Resources for Middle School Science Education
of the National Center for Atmospheric Research
the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
NCAR's Climate Discovery Online Courses
A Earth’s climate has evolved in remarkable ways since our planet’s origin. It also changes over shorter time periods in response to natural processes and human actions. These changes can impact our lives on a daily basis, now and in the future. Scientists draw upon many different, yet interrelated, fields of the geosciences as they strive to understand climate and global change. The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is offering middle and high school teachers an opportunity to learn about the science of climate and how current research is advancing our understanding through, Climate Discovery, a series of three online workshops.
Climate Discovery Teacher's Guide
teacher's guide was produced by the National Center for Atmospheric Research
as a companion to the Climate Discovery exhibit at our Boulder, Colorado
laboratory. Each unit contains lessons appropriate for grades 5-9 on a
variety of Earth system science topics that facilitate student learning
about our planet's climate system.
Earth and Atmospheric Science with the Kids' Crossing Web Site: A Guide
20-page guide outlines strategies for combining online learning of science
content from our Kids' Crossing Web site with hands-on, inquiry focused
activities, building literacy and science skills!
handouts full of weather experiments for the classroom are now available
to you in pdf format!
Climate & Global
Change Geoscience Education Workshop
The goal of the workshop is to provide standards-relevant science
content, training on easy to implement inquiry-based classroom activities,
and a broad overview of the geosciences in the context of climate
and global change to educator-leaders who are teaching sciences at
the middle and high school levels.
Library for Earth System Education
A grassroots, community-based effort involving teachers, students,
and scientists working together to create a library of educational
resources and services to support Earth system science education,
at all levels, in both formal and informal settings. DLESE resources
include electronic materials for both teachers and learners such
as lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, visualizations, assessment
activities, curriculum, online courses, and much more. Sponsored
by the National Science Foundation, DLESE is being designed, built,
and governed by community members from around the country.
the Atmospheric Sciences
Newsletter of informal science education of UCAR and NCAR
An exciting, worldwide, hands-on education and science program
A multimedia learning package created by COMET®, Hurricane Strike!
is 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.
a New Light: The Color of Weather and Climate (6.8 mb PDF)
This 72-page booklet
(in PDF format) is the handout for the popular workshop presented at NSTA
by UCAR Education and Outreach staff. The booklet provides extensive background
information and directions for all hands-on activities presented during
Atmospheric Science Explorers
Enhancement program for science teachers
in the Greenhouse
This resource, created
at NCAR/UCAR, allows students to learn about Earth's climate system and
climate change in a whimsical, entirtaining way.
in the Geosciences Workshop
Environmental concerns are becoming increasingly pressing and complex,
requiring citizens to have much better understanding of Earth systems
and processes, and the methods scientists use to unravel this complexity
to develop an understanding of the underlying systems. Models are an important
tool used by scientists to study and better understand complex systems.
To increase teacher understanding of models and their utility in Earth
System Science studies, NASA’s Earth System Enterprise is sponsoring
the Modeling in the Geosciences Workshop (MGW) for middle and high school
teachers that will explore Earth System Modeling concepts that are relevant
for classroom use.
National Science Digital Library
comprehensive source for science, technology, engineering and mathematics
Funded by the National Science Foundation.
Newsletter for science teachers published by UCAR and SIRS, Inc.,
an educational publisher
Mathematics curriculum using real-time weather data
Sites Using Unidata Systems for K-12 and General Education
Weather for Kids
This website, created at UCAR, helps elementary and middle school
students learn what makes weather wet and wild. Throughout the website
are hands-on activities to try at home or in the classroom.
Take your students
on a tour of the water cycle. This section of the Kids Crossing website
was created at NCAR/UCAR to help elementary and middle school students
understandthe water cycle.
to the Universe
A fun and different Web site about the Earth and Space sciences