NASA S'COOL Lesson: The Sky and the Dichotomous Key
Kara Houser, Kathy Gibbs, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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- Despite several links being broken this resource can still be an effective hands-on activity.
- There are several other activities on the S'COOL and NASA GLOBE websites that are related to these concepts.
- At the bottom of the webpage there are teacher notes.
- There is a connection to the citizen science project formerly called S'COOL but is now part of the NASA GLOBE Observer project.
About the Science
- This activity has two main scientific topics: using a dichotomous key for identifying clouds and the relationship of clouds to temperature and pressure.
- The dichotomous key is a widely used tool for many disciplines and using it for identifying clouds is a good way for young kids to familiarize themselves with that method.
- Learning about clouds can lead to greater understandings of weather and climate patterns.
- There are several extension activities that elaborate on different concepts including observing changes over time and participating in the citizen science projects.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- This activity establishes different ways to learn about clouds and how to identify them. It is a hands-on, nature-related activity that has several areas where the lesson can be extended.
- The key is like a flow chart and may need some practice to understand especially for younger children.
- There are several resources to assess the students as well as links to other related activities.