Curriculum Resources

CYCLES Teacher Resource Repository

Title: Wild Rice Curriculum Resource

Description: 

Location: Manoomin Curriculum_090611

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Title: Teaching with Data, Simulations, and Models

Source: Science Education Resource Center (SERC) @ Carleton College

Description: This site provides resources to help faculty use real-world data sets and models and simulations of geoscience processes effectively and easily in their classrooms, and contains access to teaching materials and tips from the classroom and literature about the supporting pedagogy.

Location: http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/data_models/index.html
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Title: Teaching with Google Earth

Source: Science Education Resource Center (SERC) @ Carleton College

Description: A complete guide to using Google Earth in the geoscience classroom, as well as ready-to-use classroom activities

Location: http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/google_earth/index.html
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Title: UNESCO Climate Change Education Clearinghouse

Source: UNESCO

Description: Clearinghouse that contains pedagogical resources and research documents related to climate change education (see links on right of page)

Location: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/climate-change-education/cce-clearinghouse/
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Title: NOAA Climate Education Resources Page

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Description: Excellent portal to different types of data and classroom resources. NOAA stores data as original observations.

Location: http://www.education.noaa.gov/Climate/

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Title: The GLOBE Protocols for various classroom experiments

Source: NASA, NOAA and NSF Earth System Science Projects (ESSP’s) partnership for study and research about the dynamics of Earth’s environment.
Description: Offers worldwide network of students, teachers and scientists working together to study the global ecosystems. Teachers use GLOBE to guide their students through daily, weekly and seasonal environmental observations

Location: http://globe.gov

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Title: Yale Climate Change Communication Project

Source: Yale University

Description: This project aims to advance public understanding and engagement with climate change science and solutions.Teachers can use this website as a reference for their own communication skills. There are no lesson plans on this website.

Location: http://environment.yale.edu/climate

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Title: International Action on Global Warming -IGLO

Source: Linked website through Yale climate communication project

Description: ASTC’s Communicating Climate Change works with science centers and partnering scientific research sites to develop local indicators of climate change in 12 locations across the United States.

Location:  http://astc.org/iglo/c3/
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Title: Climate Hot Map

Source: Union of Concerned Scientists Climate HOTMAP

Description: UCS’s Climate Hot Map illustrates the potential and already occurring consequences of global climate change identified in peer-reviewed studies.  New “hot spots” will be added to the map monthly to reflect the latest scientific research.

Location: http://www.climatehotmap.org

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Title: Quality videos and Interactive media

Source: PBS NOW Global warming classroom

Description: Quality videos, interactive media, lesson plans specifically targeted at high school classrooms

Location: http://www.pbs.org/now/classroom/globalwarming.html

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Title: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Source: IPCC

Description: IPCC reports are the best resource for the current climate change research. They also produced the global climate model emissions scenarios, which drive forecasts of future climate.

Location: http://www.ipcc.ch/
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Title:  Kid’s corner

Source: Pew Center on Global Climate Change

Description: Their information is categorized as economy, policy, state-specific issues and energy.

Location: http://www.pewclimate.org
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Title: How do we know what we know about our changing climate: Scientists and Kids explore Global Warming

Source: Reference from NSTA lecture

Description: This source is available as a book and a website. Offers information at how research in diverse fields leads to an understanding of the warming climate and what the children and adults are doing about it

Location: http://www.HowWeKnowClimateChange.com
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Title: EPA Teaching Resources

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

Description: Resources for teachers, ideas for conversation starters, tips for students

Location: http://www.epa.gov/teachers
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Title: SERC K-12 Portal

Source: Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College

Description: Portal to various science teaching resources, including activities for global climate change.

Location: http://serc.carleton.edu/k12/index.html
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Title: Earth Exploration Toolbook

Source: SERC at Carleton College

Description: The Earth Exploration Toolbook is a collection of computer-based Earth science activities. Each activity, or chapter, introduces one or more data sets and an analysis tool that enables users to explore some aspect of the Earth system.

Location: http://serc.carleton.edu/eet/index.html
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Title: UCAR Climate Science Videos

Source: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Description: A set of short videos (3-10 minute) of scientists’ answers to a variety of questions related to climate change, including, “What is meant by ‘climate uncertainty’?” and “What are the likely impacts of climate change?”

Location: http://www.ucar.edu/webcasts/voices/
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Title: United States Historical Climatology Network

Source: USHCN

Description: A web-based map interface that provides access to historical climate data, including temperature and precipitation, for locations around the United States.

Location: http://cdiac.ornl.gov/epubs/ndp/ushcn/ushcn_map_interface.html
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Title: NASA Earth Observatory Experiments

Source: NASA

Description: interactive experiments that can be used to teach all ages about the art and science of space-based remote sensing. The experiments focus on how NASA uses remote sensing to study how and why the Earth changes.

Location: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Experiments/index.php
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Title: Activities in climate change

Source: Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences

Description: interactive experiments that can be used to teach all ages about climate change. This site also links to various other sites where activities have been previously designed for classroom use

Location: http://www.koshland-science-museum.org/teach/list.do?subject.id=3
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Title: NASA Climate Change Interactive Quizzes

Source: NASA Climate Site

Description: Six quizzes with questions related to various topics

Location:http://climate.nasa.gov/quizzes/index.cfm

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Title: NOAA Climate Literacy

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Description: Fifty years after the IGY, as part of a community effort to promote climate literacy, current climate scientists, formal and informal educators, and representatives of a range of U.S. agencies participated in developing and vetting a list of the most important concepts in climate science. The document they produced — Climate Literacy: The Essential Principles of Climate Science — reflects a broad and current effort to define climate literacy.

