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World Population History

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Six lessons challenge 21st-century learners to interpret maps, analyze real-world data sets, and use technology such as GIS to understand key global issues. The lessons, which can be used sequentially as a unit or individually, are...
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Everest Education Expedition

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Young explorers investigate the biodiversity of Mount Everest and the Himalayan Mountain ecosystem through hands-on and interactive activities. They examine the effects of climate change on the mountains, analyze maps, take a virtual...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 5-6, Unit 1

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
The first unit in a series of four focusing on climate change introduces fifth and sixth graders to the various systems that create the climate. They examine the natural and human causes of greenhouse gas emissions and conduct...
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Weather and Atmosphere

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Weather engineers have come a long way in designing technology that provides advanced warnings of severe weather. Six lessons and six activities make up a collection of resources that teach middle schoolers about weather and weather...
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Environmental Engineering and Water Chemistry

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Introduce young scientists to the fundamentals of environmental engineering with a nine-resource collection that looks at air, land, and water quality concerns. The unit begins with a PowerPoint presentation that provides background...
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Climate Change: Lines of Evidence

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The National Research Council’s video “Climate Change: Lines of Evidence” details the current knowledge scientists have developed about recent climate change and the causes of these changes. For this collection the video is broken into...
10 Items in Collection
Lesson Planet

Activity Book: Discover Your Changing World With NOAA

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Introduce middle schoolers to the essential principles of climate science with a collection of 10 activities. Class members learn about the Earth’s climate systems, factors that change these systems, and the impacts of those changes....
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Real-World Math from KQED's The Lowdown

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Middle schoolers explore math concepts like percentages, probability, and statistics in new and inventive ways with a collection of lessons that use videos, graphs, and activities to help them understand issues like climate change,...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 5-6, Unit 4

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
The last unit in a series of four focuses on the role individuals play in climate change. Students examine their ecological footprint then expand their research to consider the impacts on ecological systems and human civilization in a...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 7-9, Unit 1

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Engage young scientists in a study of climate change with a collections of lessons that combine online research with labs, videos, activities, nature walks, and a NASA data analysis tool to examine different Earth's systems and how they...
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Climate Change in My Backyard: Grades 10-12, Unit 1

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
A four-lesson collection asks high schoolers to consider their role in climate change. They study the carbon cycle, the role of greenhouse gases, factors that effect the rates of photosynthesis and respiration, and the services...
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Carbon and Climate

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The carbon cycle is natural and has happened for millions of years, so can humans change it? Young scientists play the role of carbon as they travel through the carbon cycle. They complete two rounds, once before the industrial...
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A Tale of Two Teeth: A Hands-On Discussion About Climate Change

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
Sink your teeth into an engaging lesson on climate change! Science sleuths examine the prehistoric central Florida ecosystem through fossil analysis and a Socratic discussion. The easy-to-follow teacher's plan provides detailed...
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What's the Big Deal?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who knew that a possible answer to Earth's energy resource problems was lurking deep beneath the ocean's surface? Part four of a six-part series introduces Earth Science pupils to methane hydrate, a waste product of methanogens. After...
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Micro-GEEBITT Climate Activity

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
A truly hands-on and inquiry based learning activity bridges all the lessons in the series together. Beginning with a discussion on average global temperatures, young meteorologists use real-world data to analyze climate trends in order...
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I Speak for the Polar Bears!

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Climate change and weather extremes impact every species, but this lesson focuses on how these changes effect polar bears. After learning about the animal, scholars create maps of snow-ice coverage and examine the yearly variability and...
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The Greenhouse Effect

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How do greenhouse gases impact temperature? Have your classes use the interactive software to explore different concentrations of greenhouse gases and their effect on climate. Learners can recreate different atmospheric concentrations...
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The Greenhouse Effect

For Students 9th - 12th
How do we know global warming isn't just mother nature having hot flashes? The video describes the greenhouse effect and how it is necessary to life on this planet. Then it explains greenhouse gases and how increasing them can lead to...
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Lesson Planet

Introduction to Environmental Engineering

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
A series on environmental engineering introduces the class to issues that environmental engineers work to solve. This first instructional activity focuses on air and land issues, and looks at ways to reduce pollution.
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Don't Waste Your Energy

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Don't lift another finger, this physical and environmental science unit has everything you need to begin teaching your class about energy. Starting with a look at the greenhouse effect, these lessons and activities take young scientists...
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High School EcoHouse Curriculum

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How has the level of carbon dioxide changed over recent years, and what is contributing it? Groups work together to research and present their findings in a creative way. Also built into the lesson is a visit to a sustainable house, but...
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Carbon Cycle and Global Warming

