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Modeling Asperities with Spaghetti part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
This activity uses a physical model to facilitate students' understanding of elastic deformation of rocks and the episodic nature of motion on a fault, which leads to earthquakes and aftershocks.

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Seismic Design Competition part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
This project is a modified version of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Student Leadership Council's Seismic Design Competition. This project has teams of students work to research, plan, build and ...

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Stepping Through Climate Science part of CLEAN Collection

In this short activity, students create a timeline of climate science over the past 200 years and gather information from a U.S. Forest Service video about mitigation and adaptation strategies ...
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Clearing the Air part of CLEAN Collection

In this activity, students learn about the scientific evidence supporting climate change, use this information to evaluate and improve conclusions some people might draw about climate change, and ...
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Next Generation Climate Lesson 5 - In what ways can the repercussions of climate change be minimized? part of CLEAN Collection

In this multi-part activity, students distinguish between adaptation and mitigation, in response to climate change, and research and discuss/debate strategies to minimize the effects of climate ...
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Next Generation Climate Lesson 2 - What factors have caused the rise in the global temperature over the last century? part of CLEAN Collection

In this activity, students explore factors that have caused the rise in global temperature over the last century. Educators have the opportunity to assess how modeling activities (the game), ...
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Climate Change and Human Health part of CLEAN Collection

In this activity, students investigate the impacts of changing climatic conditions on human health and consider the benefits of climate mitigation and adaptation to human health.
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Atlas of Change part of CLEAN Collection

In this activity, students explore the web-based U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Atlas to learn about projected climate changes in their state and how suitable habitat for tree and bird species is ...
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Energy Lab part of CLEAN Collection

This online activity challenges students to design a renewable energy system for one of five different cities, each with different energy resource potential and budgets. Students can test their ...
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Absorption by atmospheric gases of incoming and outgoing radiation part of CLEAN Collection

In this activity, students use the absorption spectra of greenhouse gases to explore the nature of the greenhouse effect.
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State Electricity on Google Earth: How many solar panels would it take? part of CLEAN Collection

In this activity, students calculate electricity use by state and determine, using Google Earth, how much land would be required to replace all sources of electricity with solar panels.
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Unit 1: What is Sustainability in the Context of Water? part of Water, Agriculture, Sustainability
In this three to four class unit, students will: Assess the case for a global water crisis and its relevance in America. Expand their understanding of sustainability as a contestable concept and movement. Consider ...

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Unit 2: Water Footprints part of Water, Agriculture, Sustainability
Unit 2 opens a window into water accounting and reveals intensive water use that few people think about. How much water goes into common commodities? Have you considered how much water it takes to support our ...

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Communicating Climate 2: Literary Representations of Climate Change part of CLEAN Collection

This activity explores how the topic of climate change is represented in various forms of writing, from scholarly articles to opinion pieces and works of fiction. While the content does not emphasize ...
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Climate Change, After the Storm part of CLEAN Collection

This 3-activity sequence addresses the question: "To what extent should coastal communities build or rebuild?" The activity uses social science and ...
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Effectively engaging with climate skeptics part of CLEAN Collection

In this activity, students select an argument of a climate skeptic, research it, and write up a mock dialog that portrays a back-and-forth discussion between the skeptic and a non-skeptic, while ...
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Why Do Some Molecules Absorb Infrared Energy? part of CLEAN Collection

In this short, hands-on activity, students build simple molecular models of 4 atmospheric gases (O2, N2, C02, and methane), compare their resonant frequencies, and make the connection between ...
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Heating it Up: The Chemistry of the Greenhouse Effect part of CLEAN Collection

This lesson explores the chemistry of some of the greenhouse gases that affect Earth's climate. Third in a series of 9 lessons from an online module entitled 'Visualizing and Understanding ...
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Abrupt Events of the Past 70 Million Years – Evidence from Scientific Ocean Drilling part of CLEAN Collection

In this 6-part activity, students learn about climate change during the Cenozoic and the abrupt changes at the Cretaceous/Paleogene boundary (65.5 million years ago), the Eocene/Oligocene boundary ...
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Modeling the Complexities of the Carbon Cycle Utilizing Excel part of CLEAN Collection

This set of activities is about carbon sources, sinks, and fluxes among them - both with and without anthropogenic components.
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