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Activities for Studying Tree Rings Online
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Selected resources provide three web-based activities to complement science lessons in an issue of Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The free, online magazine for Grades K-5 teachers explores the essential principles of climate literacy.

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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
Aerodynamics: applications of force and flow
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Although there is a great deal of historical information about aerodynamics that could be discussed here, we purposely narrowed the stream of resources to those that encourage students to experiment with technological design and function.

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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Ohio State University
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Middle School Portal
Author:
Andy Ault
Carolyn Hamilton
Quentin Briggs
Algebraic thinking: a basic skill
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The resources highlighted here aim to reflect students' growing mathematical capacity over the span of the middle school years. The activities and lessons, intended as supplementary materials, range from introduction to the fundamentals of algebra to work on linear functions. Uniformly, they take into consideration the preference of the middle school student for concrete models, visual representations, and interactive tasks.

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Algebra
Functions
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Ohio State University
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Middle School Portal
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Andy Ault
Carolyn Hamilton
Terese Herrera
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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Reading
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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
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Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
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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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
BYOA: Bring Your Own Advocate!
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This professional development article describes approaches to using social media in harnessing the power of Web 2.0 technologies to reinforce the connection between multimedia literacy and powerful content-area learning in grades K-5. The emphasis is on collaboration with the school librarian. The article appears in the free online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which is structured around the seven essential principles of the climate sciences.

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Arts and Humanities
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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
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Marcia Mardis
The Biosphere/Climate Connection
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This article continues an examination of each of the seven essential principles of the climate sciences on which the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle is structured. Principle 3 states that life on Earth depends on, is shaped by, and affects climate. The climate dictates where and how species can survive. The author discusses the scientific concepts underlying the life forms' dependence on the climate and expands the discussion with diagrams, photos, and online resources.

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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
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Kimberly Lightle
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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Ohio State University
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
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Marcia Mardis
National Science Foundation
Can You Read a Tree?
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In this nonfiction story, young readers and listeners learn how scientists use cross sections from trees to reconstruct past climates. Versions are provided for readers at two levels, k-2 and 3-5, and in text-only and illustrated formats. The story is also available as an electronic book with recorded narration. An original story is a regular feature of each issue of the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The story can be used in science and literacy lessons and activities throughout the magazine.

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Education
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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
Chemistry: making it real
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The resources selected for this publication will help your students understand chemistry at work, using examples that will spark their interest. A basic understanding of chemistry concepts and terminology will prepare them for more abstract studies.

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Chemistry
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Middle School Portal
Author:
Andy Ault
Carolyn Hamilton
Kimberly Lightle
Climate: A Complex Interaction
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This article continues an examination of each of the seven essential principles of climate literacy on which the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle is structured. Principle 2 covers the complex interactions among the components of the Earth system. The author discusses the scientific concepts underlying the interactions and expands the discussion with diagrams, photos, and online resources.

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Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
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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
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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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
Connections: Linking Mathematics to Social Studies, Art, and Science
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This publication offers online resources that connect mathematics to three subject areas: social studies, art, and science. Each section contains lesson plans, problems to solve, and examples of mathematics at work within contexts not usually associated with school mathematics.

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Arts and Humanities
Mathematics
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Middle School Portal
Author:
Andy Ault
Carolyn Hamilton
Terese Herrera
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.

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Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Physics
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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
Correlation to Standards and Curriculum Connections
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The concepts that underlie the fourth essential principle of climate literacy ("Climate varies over space and time through both natural and man-made processes.") are too complex for students in early and upper-level elementary school, but the foundational knowledge can be taught within existing curriculums and standards. This foundational knowledge will lead to understanding in later years. The author shows the correlation to the national science education standards, identifies misconceptions among elementary school students, suggests formative assessment probes, and identifies lessons and activities to make curriculum connections. The free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle is based on the seven essential principles of the climate sciences.

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Education
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Assessment
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
Create Interactive Activities with Content Clips
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This article introduces a free online collection of images, video clips, and animations that teachers can use in creating resources for use with students. The four steps in creating a video clip, an animation, or other resource are presented.

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Education
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Diagram/Illustration
Game
Interactive
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
Data analysis: as real world as it gets
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In Data Analysis: As Real World As It Gets, we feature resources for teaching about data and statistics as supported by the NCTM Standards (NCTM, 2000). Data collection and analysis can be an avenue into the meaningful mathematics and problem-solving skills needed by students in the twenty-first century. And an answer to the student question, Why do we have to study math? can be found when teaching mathematics with a real-world statistics approach.

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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Ohio State University
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Middle School Portal
Author:
Andy Ault
Carolyn Hamilton
Judy Spicer
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
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
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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
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.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Assessment
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