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Earth's Radiation Budget: Part 1
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In this activity students explore the Earth's radiation budget using Earth radiation ...

In this activity students explore the Earth's radiation budget using Earth radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) data archived at the IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library. This archive is complete with visualization tools for easy assessment and visualization of large data sets. Students also use photometers and light sources to work through several hands-on activities related to basic radiation concepts. On this Starting Point page, users can access information about the exercise's learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment ideas, references and topics covered.

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Environmental Science
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Reading
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Bob Mackay
Columbia University Earth and Environmental Science Faculty
Solar Week Wednesday: Do the Activity: Activity 1: Measuring the Motion of a Coronal Mass Ejection
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This is an activity associated with activities during Solar Week, a twice-yearly ...

This is an activity 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 use SOHO spacecraft images of a coronal mass ejection and tracing paper to measure and then calculate the speed of the coronal mass ejection. This activity is scheduled to occur during Wednesday of Solar Week.

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Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
A Sense of Place - Issue 1, March 2008
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This issue of the free online magazine, Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, ...

This issue of the free online magazine, Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears, examines how elementary teachers can introduce the Arctic and Antarctica and use science, geography, literacy, and technology to help students compare and contrast these two dramatically different areas as well as their own home.

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Engineering
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
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Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
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The Ohio State University
Essential Principle 1: Correlation to Standards and Curriculum Connections
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This article provide a list of learning objectives and excerpts from the ...

This article provide a list of learning objectives and excerpts from the K-8 content standards of the National Science Education Standards that are associated with Principle 1 of the Seven Essential Principles of the Climate Sciences. Also provided are explanations of some common misconceptions on light, heat, and the seasons, plustools for formative assessment and ideas for teaching these scientific concepts. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which focuses on one of the Seven Essential Principles in each issue.

Subject:
Education
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Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
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
Sand or Rock? Finding Out from 1000 km (2008 PUMAS version)
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In this activity, students are introduced to the concept of remote sensing. ...

In this activity, students are introduced to the concept of remote sensing. In the course of this experiment, students will investigate heat conduction on two surfaces and understand the application of these techniques to spacecraft investigations of surfaces in the solar system. Materials required for the outdoor demonstration include a cement step, sand, laboratory thermometers, foam rubber, and a meter stick. An optional indoor experimental set up uses twin desk lamps with equal-wattage tungsten bulbs and an infrared thermometer. A student datasheet accompanies the activity. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Sand or Rock: Finding Out from 1000 km (2001 version)
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This is an activity about the differences in thermal behavior between similar ...

This is an activity about the differences in thermal behavior between similar materials having different physical properties. Learners will measure temperature of two different surfaces; sand and stone; on a sunny day, make a series of temperature measurements, and plot the results. Extensions include experimenting with different materials, using temperature sensors and noncontact infrared thermometers. The activity is analogous with remote sensing of thermal properties in the Saturn system measured by Cassini. (Note: a separate version of this activity was developed in 2008 for PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science).

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Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
Earthquakes 101
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By watching this National Geographic video, you will learn all about earthquakes! ...

By watching this National Geographic video, you will learn all about earthquakes! You will learn what causes them, how many occur daily, and where they usually happen. The video will also tell you about some of the earthquakes that have occurred in the United States.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
SMARTR
Provider Set:
SMARTR: Virtual Learning Experiences for Youth
Galileo 1/45 Scale Model
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This scale model of the Galileo spacecraft is constructed of paper card ...

This scale model of the Galileo spacecraft is constructed of paper card stock and a sheet of printer transparency. By assembling the model, students will learn the components and features of the real spacecraft. The real Galileo was one of the most complex robotic spacecraft ever flown. It completed its mission and was flown into Jupiter's atmosphere in September 2003.

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Activity/Lab
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NASA
Provider Set:
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Interacting Galaxies Arp 147 Lithograph
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This Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxies appears to form the number ...

This Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxies appears to form the number 10. The text describes the image and provides a brief explanation of why astronomer Halton Arp compiled his catalogue of odd-looking galaxies in the 1960s. In the accompanying educational activity, In Search of ... Peculiar Galaxies, students investigate galaxy interactions through a level 1 inquiry activity using the images and text from the lithograph and other resources. A level 1 inquiry activity can help prepare students to become independent thinkers.

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Physics
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Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
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NASA
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NASA Wavelength
1900 Air Pollution
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This article and included graphs,from the web site accompanying the FRONTLINE NOVA ...