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Carbon is all around us, as shown in this cartoon animation. The carbon cycle is portrayed simply and accurately with fun cartoon plants and animals. Use this video in an elementary or junior high class to facilitate your learners'...
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Air Pollution: The Issue of Global Warming

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here is an outstanding 10-page lesson plan on global warming. Learners discover that there is a lot of controversy surrounding this topic in that the science behind global warming is difficult to prove. The best thing about this plan is...
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Observing the Changes: The Warming of the North

For Teachers 1st - 7th
After reviewing the causes and effects of climate change, students become observers for "Plant Watch," a program to monitor the effects of climate change on plants. Students record blooming and leafing dates for selected local species...
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Changing Planet: Permafrost Gas Leak

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Pair earth scientists up to use an amazing online arctic portal mapping tool and Google Earth to analyze permafrost changes. They compare changes to data on atmospheric concentrations of methane to see if there is a correlation. Then...
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The Causes of Global Warming: A Summary

For Students 5th - 8th
Incorporate practical writing activities into your earth science curriculum with this colorful resource. Future environmentalists read about global warming in a TIME for Kids production. They answer a few brief questions and then write a...
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Goldilocks and the Three Planets

For Teachers 8th - 10th
New ReviewIt's great to have been born on Earth, not Venus or Mars. Pupils look at the spectra of gases in the atmospheres of the three planets to identify their compositions. They consider the amount of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide,...
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Future Temperature Projections

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
New ReviewNo one knows what the future will bring, but it's likely to be warmer than before. Pupils first learn about the NASA GISS ModelE2, a global climate model, and about representative concentration pathways that estimate the global output of...
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Bio-Benefits

For Students 6th - 12th
Kick-start a discussion of the importance of biodiversity with a colorful resource that touts the benefits of maintaining healthy ecosystems. The images stress the interdependence of all the elements of an ecosystem.
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The Incredible Carbon Journey: Play the Carbon Journey Game

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Class members explore the carbon cycle in the final installment of the 10-part Discover Your Changing World series. They play a simulation game where they walk through the steps carbon takes as it cycles through the different layers of...
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Lesson Planet

Communicate!: Create a Unique Message About Climate Change

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Scholars use their communication skills to express their take on climate change in the ninth installment of the 10-part Discover Your Changing World series. They create ways to deliver their messages on a specific aspect of climate by...
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Lesson Planet

I Didn’t Do It…Did I?: Make Your Own Greenhouse Effect

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
How do greenhouse gases affect the climate on Earth?  Pupils explore the concept by first building their own apparatuses to model the greenhouse effect. Then, they record data to measure temperature change and determine that the amount...
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Utah Open Textbook: 6th Grade Science

For Students 6th Standards
There are many interactions among living things and their surroundings. Scholars learn about Earth, the moon, and the sun and how they relate to the solar system by completing a reading. They also investigate basics of physical science...
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Utah Open Textbook: Earth Science

For Students 9th - 12th
From the vast universe to natural disasters, Earth Science studies phenomena both near and far. A complete textbook offers informational resources for a high school Earth Science course. Chapters include topics such as the universe,...
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Fizzy Balloons - C02 in School

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Carbon dioxide is a very important gas; it is present in the air, used in cooking, and supports plant and animal life. Scholars investigate the properties of carbon dioxide with three different activities. They experience a color change,...
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How Much Does the Sun Affect Earth's Climate?

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The sun goes through cycles as does the climate on Earth, but are the two related? Many different scientists approach the question, and the results are fairly conclusive. An episode of the extensive SciShow Space shares the research and...
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2014 AP® Environmental Science Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Less than half of AP Environmental Science test takers pass each year. The College Board releases previous test questions covering topics from greenhouse gases to ecological succession to help scholars prepare for future assessments. Use...
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Food, the Carbon Cycle and Global Warming

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
As the world population increases, demands on the carbon cycle also increase. A well-designed instructional activity first explores the greenhouse effect and its impact on global warming. Further sections have pupils study the effect of...
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Lesson Planet

The Lowdown — The Math of Trash: Percents and Proportions

For Teachers 6th Standards
Don't toss the lesson in the trash. Scholars watch an informative, up-to-date video that discusses how percents and proportions help clarify data about trash, recycling, and climate change. They consider their own trash output and create...
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Atmospheric CO2 and Earth’s Temperature

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is atmospheric carbon dioxide really to blame for global warming? Young environmentalists analyze historical carbon dioxide and temperature data during a multimedia activity from PBS's Weather and Climate series. High schoolers read...
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Earth’s Energy Budget

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is Earth's energy flow a little off balance? Explore our energy budget using a click-through interactive. Scholars discover the many factors that move solar energy around the planet and why the system is no longer in equilibrium.
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The Carbon Crunch

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Carbon is in the air; should we care? Teach the class why it is important to pay attention to carbon levels and how the world population and various countries across the globe affect the carbon levels in the atmosphere. High schoolers...
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Terrarium in a Bottle: Modeling the Atmosphere, Greenhouse Effect, and Water Cycle

For Teachers 7th Standards
You've heard of farm to table ... but what about farm in classroom? Junior agriculturalists embark upon a two-week journey into the science of growing things. Based upon the classic terrarium in a two-liter experiment, the lesson goes...
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Climb into Action!

