Changing Planet: Adaptation of Species – Grades 5-9 Students investigate how shape and structure of bird beaks affects the type of food that birds are able to eat, and view how global climate change is affecting many species of animals.
Changing Planet: Changing Mosquito Genes – Grades 8-12 Students investigate the topics of evolutionary adaptation and phenotypic plasticity to understand how species respond to the impacts of global climate change.
Weather v. Climate – Grades 5-8 Students will analyze weather and climate maps to determine the similarities and differences between the two terms and how each plays a role in our Earth system. (Lessons From Eco-Schools USA partnership with the Entergy Corporation)
Extreme Weather – Grades 5-8 Students will analyze US drought maps to examine the effect of the large-scale national drought on our resources, and to investigate local impacts and make personal connections. (Lessons From Eco-Schools USA partnership with the Entergy Corporation)
Land Surface Temperature and Longwave Radiation – Grades 9-12 Students will use temperature and longwave radiation data to determine whether the climate has changed in their city over a 22-year time span and how these trends vary across the globe. (Lessons from NASA and Eco-Schools USA Climate Change Connections Curriculum)
Investigating Trends in Carbon Dioxide – Grades 9-12 Students will examine the monthly carbon dioxide in the troposphere observations from the AIRS instrument to learn about how carbon dioxide varies in time and space. The satellite data will be considered in the context of long-term observation from Mauna Loa (the Keeling curve). (Lessons from NASA and Eco-Schools USA Climate Change Connections Curriculum)
Earth’s Albedo – Grades 9-12 Students will focus on how the reflectivity of the Earth’s surface affects how much solar energy is absorbed. Satellite-based observations of downward and upward short-wave fluxes will be used in combination with monthly snow-ice amount to examine how these quantities may be changing over time. (Lessons from NASA and Eco-Schools USA Climate Change Connections Curriculum)
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