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Elementary GLOBE Resources

Meet the Clouds

Join Simon, Anita, and Dennis as they explore the names of clouds. And what's a Contrail?


Cloud Fun
Each student will be given the opportunity to create their own cumulus cloud out of white paper and mount it on blue paper. Students will also complete the Cloud Fun Student Activity Sheet that includes a description of the cloud and what the weather was like on the day the cloud was observed.

Cloud Scape
Using information from the Elementary GLOBE book Do You Know that Clouds Have Names? and their own observations, students construct a sky scene with trees and buildings as reference points on the ground and cloud types ordered by altitude in the sky. Students will describe clouds using their own vocabulary and will then correlate their descriptions with the standard classifications of cloud types used by The GLOBE Program.

Spread or Not to Spread
Students will explore the difference between the three types of contrails. Then they will make observations of contrails outside, and record their observations. Fifteen minutes later they will make follow-up observations to see how the contrails they observed have changed.

The Mystery of the Missing Hummingbirds

Join Anita, Simon, and Dennis and the rest of Ms. Patel's class as they research where the hummingbirds have gone and when they might return.


All Year Long
Each student will keep a science journal during each of the four seasons. Students will record observations of the general outdoor environment they visit and then will make observations of one specific item from the habitat in each season. At the end of the school year, students will compare one of their seasonal drawings and share their results with the class.

The Colors of the Seasons
Using a color chart, students will make observations outside during each of the four seasons. During each session, they will try to find as many colors as possible and record what they see. As a class they will make charts describing the colors they find in each season. At the end of the school year, students will compare their results and generate conclusions about variations in colors in nature both within a season and between different seasons.

Honing in on Hummingbirds
In this activity, students will record a list of things they already know about hummingbirds and a list of things they would like to learn about hummingbirds. Then they will conduct research to find answers to their questions. Using their new knowledge, each student will make a hummingbird out of art supplies. Finally, using their hummingbirds as props, the students will play charades to test each other in their knowledge of the ruby-throated hummingbirds.

All About the Earth

Join Simon, Anita, Emily, and the rest of Ms. Patel's class as they gain an understanding of how the Earth works as a system while preparing their end of the school year play.


Earth System in a Bottle
In pairs, students will create experimental conditions in terrariums in order to study what plants need to live. Variables to study include the presence or absence of soil, water, and sunlight. Students will record the growth of radish plants as well as observations of "the water cycle" in their terrariums. At the conclusion of their experiments, students will share their results with the class and discuss how water, Earth materials, and air are all necessary to support living things.

We’re All Connected: Earth Systems Interaction
In this activity, students continue to explore the idea of interaction among Earth components as they identify processes in the Earth system and indicate how they illustrate an interaction between two of the Earth system components.

Earth System Play
The class will brainstorm, write, create, and produce a play in which they represent how all the Earth systems are interconnected. This play can be based on the Elementary GLOBE book All About Earth: Our World on Stage.

The Scoop on Soils

Join Simon, Anita, and Dennis as they follow their dog, Scoop, and find themselves in the middle of an adventure in soil!


Getting to Know Soil
Each student will make predictions about the properties of various soil samples. Then they will examine several types of soils and record their observations. Next, they will learn about soil profiles and horizons by both examining a soil sample in a jar and by creating a soil profile flip chart.

Soil Treasure Hunt
Students will make predictions about what they think they will find in a sample of soil. They will investigate the sample and sort out the various items they find. Next they will spend time outside observing one or more sites to see what they find in the soil. After recording and sharing their observations they will create their own stories about the things they found in the soil.

We All Need Soils
Each student will explore three activities that promote understanding of and respect for soil. They will generate responses to the following questions: "What makes up soil?" and "What lives in the soil?" Next the students will watch a demonstration of how much soil there is on Earth that is available for human use. Last they will create their own soil connection sentences.

Discoveries at Willow Creek

Follow Simon, Anita, and Dennis as they join Hannah, a local scientist, in making new discoveries at Willow Creek.


Magnify That
Students will learn about magnification and how a magnifying lens works. They will examine a variety of different objects, first without a magnifier and then with a magnifier, and compare what they observe. They will practice observing details of these objects with a magnifying lens.

Measure Up
Students will use various objects in the classroom to experiment with nonstandard measurement. They will make estimates and test them out. Then, working in pairs or small groups, students will use a ruler or a measuring tape to become familiar with how to use these tools for standard linear measurement.

Water Wonders
Students will be introduced to different species of macroinvertebrates. They will hypothesize why each insect looks the way it does. Then students will make observations of macroinvertebrates in an aquarium in their classroom. For an optional extension, teachers can take students to a local stream or pond to conduct field observations.

What's Up with the Atmosphere?

What color is the sky today? Anita, Simon, and Dennis want to know why the sky isn’t always blue. They learn that there’s a lot more than air in the atmosphere, which can affect the colors we see in the sky.


NGSS and CC alignment: What’s Up with the Atmosphere?

Sky Observations
Students will make observations of the sky, record their findings and share their observation reports with their peers. The purpose if the activity is to engage students in active observation and recording skills; and to help students observe sky color, recognize that sky color changes.

Why (Not) So Blue?
Students will make observations of the sky, record their findings and share their observation reports with their peers. The purpose if the activity is to engage students in active observation and recording skills; and to help students observe sky color, recognize that sky color changes.

See the Light
Students will use prisms and glue sticks to explore the properties of light. The purpose of the activity to demonstrate that white light is made up of seven colors that represent different wavelengths; and to illustrate why the sky is blue during the day and red at sunset.

Up in the Air
Students will work in groups to make an aerosol sampler, a simple adhesive tool that allows students to collect data and estimate the extent of aerosols present at their school. The purpose of the activity is to introduce students to aerosols and help students understand that there are small particulates in the atmosphere; to engage students in collecting, analyzing, interpreting data, and making predictions; and to introduce students to the concept of random sampling.

Coming Soon: What in the World is Happening to Our Climate?


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