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Climate change affects even the largest and intimidating of landforms—even Mount Everest! A resource helps teach learners the connection between global climate change and its effects on Earth. Activities include videos, class discussion,...
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Solar Power

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
One day's worth of sunlight can supply everyone on Earth with electricity for a year! Why, then, do we find ourselves in an energy crisis? Shine a light on solar energy with a short lesson and video. As part of a larger energy unit from...
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Greenhouse Effect

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Without the greenhouse effect, Earth's temperature would be approximately 30 degrees Celsius colder. Scientists know this to be the case based on the study of other planets and the way gases absorb radiation. Viewers connect the ideas...
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Ocean Acidification

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Human impacts on the environment can sometimes be difficult to measure, especially under water! An activity centered on ocean acidification gives science scholars the opportunity to examine the effects of carbon dioxide on marine life....
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Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
As the world turns ... so do the carbon and nitrogen cycles! Introduce them both to eager young biologists through an animated video, part of an extensive biology playlist. The narrator explains how each element moves through its...
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The Last Time the Globe Warmed

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Global warming ... greenhouse gases ... climate change ... sounds familiar, right? What about palm trees in Wyoming, or swimming in the sea near Antarctica? Science scholars discover the unbearable conditions Earth experienced during its...
Lesson Planet

How Do Long and Short EM Waves Interact with the Earth's Atmosphere?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Things are about to heat up in your classroom! A kinesthetic lesson asks learners to play the part of the gases in the earth's atmosphere and interact with the sun's radiation. The focus is to learn the impact of the increasing...
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What Makes a Gas, a Greenhouse Gas?—The Carbon Dioxide Dance

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Investigate a heated topic in environmental science. Scholars team up to play the parts of gas molecules in the atmosphere. As the teacher moves about, acting as the electromagnetic wave, learners react as their molecules would to the...
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What Is the "Greenhouse Effect"?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Enough talk about the Greenhouse Effect—let's actually look at it! Junior climatologists engage in a simple thermodynamics experiment on a cold winter's day to examine global warming. The activity simulates rising carbon dioxide levels...
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That Time Oxygen Almost Killed Everything

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Oxygen keeps us alive, but did you ever consider how Earth found the right balance? Eons produced this video as part of a larger series that explores when Earth contained very little oxygen and green oceans ruled the planet. Viewers see...
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The Future of Fake Meat

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Fake nails are one thing ... but fake meat? Agricultural scholars explain how they can fake steak in an engaging video from the American Chemical Society's Reactions playlist. The narrator sets the stage by discussing the amount of...
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The Hidden Perils of Permafrost

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Hidden bacteria have been trapped in the permafrost of our northernmost climates. An intriguing video explores climate change and its effects on the melting permafrost. Learners discover possible impacts these bacteria can have on the...
Lesson Planet

It's a Gassy World!

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
How much does your class know about the relationship between climate change and carbon dioxide? Science scholars explore the nature of greenhouse gases and rising ocean temperature through demonstrations, research, and experiments. The...
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DemDebate Secret Video: What the US Promised in Paris

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
What did the US say we would accomplish to reduce greenhouse gases during the Paris Climate Agreement? Pupils watch a short video, one of two made to debut during the 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate debate. The video summarizes...
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America's Energy Future: MinuteEarth at the Demdebate

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Science scholars watch as the recent Democratic presidential nominees respond to an animated video. The video highlights recent natural disasters and long-term changes to our weather patterns, then shows how the candidates planned to...
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Climate Change: The View From MinuteEarth

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
How does climate change look from where you're sitting? See the view from around the world in an animated video. The writers from Minute Earth share how changing conditions are impacting the economy, health, and well-being of their...
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How Do Greenhouse Gases Actually Work?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Why does the temperature on the moon get so much hotter and colder than the temperature on the earth? The video answers this question and many more. It incorporates a discussion of the importance of atmosphere and how greenhouse gases...
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400 Parts in a Million: The World's Biggest Experiment

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Carbon dioxide makes up an incredibly small percentage of our atmosphere, so why is it so important? The video explains that humans passed the 400 parts per million mark in 2013. It highlights the causes of the increase and our...
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STEM Camp—Urban Infrastructure

