Students learn about the urban heat island effect by investigating which areas of their schoolyard have higher temperatures. Then they analyze data about how the number of heat waves in an urban area has increased over time with population.

Sun and Space Weather

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.

Sun and Space Weather How Climate Works

Students learn that when light shines on an object, it is reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through the object, depending on the object’s material and frequency (color) of the light.

Sun and Space Weather

IntroductionStudents use iron filings to explore the magnetic field around a magnet and record their observations. Next, students apply their experience with the magnet to understand the magnetic field around Earth. Following their investigation, students summarize their findings.

Sun and Space Weather

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

Sun and Space Weather Earth as a System

This teaching box contains lessons about features of the Sun relevant to space weather prediction.

Sun and Space Weather

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.

How Weather Works How Climate Works Earth as a System Sun and Space Weather

Students create and observe wavelengths at both high and low energy levels using safety glasses, rope, and a power drill.

Sun and Space Weather