Location: http://climate.noaa.gov/index.jsp?pg=/education/edu_index.jsp&edu=literacy
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Title: Ocean Literacy Framework

Source: Ocean Literacy

Description: Ocean literacy is defined as an understanding of the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean. The Ocean Literacy Framework is comprised of two consensus documents: (1) Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences K-12 (also known as the Ocean Literacy Principles); and (2) Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K-12 (also known as the Scope & Sequence).

Location: http://oceanliteracy.wp2.coexploration.org/?page_id=47
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Title: Atmospheric Science Literacy

Source: University cooperation of Atmospheric Research

Description:  This framework for Atmospheric Science Literacy provides guidance to educators and the public on these big ideas. It has been chosen to structure the framework with Essential Principles (EPs) at the highest level, on which more detailed information depends. Subordinate and more specific Fundamental Concepts (FCs) offer foundational knowledge which is needed to fully understand the Essential Principles.

Location: http://eo.ucar.edu/asl/index.html

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Title: Earth Science Literacy Principles

Source: Earth Science Literacy Initiative

Description: The Earth Science Literacy Initiative (ESLI), funded by the National Science Foundation, has gathered and codified the underlying understandings of Earth sciences into a succinct document that will have broad-reaching applications in both public and private arenas. It establishes the “Big Ideas” and supporting concepts that all Americans should know about Earth sciences. The resulting Earth Science Literacy framework will also become part of the foundation, along with similar documents from the Oceans, Atmospheres and Climate communities, of a larger geoscience Earth Systems Literacy effort.

Location: http://www.earthscienceliteracy.org/

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Title: Project Globe

Source: The Globe Program

Description: The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE’s vision promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA, NOAA and NSF Earth System Science Projects (ESSP’s) in study and research about the dynamics of Earth’s environment.

Location: http://globe.gov/

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Title: Steger Foundation

Source: Will Steger Foundation

Description: Will Steger Foundation’s K-12 interdisciplinary climate change education program includes lesson plans that are experiential in nature, tied to national standards, and available free for download. The curricula and online adventure learning program is proud to have the support of the National Education Association with over 3.2 million members. Will Steger Foundation also provides exciting expedition footage from Will Steger and partner polar expeditions and a variety of other resources. Learn more about what we offer.

Location: http://www.willstegerfoundation.org/programs/k-12-education-program

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Title: Climate and Weather Education (Mark Seeley)

Source: University of Minnesota – Extension, Climate and Weather Education

Description: Minnesota businesses are affected by weather. Our work helps them understand, plan and make weather-related decisions through the use of climatic data, real-time observations and forecast products. It also helps citizens understand the impact of our changing climate.

Location: http://www.extension.umn.edu/Climate/

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Title:  Young Voices on Climate Change

Description: Young Voices on Climate Change is a series of short films featuring young people using science and data to reduce the carbon footprint of their homes, schools, communities, and states. The films present replicable success stories.

Location: http://www.youngvoicesonclimatechange.com/

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Title: USA National Phenology Network

Description: The USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) monitors the influence of climate on the phenology of plants, animals, and landscapes. We do this by encouraging people to observe phenological events like leaf out, flowering, migrations, and egg laying, and by providing a place for people to enter, store, and share their observations. We also work with researchers to develop tools and techniques to use these observations to support a wide range of decisions made routinely by citizens, managers, scientists, and others, including decisions related to allergies, wildfires, water, and conservation.

Location: http://www.usanpn.org/

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Title: 350.org

Description: 350 is the most important number in the world—it’s what scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. 350.org works hard to organize in a new way—everywhere at once, using online tools to facilitate strategic offline action.

Location: http://www.350.org/

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Title: B4Warmed: Boreal Forest Warming at an Ecotone in Danger

Description: The project is funded by the Department of Energy and will last four years. Principal Investigators are Peter Reich (PI), Rebecca MontgomerySarah HobbieJacek Oleksyn andRoy Rich (co-investigators). The research seeks to help answer the question, “How will Minnesota tree species respond to a warming climate?”

Location: http://forestecology.cfans.umn.edu/B4WARMED.html

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Title: The US Global Change Reseach Program

Description: The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society. Its Mission is to build a knowledge base that informs human responses to climate and global change through coordinated and integrated federal programs of research, education, communication, and decision support

Location: http://www.globalchange.gov/

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 Title: Project 2061″Global Climate Change”

Description: With two new grants from NOAA and NASA, Project 2061 will provide science educators with free, online access to high-quality resources designed to increase middle school students’ weather and climate literacy. The teaching resources, including classroom activities and assessment tools, will cover a variety of earth, ocean, and atmospheric phenomena.

Location: http://www.project2061.org/

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USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Maps

Description: The US Department of Agriculture recently updated their plant hardiness zone maps, which are “the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive in a certain location.” They calculate this map based on average minimum winter temperature.

Link: http://chartporn.org/2012/01/26/not-a-global-warming-map/

Note: The Washington Post has a cool visualization that allows you to compare 1990 and 2012 plant hardiness maps here (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/local/planthardinesszones/index.html). Think about ways your students could use these maps to explore ideas about climate.