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Build a bridge to learning in a STEM-aligned unit about urban infrastructure. Young engineers explore the many aspects of civil planning and design in a five-day unit. Content includes the challenging aspects of balancing building with...
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Coal, Oil and Gas Hydrocarbons

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Where do the hydrocarbons we use for energy come from? Science scholars learn the origins of our fossil fuels in a short video. The animated video includes information on how fossil fuels formed, their uses, and how a number of useful...
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How Much Warming?—Climate Change, Lines of Evidence: Chapter 5

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
In the past century, the global temperature has climbed 10 times faster than the average rate of Ice Age recovery warming. The fifth video in a series of seven on factors that affect climate change discusses just how much global warming...
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Greenhouse Gases—Climate Change, Lines of Evidence: Chapter 3

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Greenhouse gases prevent the earth from freezing over, so how do they cause global warming? The third installment in a seven-part series explains what greenhouse gases are, how they help us, and why they are important. It links an...
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What Is The Natural Greenhouse Effect?

For Students 9th - 12th
The Greenhouse Effect is a big part of why Earth is able to sustain life. But, how much is too much? In part two of an eight-part series about the carbon cycle, environmental scholars learn how the natural Greenhouse Effect keeps us warm...
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What is the Greenhouse Effect?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
The greenhouse effect warms up earth enough so it can support life, but if it heats up too much, life won't be able to survive. An interactive presentation covers the greenhouse effect, the carbon cycle, climate forcing, and climate...
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How Burning Fossil Fuels Leads to Climate Change

For Students 9th - 12th
Do our vehicles really contribute to global warming? In part five of an eight-video series, pupils learn the mechanisms by which car emissions turn into greenhouse gases. Through animation, the class sees how the natural greenhouse...
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Global Warming - Effects on the Environment

For Students 9th - 12th
Is Earth becoming too hot to handle? The third installment in a series of eight videos about global warming and the carbon cycle describes the changes to Earth's natural balance as a result of rising average temperatures. Young...
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Effect on Health of Air Pollutants

For Students 9th - 12th
Is air making us sick? How exactly does air pollution contribute to illness across the world? Part five in a series of seven about the atmosphere addresses these questions and many others. This is a perfect resource to show during your...
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The Ozone Layer: The 'Hole' - Part 2

For Students 9th - 12th
Introduce your class to the "hole" truth! Part four of the 7-part series about Earth's atmosphere gives learners the facts about the depletion of our ozone layer. Simply animated and concisely narrated, the video leads viewers from the...
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Green Chemistry - Principle 4

For Students 9th - 12th
How can we reduce carbon emissions and make safer solvents, all at the same time? Part four in a 12-installment green chemistry series demonstrates how chemists have traded in their hazardous go-to solvents and begun using safe...
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Greenhouse Effect

For Teachers 5th - 11th Standards
A greenhouse provides additional warmth and protection to the plants inside, but what if the greenhouse gets too hot? Pupils discuss and experiment with the difference between natural and anthropogenic greenhouse effect. They measure the...
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Where Have All the Glaciers Gone?

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
What happens when ice melts? Well ... water happens. When that melting ice is a glacier, the amount of water that results produces change throughout the world. Middle school science sleuths uncover the truth about global warming, the...
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Climate Change and Arctic Ecosystems Case Study

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Scientists predict that climate change will increase the annual temperatures in the arctic by at least three degrees, precipitation by 20 percent, and the area of land covered by snow will decrease by approximately 15 percent. Activity...
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Bird Migration and Climate Change

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Robins migrate because their food, the earthworms, are frozen in the ground in winter. Last in the series of four, the lesson focuses on bird migration, specifically the robin, and climate change. Pairs or groups discuss and analyze the...
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Understanding the Greenhouse Effect

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
The greenhouse effect is important, for without it, life on Earth would not exist. An activity that includes modeling the greenhouse effect and acting out the Earth's energy balance makes up the first part in a series of seven lessons....
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Carbon, Greenhouse Gases, and Climate

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Climate models mathematically represent the interactions of the atmosphere, oceans, land, sun, surface, and ice. Part two in the series of four lessons looks at the role greenhouse gases play in keeping Earth warm and has participants...
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Natural and Human Causes

For Students 7th - 9th Standards
Part three in the series of seven has pupils discussing the different greenhouses gases, learning about the carbon cycle, and then watching a short video about the carbon cycle. Based on their knowledge, individuals complete a greenhouse...
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Impacts of Climate Change

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Scholars become experts on the eight major impacts of climate change through a jigsaw and grand conversation. They then research and present what they learned about effects specific to their region.    
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions — Natural and Human Causes

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
What impact do humans have on greenhouse gas emissions? What are the natural causes of these gasses? Thanks to the carbon cycle, carbon dioxide eats away at the earth's atmosphere with the intensified help of humans. Young scientists...
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Understanding the Greenhouse Effect

