Climate Change Activities

Climate Change Activities

Through a simple online model, students learn about the relationship between average global temperature and carbon dioxide emissions while predicting temperature change over the 21st Century.

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.

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

Students analyze the energy consumption of a hypothetical household to determine the amount of carbon dioxide they are adding to the atmosphere each year.

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

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.

IntroductionIn 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.

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

In this graphing activity, students investigate Oxygen-18 data from ice cores used to investigate past climate.

Students investigate how thermal expansion of seawater impacts sea level.

Students match graphs showing aspects of observed climate change with statements that describe the observations.

Students review what scientists know and what they’re working to understand about the relationship between extreme weather events and climate change.

Students demonstrate their knowledge of interconnections between natural systems such as weather and climate and the built environment in which they live.

This lesson, a companion to the Drip Drop! music video, explores how climate change impacts the water cycle in the context of media literacy.

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

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

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

Elementary students learn about the climate zones of the world by interpreting graphs and identifying climate zones described in postcards.

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

In this activity, students move chips representing sunlight, heat, and infrared radiation around a series of boards representing Earth and its atmosphere.

Students use a deck of cards to model climate variability and longer-term trends in climate.

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.

Align tree ring cores of different ages to build up a long timeline of past climate data in this hands-on activity.

Students investigate maps and data to learn where and when hurricanes form and how climate change may be affecting them.

The amount of CO 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.

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.

Graph the extent of sea ice, over months and years, in the Arctic and Antarctic. Learn about the seasons and long-term trends.