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Earth Artistically Balanced

Lunar and Planetary Institute
Students first learn about the complexities of Earth's climate system and the different factors contributing to Earth's energy balance. Then, students categorize the factors that influence ...

Weather Stations: Temperature and Pressure

Lunar and Planetary Institute
Children discover the relationship between temperature and pressure in the lower atmospheres of Jupiter and Earth. They chart the increasing temperature as they add pressure to a 2-liter soda bottle ...

Weather Stations: Storms

Lunar and Planetary Institute
Children test how cornstarch and glitter in water move when disturbed. They compare their observations with videos of Jupiter's and Earth's storm movements.

Weather Stations: Winds

Lunar and Planetary Institute
Children use a toaster to generate wind and compare the appliance's heat source to Jupiter's own hot interior. They discover that convection drives wind on Jupiter and on Earth.

Rain Gauge Activity

In this hands-on inquiry-based activity, students face an engineering challenge based on real-world applications. They are tasked with developing a tool they can use to measure the amount of rain ...

The Water Cycle

This activity was developed to give participants an understanding of Earth's water cycle by completing a WebQuest and building a model of the water cycle.

Exploring the Water Cycle

In this lesson, students will learn about the water cycle and how energy from the sun and the force of gravity drive this cycle.

Ice is Water, Water is Ice

Carnegie Institution of Washington Carnegie Academy for Science Education
This lesson invites young students to inquire about phase changes, about what happens as water changes into ice and as ice changes into water, observing ice melting and freezing under a variety of ...

GLOBE: Observing, Describing and Identifying Clouds

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program
Students observe, sketch, and describe clouds on their own before learning to identify cloud types by comparing photos of different clouds to their sketches.

SciJinks: Precipitation Simulator

Tom Whittaker, Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, University of Wisconsin Madison
A computer simulator that allows students to adjust the air temperature and dew point to see what type of precipitation would fall to the ground.