For Teachers 5th - 6th Standards
Dive into the power of the sun with a two-part lesson. Budding scientists model the greenhouse effect in a hands-on activity, and then participate in a skit that explores the earth's energy balances and what really occurs in the...
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Environmental Econ

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How does the economy affect the environment—and vice versa? A video from Crash Course Economics discusses the ways supply and demand for products made with non-renewable resources can result in the Tragedy of the Commons, or even in the...
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The Fern That Cooled the Planet

For Students 9th - 12th
Fifty million years ago, the earth started to cool down drastically. It went from palm trees at the poles to glaciers. Video explains one theory of what happened to cause the drastic shift in climate change. It details how a specific...
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Earth's Atmosphere

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Ozone gas absorbs the harmful UV-B rays and helps protect humans. An informative presentation begins with the layers of the earth's atmosphere, the pressure and temperature in each of the layers, the ozone layer, the ozone cycle, and the...
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Can Carbon Dioxide Act Like a Greenhouse Gas?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Ninety-seven percent of scientists who study climate agree that human activity is warming the planet. Learners explore carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, a gas causing this warming, through a hands-on experiment. Once complete, they...
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Exploring Climate Change

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Carbon is the second most abundant substance found in living things behind water. The unit includes a presentation that allows learners to see how carbon dioxide plays a large role in the atmosphere by keeping Earth warm. They then see...
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Global Climate Change

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The greenhouse effect and its relationship to global warming is the focus of an activity that asks class member to consider the effects of climate change on weather. Pupils work with their families to determine their carbon footprints...
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Climate Science: What You Need To Know

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Win any argument in support of climate change thanks to a video from PBS Digital Studios. Viewers learn the 24 steps to explain climate change and information to counter claims denying climate change.
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The Global Warming Facts You Need to Know

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
According to NASA, global sea levels rose 17 cm in the last century and 30 cm in the last decade. The video highlights a scientist who predicted climate change, and who offers solutions to change the course of global warming. 
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Climate Change Chemistry

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Assist your class with learning the importance of caring for our environment as they complete this fun-filled lesson on climate change. Individuals perform simulations related to greenhouse gases, atmospheric gases, and the overall...
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Greenhouse Gas Modeling Activity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Why are greenhouse gases called greenhouse gases? Young Earth scientists learn about greenhouse gases though experimentation in the second installment of a 3-part series. They use lamps to model radiant energy as well as warming through...
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Fracking: Positive or Negative Impact?

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Your teenagers may have heard of fracking, but do they really know what it is? And could they debate the benefits and risks? Educate your environmental science class with a lesson about hydraulic fracturing, non-renewable energy sources,...
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Capturing Carbon Dioxide

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Why don't we just capture carbon dioxide in the air and store it somewhere else? A hands-on lesson allows scholars to explore a complex concept. First, they will create a carbonated beverage, and then they will determine if liquid...
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Cloudy Climate Change: How Clouds Affect Earth's Temperature

For Students 7th - Higher Ed Standards
While clouds may not make for the most enjoyable weather, they play an important role when it comes to regulating the temperature of the earth. Watch this video and learn how these giant masses of water droplets actually help to cool the...
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How to Create Cleaner Coal

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
It's easy to take for granted the the importance of electricity in modern society, and even easier to overlook the environmental cost that is paid for all that energy. Watch as this video explores the detrimental impact burning coal has...
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Is Our Climate Headed for a Mathematical Tipping Point?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Raising the global temperature by two degrees may not seem like much, but the impact this would have on the planet is amazing. Follow along with this short video as it examines how even a small change to a system can turn its regular,...
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Greenhouse Gas Guzzlers

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Teams of six to eight players imagine that they are driving in a vehicle and collect balls that represent carbon dioxide emissions based on their different activities. "Greenhouse Gas Guzzler" cards tell teams how many balls to collect...
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Greenhouse Gas Game

For Teachers 7th - 12th
You will need to gather a number of tokens, bags, and other various game components in order to incorporate this activity into your curriculum. Different tokens represent carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. Printable 8.5"x11"...
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Greenhouse Gas Line-Up

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Discuss different sources of energy and how much greenhouse gas each might emit. The six sources are then ranked according to emissions from greatest to least. Finally, the true cumulative emissions are revealed to show the class how...
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Considering the Possible Benefits and Risks, is Becoming a Vegetarian a Smart Decision?

