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12 Steps to a Sustainable High School
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This activity includes an assessment, analysis, and action tool that can be used by classrooms to promote understanding of how the complex current issues of energy, pollution, supply and consumption are not just global but also local issues.

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Earth and Space Systems
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Date Added:
06/05/2019
5.7 Geology Unit Assessment
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20-question multiple choice unit assessment with one short answer question.  Covers the rock cycle/types, classification, plate tectonics and Earth's layers.  **Please be sure to make a copy of the Google Doc prior to using.  **

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Erin Brown
Date Added:
07/26/2019
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5.7 Geology Unit Pre-assessment
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20-question multiple choice unit assessment with one short answer question.  Covers the rock cycle/types, classification, plate tectonics and Earth's layers.  **Please be sure to make a copy of the Google Doc prior to using.  **

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Lindsey Layne
Liz Ashby
Corey Porter
Date Added:
11/13/2019
6.3 Weather, Climate & Water Cycling - Unit Overview
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This unit on weather, climate, and water cycling is broken into four separate lesson sets. In the first two lesson sets, students explain small-scale storms. In the third and fourth lesson sets, students explain mesoscale weather systems and climate-level patterns of precipitation. Each of these two parts of the unit is grounded in a different anchoring phenomenon.

The unit starts out with anchoring students in the exploration of a series of videos of hailstorms from different locations across the country at different times of the year. The videos show that pieces of ice of different sizes (some very large) are falling out of the sky, sometimes accompanied by rain and wind gusts, all on days when the temperature of the air outside remained above freezing for the entire day. These cases spark questions and ideas for investigations, such as investigating how ice can be falling from the sky on a warm day, how clouds form, why some clouds produce storms with large amounts of precipitation and others don?t, and how all that water gets into the air in the first place.

The second half of the unit is anchored in the exploration of a weather report of a winter storm that affected large portions of the midwestern United States. The maps, transcripts, and video that students analyze show them that the storm was forecasted to produce large amounts of snow and ice accumulation in large portions of the northeastern part of the country within the next day. This case sparks questions and ideas for investigations around trying to figure out what could be causing such a large-scale storm and why it would end up affecting a different part of the country a day later.

See the OpenSciEd Instructional Model also: https://www.openscied.org/openscied-instructional-model/

Subject:
Science
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
OpenSciEd
Date Added:
03/20/2020
7th Grade Life Science at the Observatory: Life Throughout the Universe
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This classroom activity will show students that there is a lot we don't know about science, for example life throughout the universe. It will hopefully encourage students to question what we know and don't know, and exploration and study of the unknown.

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Earth and Space Systems
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Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Brad Snyder
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Absorption by Atmospheric Gases of Incoming and Outgoing Radiation
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In this activity, students are split into groups to examine a specific band of the electromagnetic spectrum and the absorption spectra of seven atmospheric gases in that wavelength range. Using a jigsaw approach, the students regroup to have an expert on each band to examine the full spectrum, identify and rank greenhouse gases, and estimate Earth's temperature from satellite data.

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Earth and Space Systems
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Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Sara Harris
Date Added:
06/05/2019
Acidic Oceans Lab Activity
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Lesson plan introducing and exploring via hands-on lab the idea that raising acidity in the world's oceans is reducing the availability of carbonate, which impacts calcifying organisms such as oysters and sea urchins.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Earth Resources
Living Systems and Processes
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Erin Brown
Date Added:
07/25/2019
Air: Fuel for Thought
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This lesson plan engages students in a real-life exploration of climate change as it is affected by greenhouse emissions from vehicles. The aim of this activity is for students to realize the impact of vehicle use in their family and to give students the opportunity to brainstorm viable alternatives to this use.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Date Added:
06/05/2019
Alternative Energy Debate
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This lesson will be used after students have learned about the differences between renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. With a team, students choose a renewable alternative energy source such as solar, wind, biomass, geothermal or hydroelectric and research the pros and cons of that energy type.

The team then splits into debate teams and draws straws to determine whether they are on the "pro" or "con" side. They will debate in front of the class allowing others in the class to learn about both sides.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Emily Harris
Date Added:
12/14/2019
Animation About the Greenhouse Effect
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This is a basic animation/simulation with background information about the greenhouse effect by DAMOCLES. The animation has several layers to it that allow users to drill into more detail about the natural greenhouse effect and different aspects of it, including volcanic aerosols and human impacts from burning fossil fuels.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Simulation
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Date Added:
06/05/2019
Antarctica Ice
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This short video examines the recent melting ice shelves in the Antarctica Peninsula; the potential collapse of West Antarctic ice shelf; and how global sea levels, coastal cities, and beaches would be affected.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Date Added:
06/05/2019
Applying Lessons Learned to the Volcanic Risk at Mt. Rainier
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In this jigsaw-method activity on subduction zone volcanism, students apply lessons learned from four historic eruptions to the volcanic hazards associated with Mt. Rainier in the Pacific Northwest.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Laurel Goodell
Date Added:
05/29/2019
Arctic Climate Perspectives
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This video along with a background essay focuses on impacts of climate change on the lives of Native Alaskans around Barrow, Alaska. Specific changes include the timing of the changes in the formation and breakout of sea ice and the impacts on subsistence living.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Date Added:
06/05/2019
Assessing earthquake risk: How often does the Big One occur?
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Students use spreadsheet tables and charts to explore the Gutenberg-Richter relationship between an earthquakes magnitude and recurrence interval.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Tom Juster
Date Added:
05/29/2019
As the Rotor Turns: Wind Power and You
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In this hands-on engineering activity, students will build a tabletop wind turbine. Students get acquainted with the basics of wind energy and power production by fabricating and testing various blade designs for table-top windmills constructed from one-inch PVC pipe and balsa wood (or recycled materials). The activity includes lots of good media and Web resources supporting the science content.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Date Added:
06/05/2019
As the Rotor Turns: Wind Power and You (Remix)
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This is an extension lesson that will allow students to develop a better understanding of wind as a source of alternative energy. This activity will require students to construct and measure the energy production of a table-top wind turbine. This activity has been remixed from As the Rotor Turns: Wind Power and You" by CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network licensed under Custom License.Image Credit: "Raglan" by Natalia Volna itravelNZ@ travel app is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Force/Motion/Energy
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Lindsey Layne
Liz Ashby
Corey Porter
Jean Weller
Janet Copenhaver
Date Added:
11/30/2019
Atmosphere and Weather Test Review
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This link will take you to a summative atmosphere and weather review. I use this as a homework assignment before the common assessment is given. It could be assigned in google classroom or printed and passed out as a hard copy.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Emily Harris
Date Added:
01/06/2020
Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide
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This is a figure from the 2007 IPCC Assessment Report 4 on atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide over the last 10,000 years (large panels) and since 1750 (inset panels).

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Date Added:
06/05/2019
Automotive Emissions and the Greenhouse Effect
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This is a laboratory activity in which students will compare the amount of carbon dioxide in four different sources of gas and determine the carbon dioxide contribution from automobiles. They test ambient air, human exhalation, automobile exhaust, and nearly pure carbon dioxide from a vinegar/baking soda mixture.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
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CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Date Added:
06/05/2019
Bering Sea Expedition
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In this investigation learners research the effects of melting sea ice in the Bering Sea Ecosystem. They create research proposals to earn a place on the scientific research vessel Healy and present their findings and proposals to a Research Board committee.

Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Date Added:
06/05/2019