EarthLabs is an ongoing curriculum development project of TERC, a non-profit research and development group that supports math and science education for learners of all ages.
The National Science Foundation has funded TERC to develop a set of high school curriculum units or "modules" that help students understand the relationship between climate and the Earth system, with its cycles that occur at frequencies that range from daily and seasonally to thousands or tens of thousands of years.
Modules engage students through a combination of readings, videos, interactive visualizations, hands-on lab experiences, class discussions, presentations, and data analysis. Ideally students have access to computers as they participate, but teachers can use alternative approaches, for example printing materials, projecting the modules from a classroom computer, and possibly using a computer lab for key sessions.
There are 4 Climate EarthLabs modules, listed below. The home page for the Student Web site, which holds the curriculum modules, is http://serc.carleton.edu/eslabs/index.html. The home page for the Teacher Web site, which holds all of the supporting materials, is http://serc.carleton.edu/earthlabs/index.html. Each Web-based module requires approximately 12 to 15 class periods to complete. Click on a link below to see an outline on the Teacher Web site of each Climate module.
The Climate EarthLabs project is now accepting applications from high school science teachers who are interested in partnering with TERC in a Research Implementation. While the modules are essentially complete, they are still being refined, so your participation in the research effort and in providing feedback will help improve the modules.
Research Implementation involves the following elements:
1. Collect and forward signed consent forms from
- Teacher (you)
- School principal
- Possibly your school district (depends on district policy)
- Parents and/or students.
2. Have students complete an on-line pre-test before they start the module.
3. Teach one complete Climate module prior to the December 2014 school vacation.
4. Complete a brief online feedback form for each section or "Lab" (6 or 7 total)
5. Arranging for a colleague to observe one class period
6. Have students complete an on-line post-test within 2 weeks of finishing the module
Honorarium: For managing the forms and logistics described above related to the research effort you will receive an honorarium of $300.
To participate in the Research Implementation, complete the Partner Teacher Application