Welcome to Weather and Climate Basics for K-5 Educators
This half-day workshop provides an overview of Weather and Climate topics and introduces activities suitable for K-5 classrooms. To begin, visit the topics on the left. At the end of the workshop you will be able to:
describe the role of the Earth's energy budget as it pertains to the Earth's climate
explain the role that greenhouse gases play in warming the atmosphere
distinguish between the concepts of weather and climate
explore with a class how climate change is impacting the community tin which you live
This website contains all the handhouts that are provided during the face-to-face workshop, and includes educative curricula that has been adapted for upper elementary audiences.
To complete your participation in the workshop, you are asked to teach a lesson on any weather or climate topic that fits with your curriculum, and reflect on its effectiveness in promoting learning about the topic with your students. Submit the lesson that you used in the classroom to the blogspace, and you can use the blogspace to post your action research and reflecctions- you are also welcome to comment or ask questions of others- click on the "blog" tab above. You are welcome to use any of the materials provided in the workshop, or adapt others for your own use.
Classroom Climate Change Workshop Followup!Last Updated on 2012-02-20 22:28:32Here is the place where you can post the lesson you used in your classroom and your reflections. What questions did your students have? What concepts were difficult for them to understand? What worked, and what didn't? Looking forward to reading your posts! More »
NASA study: Earth's energy budget 'out of balance'Last Updated on 2012-02-20 00:00:00
NASA study: Earth's energy budget 'out of balance'
A graph of the sun's total solar irradiance shows that in recent years irradiance dipped to the lowest levels recorded during the satellite era. The resulting reduction in the amount of solar energy available to affect Earth's climate was about .25 watts per square meter, less than half of Earth's total energy imbalance. (Credit: NASA/James Hansen)
By Adam Voiland,
NASA's Earth Science News Team
A new NASA study underscores the fact that greenhouse gases generated by human activity—not changes in solar activity—are the primary force driving global warming.
The study offers an updated calculation of the Earth's energy imbalance, the difference between the amount of solar energy absorbed by Earth's surface and the amount returned to space as heat. The researchers'... More »
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