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Opportunities - K-12 Resources

National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) Educational Activities:  SCHOLARS (K-12)
Discover Your World with NOAA:  An Activity Book (K-12)
Hurricane Education (K-12)
SciJinks (K-12)
Meteorology Education (Met Ed) and Training (K-12)
Arctic Climatology and Meteorology PRIMER (9-12)
What is Paleoclimatology? (9-12)
Introduction to Ocean Models (9-12)
Satellites and Orbits:  An Introduction (8-10)
International Polar Year (6-12)
Using Satellite Images to Forecast the Weather (6-12)
Exploring Weather & Climate Change Through the Powers of 10 (6-12)
NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) Education Discovery Classroom
A Basic Introduction to Map Analysis and Interpretation (6-8)
Hurricane Strike! (6-8)
Student Activities in Meteorology II (SAM II) (6-8)
NOAA Research (6-8)
Jetstream Online School for Weather (6-8)
Remote Sensing and Coral Reefs:  A Curriculum for 4th - 6th Grade Students (4-6)
In a New Light: The Color of Weather and Climate (K-5)
Student Activities in Meteorology (SAM) (4-12)
Science on a Sphere TM (SOS) (4-12)
DataStreme Atmosphere

 

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  • National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) Educational Activities:  SCHOLARS (K-12)
    The activities have been developed to inform educators, students, and the general public about the science and research at the NCDC. The topics discussed include climate, weather, and satellites. The activities extend what is taught in the classroom and are correlated to the National Science Education Standards (NSES). Many of the documents accessible from this page are in PDF format and require appropriate software.

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  • Discover Your World with NOAA:  An Activity Book (K-12)
    This activity book includes 43 activities designed to help students learn about our planet and NOAA’s role in exploring, understanding, and protecting Earth. The book can be downloaded in full or as individual activities. The activities are hands-on projects. Scientific background information is provided at http://celebrating200years.noaa.gov/edufun/resources.html.

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  • Meteorology Education (Met Ed) and Training (K-12)
    http://www.meted.ucar.edu /comm_k12.htm
    MetEd topics of interest include the hydrologic cycle, watersheds, remote sensing using satellites, and urban flooding. User account creation required.

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  • Arctic Climatology and Meteorology PRIMER (9-12)
    National Snow and Ice Data Center’s Arctic Climatology and Meteorology PRIMER for Newcomers to the North is a collection of interesting and informative meteorology and climate facts with particular emphasis on arctic phenomena. You can learn general information about the basics of arctic weather, the factors that determine weather and climate, and some of the weather patterns in the Arctic. Brief sections also explore the Arctic’s role in the global climate system and concerns about climate change. The Primer is designed so that you can browse it in any order, but the basics section is a good place to start.

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  • What is Paleoclimatology? (9-12)
    Paleoclimatology is the study of climate prior to the widespread availability of records of temperature, precipitation, and other instrumental data. NOAA is particularly interested in the last few thousand years because this is the best dated, best sampled part of the past climatic record and can help establish the range of natural climatic variability in a period prior to global-scale human influence.

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  • Introduction to Ocean Models (9-12)
    Oceans cover over 70% of the Earth’s surface yet many details of their workings are not fully understood. To better understand and forecast the state of the ocean, we rely on numerical ocean models. Ocean models combine observations and physics to predict the ocean temperature, salinity, and currents at any time and any place across the ocean basins. This module discusses what goes into numerical ocean models, including model physics, coordinate systems, parameterization, initialization, and boundary conditions.

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  • Satellites and Orbits:  An Introduction (8-10)
    An easy-to-use interactive, animated introduction to satellites and the forces which determine orbits is presented. Highlights include a short satellite history, non-mathematical review of basic orbital physics, orbital terminology, and orbit types with a focus on Earth observation and environmental monitoring. Activities include a reading assignment, classroom demonstration, student activity lab, quiz, and lesson instructions for grades 8 through 10. Approximately 1.25 hours.

