Resource Image Archive: An Introduction to Earth’s Climate, March 25, 2010
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Type of Resource: Web Seminar Archive
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Grade Level: High School, Middle School


This Web Seminar took place on March 25, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Lisa Gardiner, Educational Designer with the Office of Education and Outreach at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Gardiner presented an overview of the differences between climate and weather and explained the basics of what influences the Earth’s climate and how it has changed, both historically and recently. For more information about this web seminar, its presenter(s), read what participants said about it, and to see and download its PowerPoint slides go here.

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Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Global climate change
Earth system evolution
Geologic time
Environmental change
Interpreting data
Intended User Role:High-School Educator, Middle-Level Educator, New Teacher, Teacher
Educational Issues:Instructional materials, Professional development, Teacher content knowledge, Teaching strategies


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 8 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 8 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Life Science
    • Organisms and environments
      • An organism's patterns of behavior are related to the nature of that organism's environment, including the kinds and numbers of other organisms present, the availability of food and resources, and the physical characteristics of the environment.
  • Earth Science
    • Properties of earth materials
      • Earth materials are solid rocks and soils, water, and the gases of the atmosphere.
    • Structure of the earth system
      • Clouds, formed by the condensation of water vapor, affect weather and climate. (5-8)
      • Oceans have a major effect on climate, because water in the oceans holds a large amount of heat. (5-8)
    • Energy in the earth system
      • Global climate is determined by energy transfer from the sun at and near the earth's surface. (9-12)
  • History and Nature of Science
    • Nature of science
      • Scientists formulate and test their explanations of nature using observation, experiments, and theoretical and mathematical models. Those ideas are not likely to change greatly in the future. (5-8)
  • Process Standards for Professional Development
    • Design
      • Introduce teachers to scientific literature, media, and technological resources that expand their science knowledge and their ability to access further knowledge. (NSES)
    • Learning
      • Build on the teacher's current science understanding, ability, and attitudes. (NSES)

User Reviews

Review of An Introduction to Earth's Climate
  Ronaldo Relador (Bowie, MD) on February 29, 2012
  Great lesson for earth and environmental science classes.

Climate Basics
  Arlene Jurewicz Leighton on September 14, 2011
  This web seminar included the difference between climate and weather including regional and global climate. Included what controls climate including the Albedo effect. Several activities to do with your students were shown.