For Teachers 7th - 10th
This skill-building activity encourages learners to evaluate evidence and to use strong evidence to support a stance on a controversial issue. Individuals use bar graphs to rate the strength of arguments for the benefits and risks in...
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Mapping Greenhouse Gas Emissions Where You Live

For Teachers 5th - 10th Standards
After investigating the US Environmental Protection Agency's climate change website, your environmental studies students discuss greenhouse gas emissions. They use an online interactive tool to look at data from power production...
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Introduction to Climate

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Begin a full lesson on climate change by demonstrating how carbon dioxide gas contributes to increased temperatures. Be aware that pressure inside the antacid-containing bottle in Activity 2 may cause the lid to fly off; keep viewers at...
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Intro to Carbon Sequestration

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Increase awareness of the greenhouse effect with this clip. Global climate change poses a problem if our planet becomes warmer than is possible to sustain life. Reduction in carbon emissions is essential in the next few decades and can...
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Miracle Planet - Snow Ball Earth 2/5

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Simulations of a snowball effect recurring on the earth show how life might have survived and might continue to survive if our planet freezes over again. How a snowball event starts is unknown, but it could be related to greenhouse...
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Major Greenhouse Gases

For Students 5th - 8th
Here is a worksheet that outlines the main causes of the production of greehnouse gases. There are seven gases listed, and learners must research and write down the main way in which humans produce that gas. This is an ambitious task,...
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Hybrid Vehicles: Cut Pollution and Save Money

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Math and science meet in this lesson plan on hybrid electric automobiles. This 24-page resource provides everything you need for teaching a lesson plan that compares the use of internal combustion engines to hybrid electric engines....
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Stabilization Wedges Game

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Teamwork and critical thinking combine to for a creative lesson on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Ebullient environmental studies learners play a game in which they strategize how to place colorful energy wedges together to create a...
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Greenhouse Gas Line-up

For Teachers 7th - 9th
The actual activity itself is not unique; groups discuss and rank different sources of energy in order of their cumulative greenhouse gas emissions. They compare their prediction to real data. What makes this resource valuable, is that...
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Coco Locomotion

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Technology tutees read a description about coconuts and how they are used to make biodiesel fuel. Note that the link to the article does not work, and the article does not appear to be available online. There are, if you look for one,...
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Greenhouse Gases

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Although the worksheet for the lab activity is not included, this is an activating activity for your class to do when learning about the greenhouse effect. They lay three thermometers underneath a lamp: one out in the open, one under a...
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Global Climate Change

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine an environmental issue. In this global studies lesson plan, students read an article entitled, "Global Climate Change," and respond to the discussion questions that accompany it.
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What is Drought? No Rain, No Water

For Teachers 2nd - 4th Standards
How can climate change affect our water supply? Have kids read a passage about the water cycle and water conservation, which includes six questions that challenge them to use context clues.
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The Greenhouse Effect: The Role of CO2

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Though this is meant to be second in a two-part lesson, the two are not dependent on each other. Pupils play the roles of visible light rays, light or dark surfaces, and carbon dioxide molecules. They interact and react according to...
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Planet Carbon

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Carbon is essential to life; yet, too much carbon will stifle life here on Earth. Our planet hangs in a delicate balance and the increased greenhouse gases threaten to harm the environment. Now that we have recognized human contribution,...
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Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students examine the potential impact of climate change to agriculture, coastal areas, forests, water, and human health. They hypothesize what might happen to a sugar maple forest and hold a debate about global warming.
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Historical Climate Statistics

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Are we getting hotter? Let’s look at a sample locality where historical records exist and see what we can find out. Here is an activity that has young environmentalists plotting the average winter temperature in England from 900-1900. It...
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Dissolved Gases in Water

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Using different types of water, earth science explorers set out to prove the ocean's ability to absorb greenhouse gases. They shake, heat, and freeze the water samples to examine gas content. This lesson is useful during a unit...
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Global Warming

For Teachers 7th - 12th
This contains a writing prompt about global warming that could be adapted in a number of ways. The resource provides some information about global warming and possible effects. Learners explore the enhanced greenhouse effect and the...
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Global Warming - The Heat is On: Global Climate Change Revisited

For Teachers 6th - 8th
After listening to your lecture on climate change, young scientists access NOAA's database listing Mauna Loa's carbon dioxide data. They graph the monthly means and then compare their graphs to NOAA's. This is a concise plan that could...
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Saving Energy And Climate Change

For Teachers K - 1st
Students engage in a lesson that is focused upon the concepts of energy and its relationship to climate change. They focus upon the production of greenhouse gases and global warming. Students discuss the climate of different parts of the...
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California Suit on Car Greenhouse Gases Dismissed

For Teachers 8th - 12th
After reading an (attached) article about greenhouse gases, students reply to six questions about what they've learned. This activity would fit well into an environmental science class, a government class, or a current events class...
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Solar Effects on Global Warming

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars explore the greenhouse effect and how it affects our climate.  In this global warming lesson students draw the sun and label features and describe the effects of the sun's energy on the world. 
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The Greenhouse Effect and Me: How Do We Affect Each Other?

