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Teaching Resources

Are you teaching about weather, climate, air quality or other Earth system science topics? The UCAR Center for Science Education develops curriculum units, lesson plans, picture books, and other resources to support K-12 educators who are teaching science. All resources are freely available online.

Curriculum Units

GLOBE Weather

GLOBE Weather is a five-week curriculum unit designed to help middle school students understand weather at local, regional, and global scales.

Hurricane Resilience

Hurricane Resilience is a 20-day high school environmental science curriculum for use in coastal locations where hurricanes are common and helps students make connections between the science of hurricanes, how they affect their community and region, and how we can plan for a more resilient future.

Project Resilience

Project Resilience is a 20-day high school curriculum that helps students examine the environmental challenges facing communities along the Gulf of Mexico and learn about resilience planning using a resilience planning toolkit.

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Classroom Activities

Peruse our collection of more than a hundred K-12 lessons about the science of our planet, its weather, and climate. All classroom activities are classroom-ready and aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. If you are interested in sequences of lessons, take a look at the Digital Teaching Boxes, which combine experiments, content, and multimedia that build student understanding of Earth science.

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Other Learning Resources

Elementary GLOBE Books

Elementary GLOBE curriculum resources introduce students in grades K-4 to the study of Earth system science as part of the GLOBE Program. 

Read the Zika Zine

Learn how Aedes mosquitoes live, and you’ll discover how to reduce the number of places where mosquitoes can survive.

Read the Follow Me! Comic Book

Learn how scientists use satellites to track animals from space to discover exciting things like how far an arctic fox can walk, what parts of the ocean have the most blue whales, and what pronghorn avoid when they migrate.

Exploring Atmospheric Dust and Climate

This collection of educational activities engages the public around the topic of atmospheric dust and how it affects climate change.

Learning Zone

Visit our hub for short articles, interactives, classroom activities, and media to help you learn how the Earth works.

Atmospheric Science Literacy Framework

The Atmospheric Science Literacy Framework provides guidance about key topics in weather, climate and atmospheric science to include in educational programs and resources.