Earth and Space Science

Earth Day April 22, 2012

Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:37 PM

Hi All,
Wondering if any teachers are planning special events and activities in their classroom or this coming weekend to coincide with Earth Day April 22, 2012

Here is a link from the Earth Day Network

The NAP has for Earth Day which you can download for free

America's Climate Choices

Climate change is occurring. It is very likely caused by the emission of greenhouse gases from human activities, and poses significant risks for a range of human and natural systems. And these emissions continue to increase, which will result in further... [more]

]Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change

Across the United States, impacts of climate change are already evident. Heat waves have become more frequent and intense, cold extremes have become less frequent, and patterns of rainfall are likely changing. The proportion of precipitation that falls as...

Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change
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Global climate change is one of America's most significant long-term policy challenges. Human activity--especially the use of fossil fuels, industrial processes, livestock production, waste disposal, and land use change--is affecting global average...


Love to hear what you may be doing with your students.

Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
42010 Activity Points

Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:18 PM

Here are some NSTA Learning Center Collections
[b]
Global Climate Change: High[/b]
These resources were selected to support high school teachers teaching global climate patterns.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/share.aspx?id=jpC1QcY9O5

[b]
Changing Climate: Middle[/b]
These resources were selected to support middle school teachers teaching climate change.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/share.aspx?id=KJGa5cY8Hm

Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate: Elementary
A collection of resources for elementary school teachers on the topic of the ocean's effect on weather and climate.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/share.aspx?id=7brgD3w5Gh

Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
42010 Activity Points

Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:28 PM

Here is NEW Web Seminar on Climate Change

New Climate Tools for Educators
[i]
The Earth's climate has always changed, but now it is changing at a rate that is faster than any other point in history. Humans and ecosystems will be impacted by changes in sea level, temperature and precipitation patterns. In addition, climate is one of the many variables that affect the distribution of disease-causing agents and insect vectors. Preparing future generations with knowledge and critical thinking opportunities will enable them to develop solutions to address both environmental and social changes related to climate change[/i]

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Eastern Time

Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
42010 Activity Points

Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:34 PM

Hi Arlene,
Thank you for ALL those great resources. Cheska had asked about activities last month, too. I had put a couple of suggestions in response to her, so I will link the two in case anyone see this one or hers - all of the ideas will be easy to see. Here's the other thread: General Science and Teaching > Earth Day Science Activities
and I will link this one to that one :-)
Carolyn

Carolyn Mohr
Carolyn Mohr
79623 Activity Points

Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:03 PM

Arlene thank you for sharing the Earth Day info. I did not realize it was Earth day April 22. I especially liked the site, " Changing Climate: Middle" and the article. The project that the teacher provided where the students had to figure out how much emissions were taking place in their school driveways/parking lots was a real-life situation. In their project students, in their small groups, had to create and implement what data to collect, how to analyze it, suggest a solution, and then present it to their classmates. This type of project helps their understanding of global climate change.I liked and agree with what their teacher said about the fact that this topic needs to be taught in the schools, that students need to understand the process behind global climate change, greenhouse gases and how they can effect global climate change, and what global warming means to the world - the effects it may have on different areas of the world. It was nice that the teacher also included how he graded the project. This sounds like it may be a good project for my classes next year.

Deborah Clevenger
Deborah Clevenger
1350 Activity Points

Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:29 PM

I teach marine science. I think for Earth Day 2012 I will start with the chalk-in-vinegar (or stronger acid!) demonstration to show how increased CO2 concentration leads to change in pH which affects corals and shells, then we'll brain storm causes of increased CO2 in the oceans, etc., and finally end with a debate on possible solutions to climate change at the end of the week.

Sharon Chern
Sharon Chern
2640 Activity Points

Fri May 04, 2012 10:42 AM

I attended this web seminar last night. Wealth of resources for your students

[i]The Earth's climate has always changed, but now it is changing at a rate that is faster than any other point in history. Humans and ecosystems will be impacted by changes in sea level, temperature and precipitation patterns. In addition, climate is one of the many variables that affect the distribution of disease-causing agents and insect vectors. Preparing future generations with knowledge and critical thinking opportunities will enable them to develop solutions to address both environmental and social changes related to climate change.

This presentation will demonstrate several online tools and resources designed to bring climate science into middle and secondary school classrooms. Teachers and students will be provided with a series of activities that ask questions about real-world issues related to understanding climate change impacts on ecosystems and human health. [/i]

http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/in...inar2.aspx

Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
42010 Activity Points

Fri May 04, 2012 1:15 PM

Arlene,
Thank you for bring this to our attentions. Even if one does not have time to listen to the archived webinar, the ppt is an excellent resource to inform and explain the New Climate Tools for Educators. These facts alone make this an important webinar to view:
Each year:
Under nutrition kills 3.5 million
Diarrhea kills 2.2 million
Malaria kills 900,000

Extreme weather events kill 60,000

I was naive about the impact of the global weather effects on human life and suffering.
Carolyn

Carolyn Mohr
Carolyn Mohr
79623 Activity Points

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