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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
Material Type:
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
Material Type:
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