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Climate Literacy Catalog

This collection of web sites was developed in the Fall of 2008 by Mark S. McCaffrey of CIRES Education and Outreach as a "next step" toward a reviewed and annotated collection of "cream of the crop" high quality digital resources that support the Essential Principles of Climate Literacy. Building on experience gained through the development of the Climate Change Collection, the goal of this phase of the effort is to begin to assemble a catalog of online resources that in the near future will be reviewed i) for scientific accuracy and currency by science experts, ii) for ease of use and appropriateness in educational settings and iii) annotated with any suggestions, concerns or ideas for enrichment and extensions to the resource.

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Climate Modeling part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from Carleton College features an introduction to modeling earth�s climate system using STELLA. Topics covered include basic concepts and processes of the earth�s climate system, model ...

Where in the World is Carbon Dioxide? part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This three part activity has students set up experiments to help them better understand the atmospheric portion of the carbon cycle. From this activity, they will be able to explain the concept of ...

Orbital Forces: Student Page part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This activity teaches students about orbital motions and forces using a tennis ball swung by a ribbon. Students answer the question "What happens when you let the ball go?" Background information, ...

Differences Between Climate and Weather part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This activity will provide students with first hand knowledge of local weather changes and how they relates to local climates. After this activity students will understand the general distinctions ...

Climate Variability part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity students will simulate climate variability and come to understand that long-term climate averages are the result of significant annual climate variability. After this activity ...

Time and Cycles: Dendrochronology part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity, students will use pre-marked paper strips to simulate tree-ring core samples to help them understand that data for past climate changes can be gathered from sources beyond long-term ...

Atmospheric Processes: Radiation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity, students investigate how different surfaces absorb heat and apply their experience with the surfaces to interpret real-world situations. From this information, they come to ...

The Greenhouse Effect part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site provides an overview of the Earth's atmospheric greenhouse effect by briefly exploring the atmospheres of nearby planets and discussing the greenhouse gases of our atmosphere, such as, ...

Carbon Dioxide: The Heat is On part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity, students will observe the effect of the gases resulting from a burned fossil fuel on the heat absorption of air and determine the ability of phytoplankton to remove greenhouse gases ...

Oil Spill Cleanup part of CLEAN Collection

This hands-on activity will provide students with an understanding of the issues that surround environmental clean-up. Students will create their own oil spill, try different methods for cleaning it ...

Power Source part of CLEAN Collection

In this short activity, students or groups are tasked to make concept sketches that track the source of electrical power as far back as they can conceive. The concept sketches reveal students' prior ...

Plugged in to CO2 part of CLEAN Collection

In this classroom activity, students measure the energy use of various appliances and electronics and calculate how much carbon dioxide (CO2) is released to produce that energy.

Evaluating the Effects of Local Energy Resource Development part of CLEAN Collection

This is a semester-long jigsaw project in which students work in teams to explore the effects of energy resource development on local water resources, economics, and society. Students are presented ...

Climate Change: Connections and Solutions, Grades 9-12 part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This two-week curriculum unit for grades 9-12 encourages students to think critically about climate change and to collaborate to devise solutions. Students learn about climate change within a systems ...

The Earth's Orbit part of SERC Web Resource Collection

These eleven activities relate to the results of the motion and position of the Earth in its orbit, investigating both the causes and the effects of changing seasons. It starts simply by trying to ...

Analyzing Greenhouse Gases and Global Temperature Data Over Time part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity, students plot data on the concentrations of various greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere and look for trends. They will learn that greenhouse gases allow the Sun's light to pass ...

Ice Cores Teacher's Guide part of SERC Web Resource Collection

In this activity, students will learn how and why scientists drill ice cores in Greenland. They will use this knowledge to create an ice core that demonstrates how natural and human factors affect ...

Global Warming Facts and Our Future part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This virtual museum website provides easily understood scientific information that helps both policy makers and the public answer important questions about the changing global climate in order to ...

Vostok Ice Core Lab Activity part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from Columbia provides a lab activity that introduces students to Vostok ice core data. Students will examine the changes of temperature, carbon dioxide, methane, and dust as a function of ...



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