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  • Using Satellite Images to Forecast the Weather (6-12)
    Satellite Meteorology provides scientists and educators with exciting tools for investigation, inquiry, analysis, and stewardship. This Satellite Meteorology course was developed for middle and high school science classes. The material was designed to challenge students through the end of 12th grade so middle school teachers and students may want to skim or skip a few sections. Others wishing to explore the topic further are encouraged to visit the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies’ college level course that was used as a springboard for this project.

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  • Exploring Weather & Climate Change Through the Powers of 10 (6-12)
    The Climate TimeLine uses a “powers of ten” exponential approach to frame 1) meteorological and climatic processes, and 2) specific climate events of the past at varying timescales. Each timescale has its own collection of resources and links to more information.

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  • NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) Education Discovery Classroom
    http://ocean service noaa.gov/education/
    NOS provides hazard-related information and tools using case studies in coastal and ocean science. The inquiry based lesson plans address how coastal residents can plan for the potential effects of natural hazards. The activities have been developed for students in grades 9-12, but are easily adapted for students at the middle school or undergraduate level. 

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  • A Basic Introduction to Map Analysis and Interpretation (6-8)
    Weather maps can display current observations and numerical model output. This web page discusses the beginning of weather maps and the impact they have made on weather forecasting.

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  • Hurricane Strike! (6-8)
    Hurricane Strike! is a multimedia learning package aimed primarily at middle school students. It integrates disaster safety and preparedness with science instruction, providing an engaging interactive learning environment. It also dovetails with science and safety content in the American Red Cross Masters of Disaster curriculum. Participants must register and provide an e-mail address.

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  • NOAA Research (6-8)
    The goal of the site is to provide middle school science students and teachers with research and investigation experiences using on-line resources. Find out about El Niño, how it forms, and its effects on the weather of the world. Investigate hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning by tracking their courses and measuring their strength. Learn how weather is forecasted. Investigate the origins and effects of global warming and the effects solar events have on the Earth.

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  • Jetstream Online School for Weather (6-8)
    JetStream is the National Weather Service’s Online School for Weather. This site is designed to help educators, emergency managers, or anyone interested in learning about weather and weather safety. The information contained in JetStream is arranged by subject; beginning with global and large scale weather patterns followed by lessons on air masses, wind patterns, cloud formations, thunderstorms, lightning, hail, damaging winds, tornadoes, tropical storms, cyclones, and flooding. Interspersed in JetStream are “Learning Lessons” which can be used to enhance the educational experience.

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  • Remote Sensing and Coral Reefs:  A Curriculum for 4th - 6th Grade Students (4-6)
    Satellites have revolutionized communication, entertainment, and scientific monitoring. It becomes increasingly relevant for our 21st century students to learn about these objects that hover around our planet. Satellite monitoring of the environment around coral reefs offers invaluable information to those working to preserve these unique ecosystems.

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  • In a New Light: The Color of Weather and Climate (K-5)
    http://www.eo.ucar.edu/educators/activities/WrkshpBook.pdf
    This 72-page booklet (in PDF format) is the handout for the popular workshop presented at National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) by UCAR Education and Outreach staff. The booklet provides extensive background information and directions for all hands-on activities presented during the workshop.

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  • Science on a Sphere TM (SOS) (4-12)
    http://sos.noaa.gov/docs/teacher.html
    SOS uses a unique concept that helps a viewer to visualize complex science processes in a simple format. It uses satellite data that have been transformed into visual images and, then, projected onto a sphere. Several activities do
    not require the projection technology.

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  • DataStreme Atmosphere is a pre-college teacher enhancement program of the American Meteorological Society/
    NOAA Cooperative Program for Earth System Education (CPESE), with the main goal of training Weather Education Resource Teachers who will promote the teaching of science, mathematics, and technology using weather as a vehicle, across the K-12 curriculum in their home school districts.