Investigate water in a warmer world. This teaching box is filled with explorations and readings that help secondary students learn how climate change is affecting the water cycle.

Impacts of Climate Change Earth as a System

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

How Weather Works How Climate Works Earth as a System

This Teaching Box combines readings and activities to build student understanding of the changes that happen during an El Niño event.

Earth as a System

This teaching box provides resources related to the greenhouse effect. It will help you teach how the greenhouse effect warms our planet.

How Climate Works Earth as a System Layers of the Atmosphere

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).

Earth as a System

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

Earth as a System

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. 

Earth as a System

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

Earth as a System

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

Earth as a System Sun and Space Weather

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.

Earth as a System

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

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.

Earth as a System

In this activity, students will build a model to simulate parts of the water cycle. They will be able to recognize and explain the essential elements of the water cycle.

How Weather Works Earth as a System

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.

Earth as a System