This article and included graphs,from the web site accompanying the FRONTLINE NOVA special What's Up with the Weather?, reveals how atmospheric carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxides from coal- and oil-burning power plants, cars, and other fossil-fuel-burning sources have climbed along with the world population, with as yet unknown effects on the climate system.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
NSDL Science Refreshers
Jason-2: Using Satellite Altimetry to Monitor the Ocean
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Altimeters onboard satellites such as Jason-2 measure sea surface height and other ...

Altimeters onboard satellites such as Jason-2 measure sea surface height and other characteristics of the ocean surface. These characteristics are linked to underlying processes and structures, making altimetry data useful for understanding the full depth of the global ocean. This 75-minute module explores major discoveries made possible by altimetry data in oceanography, marine meteorology, the marine geosciences, climate studies, the cryosphere, and hydrology. For example, altimeters have played a vital role in detecting and monitoring sea level rise and its relation to climate change. The module also describes many of the practical applications of altimetry data, for example, in hurricane forecasting and monitoring climate events such as ENSO. Finally, the module describes Jason-2, which was launched in 2008, its products and services, and the Ocean Surface Topography Mission (OSTM), of which it is a part. OSTM is a collaboration between EUMETSAT and CNES (Europe) and NOAA and NASA (United States).

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
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 ...

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
Material Type:
Assessment
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:
Kimberly Lightle
National Science Foundation
Polar Satellite Products for the Operational Forecaster (POES) Module 2: Microwave Products and Applications
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This Web-based module is a component of the Integrated Sensor Training (IST) ...

This Web-based module is a component of the Integrated Sensor Training (IST) Professional Development Series (PDS) Professional Competency Unit #6-Satellite Data and Products. This module provides a closer look at the capabilities, products, and applications available to operational weather forecasting with the present suite of microwave instruments onboard both NOAA and DMSP satellites. If you wish, you may launch the module from this page.

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Module
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COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
Algebra 2
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This is a book containing over 200 problems spanning over 70 specific ...

This is a book containing over 200 problems spanning over 70 specific topic areas covered in a typical Algebra II course. Learners can encounter a selection of application problems featuring astronomy, earth science and space exploration, often with more than one example in a specific category. Learners will use mathematics to explore science topics related to a wide variety of NASA science and space exploration endeavors. Each problem or problem set is introduced with a brief paragraph about the underlying science, written in a simplified, non-technical jargon where possible. Problems are often presented as a multi-step or multi-part activities. This book can be found on the Space Math@NASA website.

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Mathematics
Astronomy
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
Space Math
Forecasting Dust Storms - Version 2
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Forecasting Dust Storms Version 2 provides background and operational information about dust ...

Forecasting Dust Storms Version 2 provides background and operational information about dust storms. The first part of the module describes dust source regions, the life cycle of a dust storm, and the major types of dust storms, particularly those found in the Middle East. The second part presents a process for forecasting dust storms and applies it to a case in the Middle East. Although the process refers to U.S. Department of Defense models and tools, it can easily be adapted to other forecast requirements and data sources. Note that this module is an updated version of the original one published in 2003.

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
Understanding Marine Customers, 2nd Edition
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Understanding Marine Customers, 2nd edition, introduces the different marine forecast customers and ...

Understanding Marine Customers, 2nd edition, introduces the different marine forecast customers and discusses what forecast information they need to know and why they need to know it. A better understanding of the needs of the marine forecast customer will lead to better daily forecasts. The 2nd edition expands upon marine customer base to include more nearshore users, such as beachgoers, surfers, and sea kayakers.

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Oceanography
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
Remote Sensing Using Satellites, 2nd Edition
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The second edition of the popular "Remote Sensing Using Satellites" module updates ...

The second edition of the popular "Remote Sensing Using Satellites" module updates imagery of recent hurricanes as well as other phenomena from more recent satellites. The suggested audience for this module is high school and undergraduate students. Learn about remote sensing in general and then more specifically about how it is done from satellites. We will focus on the visible and infrared channels, those commonly seen on television broadcasts. Come explore the view of Earth from space and see what we see. In the second chapter, we will focus even more on hurricanes and specifically Hurricanes Jimena (2009), Ike (2008), and Irene (2011).

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Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET
Space Weather Basics, 2nd Edition
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This module presents an overview of space weather processes, their impacts on ...

This module presents an overview of space weather processes, their impacts on Earth and human activities, and the technologies used for forecasting space weather events. The module goal is to provide NWS forecasters a basic understanding of space weather and the operations of NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC). It will be of interest to a general audience as well.

Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Module
Provider:
COMET MetEd Collection
Author:
COMET