Earth System Activities

Earth System Activities

Students use a simple model to explore how roof colors can impact the temperature of an urban area.

Students play the role of nitrogen atoms traveling through the nitrogen cycle to gain understanding of the varied pathways through the cycle and the relevance of nitrogen to living things.

In this activity, students use a graph to make a hypothesis about the difference between urban heat in New York City streets and in Central Park.

Students will use soda to explore how carbon dioxide is able to dissolve into liquid. They will learn about Henry's law, which describes how the solubility of gas into liquids is dependent on temperature and develop hypotheses about how the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, a greenhouse gas, is affected by rising atmospheric and oceanic temperatures.

Students will investigate how different surfaces of the Earth reflect and absorb heat and apply this knowledge to real-world situations.

In this activity, students will construct models of the arrangement of water molecules in the three physical states. Students will understand that matter can be found in three forms or phases (solid, liquid, and gas).

In this activity, students will observe and measure the water given off through transpiration by a plant in a small terrarium. 

In this activity, students will develop a model of a forest using plastic bottles and then observe and analyze changes in winds related to differences in forest density.