards of the National Science Education Standards.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
05/30/2012
Garden Science: Soil pH Lab
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In this 8th grade science lesson, students test the pH levels of soil from three different sites in the garden to determine the level of acidity in the garden soil.

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Author:
Kyle Cornforth
Date Added:
01/28/2016
How Do We Study Climate?
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From this original story, young readers and listeners learn about four tools scientists use to study climate - climate stations, weather balloons, satellites, and buoys. The story is available at two reading levels and in three formats - text-only, illustrated booklet, and electronic book. Glossary included. Each issue of Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle contains an original story that expands on the theme.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Reading
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
How to Cultivate Moss
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In this activity, to learn about the biological needs of mosses, students will grow and maintain their own moss terrarium. Through daily maintenance and observation, students will identify those factors necessary for the successful cultivation of moss.

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Education
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Friday Initiative
Provider Set:
Science Friday
Date Added:
04/06/2011
Investigating Extreme Weather Events with Interactive Activities
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This article highlights resources that can be used to supplement lessons on extreme weather, including games and video clips. The article appears in the free, online magazine for K-Grade 5 teachers Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The magazine focuses on the essential principles of climate science.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
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
Lessons About Organisms, Their Adaptations, and Their Environments
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This article highlights lessons that help K-grade 5 students understand that animals and plants can only survive in certain environments.The lessons support the theme of an issue of the free online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The theme is "We Depend on Earth's Climate."

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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
Lessons about the Sun and Earth's Climate
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Concepts underlying the first of the Essential Principles of the Climate Sciences are aligned with topics typically taught in the elementary grades. This article identifies lessons that will help elementary students develop an understanding of how Sun's light warms Earth and how variations in daylight hours are associated with seasonal change. This article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle.

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Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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
Making Waves
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Repeated motion is present everywhere in nature. Learn how to 'make waves' with your own movements using a motion detector to plot your position as a function of time, and try to duplicate wave patterns presented in the activity. Investigate the concept of distance versus time graphs and see how your own movement can be represented on a graph.

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Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
Provider:
Concord Consortium
Provider Set:
Concord Consortium Collection
Author:
The Concord Consortium
Date Added:
12/11/2011
Mushroom Prints
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In this lesson, students will be amateur mycologists--collecting and analyzing various mushrooms. Through observation and discussion, students will gain knowledge of the basic anatomy of mushrooms, their life cycle, and their method of reproduction through spores. Students will learn to create spore prints of mushrooms and label and preserve their spore prints, just like a mycologist. Students also will learn that by comparing spore prints, they can identify different mushroom species.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Friday Initiative
Provider Set:
Science Friday
Date Added:
01/22/2010