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders create a model of greenhouse effect in the lab. In this integrated science lesson, 9th graders investigate the different variables affecting this condition. They research about global warming and prepare a PowerPoint...
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Greenhouse Gases: The Chemistry Behind the Culprits

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders investigate the effect of different gases in the atmosphere. In this chemistry lesson, 9th graders explain how these gases contribute to global warming. They suggest possible solutions to this growing problem.
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Too Cool for School-The Greenhouse Experiment

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students create a town model and analyze the type of greenhouse gases their town emits. For this earth science lesson, students build greenhouses to investigate how trapped heat causes temperature change. They relate this activity to...
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Methane: The "other" Greenhouse Gas

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Learners study methane gas and its properties.  For this atmosphere lesson students interpret graphs and calculate methane emissions.
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Gases and Their Properties

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students simulate the greenhouse effect using a group activity. In this physical science lesson, students discuss the possible effects of greenhouse gases in the environment. They analyze a graph of projected community temperature and...
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Carbon Footprint

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Learners calculate their own carbon footprint. In this environmental science lesson, students explain the consequences of global warming. They research ways to mitigate climate change by reducing carbon footprints.
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Who Left Carbon Footprints in My Greenhouse?

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students analyze graphs on global carbon dioxide emission. In this environmental science lesson, students explain the role of carbon dioxide levels to global climate change. They examine ways to reduce their own carbon footprints.
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Solar Action Projects

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students discuss the benefits of using solar energy. In this earth science lesson, students select a solar project they want to work on. They prepare a presentation and share this with the class.
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The Greenhouse Effect a Good Thing?

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Students create a model of the greenhouse effect by using bottles sealed with plastic wrap. In this greenhouse effect lesson students set up an experiment by breathing into one bottle and sealing it. The second bottle is simply sealed....
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Global Warming Statistics

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students research and collect data regarding temperature changes for a specific location and find the mean, median, and mode for their data. In this climate change lesson, students choose a location to research and collect data regarding...
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Climate Change

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students explore what impacts Earth's climate. In this climate lesson, students use Google Earth to research deforestation, ozone depletion, pollution, and greenhouse gases. After researching, students answer comprehension questions.
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The Big Burp: Where's the Proof?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars research the evidence for prehistorically formed methane hydrates contributing to global warming. In this climate change lesson, students work in groups to research methane hydrates, global warming, The Cambrian Explosion,...
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Greenhouse Gases

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students access prior knowledge about greenhouse gases. in this greenhouse gases instructional activity, students read an article for information to understand what greenhouse gases are and how they affect climate. Students make diagrams...
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It's the Small Things That Count

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers understand that carbon outputs need to be controlled. In this carbon outputs lesson, students record carbon outputs for a week and create an action plan to reduce carbon output.
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The Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars explain the greenhouse effect. In this global warming lesson, students participate in an activity where they experience how greenhouses gases work and how they contribute to global warming. Young scholars complete a...
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Internet Activity-Greenhouse Effect

For Students 8th - 10th
In this greenhouse effect internet activity worksheet, students use a web site to answer 18 questions about the causes of greenhouse gases, the greenhouse effect, global warming and things to consider to improve the problem of greenhouse...
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The Greenhouse Experiment

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create a town with all the elements to sustain human life. They discuss how the activities of the people in the town may create greenhouse gases. They make a connection between small unrelated activities and their cumulative...
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World Summit on Climate Change

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students work in small groups researching the impact of climate change on a particular country, and predict future impacts for this country. They simulate an international summit on climate change. Students understand the impact of the...
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Tending To The Greenhouse

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate global warming through initial discussion of recent findings of an 11-day lengthening of the growing season caused by warmer temperatures. They research and propose solutions for restricting greenhouse gases.
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Global Climate Change

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders investigate the effect of melting glaciers to sea level. For this earth science lesson, 2nd graders simulate the process in the lab by conducting an experiment using ice cubes and clay. They explain the consequences of...
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Energy Awareness Quiz

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine and become aware of critical energy issues.  In this energy awareness lesson students complete an activity sheet and quiz. 
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What are the Challenges?

