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A Companion Activity to the Drip Drop! Music Video

Drip Drop! is a music video intended to engage young people in a conversation about climate and water.
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Analyzing Tree Ring Data Sequences

Align tree ring cores of different ages to build up a long timeline of past climate data in this hands-on activity.
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Carbon Dioxide Sources and Sinks Activity

The amount of CO2  is increasing, which has an impact on global climate. In this lesson, students will investigate some of the ways CO2 gets into and out of the atmosphere, and how this process might affect the overall balance in our world.
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Climate & Water Teaching Box

Recent climate change is already having impacts - from melting Arctic sea ice and glaciers, to the lack of rainfall in the southwest and central United States, and the impacts of sea level rise on coasts worldwide. This teaching box is filled with explorations and readings that help secondary students learn how climate change is affecting the water cycle.
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Climate Variability Card Shuffle

Students use a deck of cards to model climate variability and longer-term trends in climate.
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Clouds, Weather, and Climate Teaching Box

This Teaching Box combines activities, data analysis, and discussion to help high school students consider how weather can affect clouds and how clouds can affect climate.
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Connections in the Earth System

Students demonstrate their knowledge of interconnections between natural systems such as weather and climate and the built environment in which they live.
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Dark Skies: Volcanic Contribution to Climate Change

In this lesson, students are introduced to the effects a major volcanic eruption has on the atmosphere through recent and historical images and videos and by exploring a simple model. They will learn about atmospheric change that causes a reduction in light to Earth’s surface and how this contributes to climate change.
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El Niño Teaching Box

This Teaching Box combines readings and activities that utilize data to build student understanding of the changes that happen to the Pacific Ocean and atmosphere during an El Niño event.
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Exploring Paleoclimate Data

In this graphing activity, students investigate Oxygen-18 data from ice cores used to investigate past climate.
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Field Projects: Science in Action

In this activity, students gather information about atmospheric scientific field projects in order to understand how a research question about the Earth system can be answered by collecting data using many different research platforms and instruments.
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Get the Picture - Clouds and Climate

Students review illustrations, maps, cross-sections, and graphs that tell a piece of the story about the effects of clouds on climate. They answer "True and False" questions about each visual and discuss what they take away from the information.
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Glaciers Then and Now

Students compare photographs of glaciers to observe how Alaskan glaciers have changed over the last century.
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Greenhouse Effect Teaching Box

This teaching box provides resources related to the greenhouse effect. It will help you teach how the greenhouse effect works, and how it prevents Earth from becoming a frozen ball of ice, and why there is too much of it happening today.
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Greenhouse Gas Game: Using Play to Learn Complex Concepts

This Greenhouse Gas Game enables students to interact with each other as they learn about the heat-trapping properties of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. They learn that human actions are altering the levels of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Teams explore how long it takes to reach the top of the Temperature Tracker based on human activity, with the winner taking the longest to reach the top of the Temperature Tracker.
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Hurricanes and Climate

Students investigate maps and data to learn where and when hurricanes form and how climate change may be affecting them.
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Little Ice Age Data Analysis

Students receive data about tree ring records, solar activity, and volcanic eruptions during the Little Ice Age (AD 1350–1850). By comparing and contrasting time intervals when tree growth was at a minimum, solar activity was low, and major volcanic eruptions occurred, they draw conclusions about possible natural causes of climate change.
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Looking Into Surface Albedo

This hands-on inquiry activity allows students to explore how the color of materials that cover the Earth affects the amounts of sunlight it absorbs using a simple model.
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Model a Moving Glacier

Students make a model of glacier motion and then design an experiment to figure out what affects the speed of a glacier.
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Model Resolution Exploration

Students create and investigate a physical model to explore how the resolution of a mathematical model impacts model results.
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Paleoclimates and Pollen

Students examine "pollen" in simulated lake bottom sediment core samples to infer past climate in the vicinity of the lake.
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Plugged In To CO2

Students analyze the energy consumption of a household appliance and estimate the amount of carbon dioxide it is adding to the atmosphere each year.
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Studying CO2 from Pole to Pole

In this activity, students will analyze data sets that show how carbon dioxide varies through the atmosphere at different latitudes, altitudes, and different times of year.
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The Systems Game

Systems thinking is an important concept across the Earth sciences. In this game, students either are a part of a system or serve as scientists tasked with observing and making sense of the system moving in front of them.
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Thermal Expansion of Water

Students investigate how thermal expansion of seawater impacts sea level.
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Trees: Recorders of Climate Change

Students observe tree rings in a tree cross section sample and analyze tree ring data to interpret paleoclimate conditions. 
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Weather and Climate Data Exploration

Students explore the relationship between weather and climate by graphing weather temperature data and comparing with climate averages.