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th
Young scholars discuss energy. In this energy challenges lesson, students read about greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change. Comprehension questions from the reading are provided. 
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Life After Trash

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explain how recycling cuts down on greenhouse gases, and explore the consequences of global warming.  For this global warming lesson students divide into teams and create a useful product made out of recyclable items.
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Carbon Footprint Estimator

For Teachers K - 5th
Students discover what a Carbon Footprint represents. In this sustainable lifestyle lesson, students determine their Carbon Footprint as an individual and as a class. Students use a the Internet to calculate how many earths it would take...
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What's the Big Deal?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore and define methane hydrates and describe ways that it can impact their own lives.  In this methane hydrate lesson students create a molecular model and research methane hydrate. 
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Greenhouse Effect

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students compare the heat absorbing properties of greenhouse gases. In this global warming lesson, students view a video and write an essay about global warming. They use a lamp and bottles of greenhouse gases to compare the heat...
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Introducing Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Students view an Internet animation and discuss sustainable development. In this climate change lesson, students view a web animation. They use an individual and group discussion format to explore the concept of sustainable development.
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Energetic Citizenship

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners analyze how to use less energy. In this energy conservation lesson, students discuss fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs and experiment to examine the energy of both sources using thermometers. Learners complete the Wattage...
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Going Carbon Neutral

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars read an ocean news article titled, "Going Carbon Neutral," provided in the lesson through a link. Students develop definitions to any words not understood, and "Think, Pair, Share" about their personal sources of...
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The Greenhouse Effect in a Jar

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students conduct a climate experiment. In this climate change lesson, students explore the greenhouse effect and how it is affecting life on earth.
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Climate Change and the EU

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders investigate solutions for a cleaner environment. In this environmental protection lesson, 6th graders discuss and list the key issues surrounding the environment. Students read and take notes on climate change, greenhouse...
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Take the One-Tonne Challenge!

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore about the One-Tonne Challenge, and work out how they could reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by one tonne, through individual actions and by influencing other people. Students use a GHG emission table to...
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Economics/Emissions

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Learners produce manufactured good, monitor energy consumption, encounter international government regulations, make choices about emissions and energy, and share findings in order to understand how international commerce could affect...
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Science: Evidence for Global Warming

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students examine the evidence for global warming and its causes. They analyze mean temperature data of a location for two twenty-year time periods (1891-1910 and 1981-2001). Students also assess atmospheric CO2 concentrations and graph...
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The Role of the Atmosphere and Greenhouse Effect in Determining the Surface Temperature of the Earth

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Pupils complete research and solve problems that show the factors that determine the temperature of the earth's surface including the effect of greenhouse gases. They look at the relationships between solar energy, atmosphere, and how...
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What Can I Do About Global Environmental Change?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students complete a unit to evaluate their impact on the environment and greenhouse gas emissions. They conduct Internet research, develop a list of their electrical and energy use, calculate their share of greenhouse gases, and identify...
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Greenhouse Gases Exposed

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Young scholars explore the relationship between greenhouse gases and global warming. Carbon dioxide is studied as a contributor to the problem.
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Losing An Island

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine carbon dioxide and determine the impact of greenhouse gases on the earths spheres.  In this pollution lesson students complete a lab activity to see the impact of gases on the environment, 
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Earth's Atmosphere

For Students 7th - 10th
For this atmosphere worksheet, learners review what gases trap heat energy in the Earth's atmosphere and what causes the three main climate zones on Earth. This worksheet has 4 fill in the blank and 6 short answer questions.
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Diurnal Temperature Changes and Water Vapor Content

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students determine how much moisture in the air affects the diurnal temperature range. They investigate to determine the different climatological regimes of both the Southern Plains and the world. and greenhouse gases effect the earth's...
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Environment: Climate Change

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore climate change and the greenhouse effect. Using provided definitions, they assess local weather conditions and analyze long term climatic data for their areas. Once they explore the concept of and connection between...
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Secret Agents of Dissolved Oxygen

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students determine the changes in different types of water in a sealed container over time. They investigate how to measure dissolved oxygen, temperature, and carbon dioxide with calculator or computer probe-ware. Students determine the...
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Calculating Your Travel GHGs

For Teachers 5th - 10th
Students calculate the amount of greenhouse gases they produce in a given day. Using an equation, they determine the emissions for different sized vehicles and calculate the amount resulting from a family vacation. They create a class...
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Barriers to Change: The Myths about Vehicle Idling

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students have the opportunity to confront some of the most common misconceptions that surround vehicle idling, and employ the concept of social marketing to initiate change. The goal is to give students an appreciation of the impact of...
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Language Arts: Climate Change Debate

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students debate climate change and its causes. They examine articles about the topic and use the information to form their arguments. Students use debate sequence sheets and debater's grids during the exercise.
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Research Question - Greenhouse Gas Emissions

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students review information from concept map to identify possible causes of greenhouse gas emissions, choose factor that they feel is largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in their town, and write research question on topic.
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Burp Under the Ice

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners examine the impact of climate warming on Arctic methane deposits. They identify natural methane processes and describe how this contributes to species extinction. They write reports on their findings.
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Climate Change

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders read about factors impacting earth's climate. They demonstrate their comprehension by answering questions.