The lesson provides an overview of cloud formation. Cloud formation results when warm, humid air rises and cools, causing the water vapor in the air to condense and form clouds. In this lesson, students will conduct an activity that demonstrates how this occurs.
This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.
This lesson was modified from NASA series “Investigating the Climate System. They can be freely downloaded at https://www.strategies.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Clouds_04.pdf
Students will explore greenhouse gases, how they effect the carbon cycle and the human role in climate change.
This lesson was created as part of the 2016 NASA STEM Standards of Practice Project, a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.
This activity will utilize the talking drawings strategy, in which the teacher will introduce the nitrogen cycle using an interactive presentation to explain this biogeochemical cycle in a pictorial format. As the teacher describes the process during the presentation, the students will create their own annotated diagram to model the nitrogen cycle.
This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.
This activity will utilize the talking drawings strategy, in which the teacher will introduce the carbon cycle using an interactive presentation to explain this biogeochemical cycle in a pictorial format. As the teacher describes the process during the presentation, the students will create their own annotated diagram. Lastly, students will discuss how humans have affected the carbon cycle since the industrial revolution.
This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.
The Carbon Cycle Game models the path that a carbon atom might take as it cycles through the earth and its atmosphere. Students visit six different reservoirs and learn facts about the carbon atom in each reservoir. Students are presented with questions after the carbon atom moves from a reservoir. They must visit all six reservoirs, answering questions as they move through the cycle.
This activity results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.
Steve Trash teaches kids about science with fun and magic. The show is filmed in Alabama.
You find water in oceans, rivers, lakes and ponds, in clouds and rain and snow. Explore how all of these are connected through a continuous cycle in the natural world. Then, Steve suggests ways to prevent litter and other destructive types of pollution. After all, it's no fun to play in the water if its full of garbage.
In this lesson, students investigate the condensation of water vapor on the inside of a plastic cup. Then they design an experiment to see if cooling water vapor, even more, affects the rate of condensation. Students also relate evaporation and condensation to the water cycle.
Students will be able to describe on the molecular level how cooling water vapor causes condensation. Students will also describe the roles evaporation and condensation play in the water cycle.
In this lesson, students will be able to develop and explain a particle-level model to describe evaporation and condensation in the context of the water cycle. Students use water, ice, and plastic wrap to model the ocean and cold upper atmosphere. Students use observations from their model to explain the processes of evaporation and condensation that drive the water cycle.
Make it Rain! explores student misconceptions about phase changes, weather, and the water cycle, and reveals some of the pitfalls of common representations.
Ready, set, soar! Soar high in the clouds with a sleepy condor who wants to help you learn in this interactive lesson about the water cycle, how it works, and how clouds are formed. In this lesson, students will learn to find and describe the connections between scientific concepts.
Students will learn about the four phases of the water cycle, the ways in which watersheds are crucial to healthy water, and the best ways to manage local watersheds with this interactive lesson.
Students, in their role as scientists, create and finalize a collaborative model of the global carbon cycle. As a class, they use the model in a presentation aimed to inform and inspire an invited audience to think more carefully about the impacts of fossil fuel use. This lesson is part of the Carbon Trackers unit.
Students learn about the Darvaza Crater and ponder what keeps it burning. Then they analyze the Keeling Curve and consider the source of the increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide. In the activities to follow, they explore fossil fuel formation, use, benefits, and consequences through a series of readings. By sorting everyday objects and diagramming a simple model of the global carbon cycle, students consider how carbon generally cycles through Earth’s systems, including as fossil fuels. This lesson is part of the Carbon Trackers unit.
In this set of activities, students explore the power of creating visual models in science by first researching then constructing models of the rock cycle, the water cycle, and the processes of photosynthesis and respiration in jigsaw groups. Using these models, students teach other groups about their assigned topic and then collaborate to integrate this information into a larger model of the global carbon cycle. Finally, an experiment, reading, and video about the greenhouse effect help students consider the role of greenhouse gasses in their model of the global carbon cycle. This lesson is part of the Carbon Trackers unit.
This interactive game will lead students through the carbon cycle and describe the different reservoirs where carbon is held on Earth. Students will take on the role of a carbon atom and travel through the cycle until they visit all of the possible reservoirs.
In this game, students will learn how carbon atoms move through different carbon reservoirs during the carbon cycle. Students can play the game as a single-player or join others in a multiplayer format. Students will begin to understand the delicate balance of the carbon cycle while playing this game.
In this game, students will learn how water molecules move through different reservoirs during the water cycle. Students can play the game as a single-player or join others in a multiplayer format. Students will begin to understand how water moves through the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and geosphere during the water cycle.
In this game, students will learn how nitrogen atoms and molecules move through different reservoirs during the nitrogen cycle. Students can play the game as a single-player or join others in a multiplayer format. Students will begin to understand how nitrogen moves through the biosphere, geosphere, and atmosphere in the nitrogen cycle.
The classroom resource provides a video that will describe the carbon cycle. In addition, there is a sing-along video that students can perform karaoke-style that will help them remember the steps of this cycle. After utilizing these two resources, the students can complete the short test to assess their understanding. Students can use the information presented in this video to create their own model of this biogeochemical cycle.
The classroom resource provides a video that will describe the steps in the water cycle. There is also a short test that can be used to assess students' understanding. Students can use the information presented in this video to create their own model of this biogeochemical cycle.
The classroom resource provides a video that will describe the steps in the nitrogen cycle. There is also a short test that can be used to assess students' understanding. Students can use the information presented in this video to create their own model of this biogeochemical cycle.
This is the first lesson of a three-part series entitled Great Rivers: Where Ecology Meets History. These lessons address the concept of large rivers as dynamic ecological systems that have had vital influences on human history. In this lesson, students are shown the basics of the water cycle. They are introduced to the concept that flowing water carries materials such as silt, plankton, leaves, and wood. They also learn how rivers and the materials that they carry define how they look and act.
This two-fold lesson begins with an experiment that demonstrates water evaporating and coming back down. The lesson is meant to give students a general understanding of Earth's oceans. In the end, students should realize that water in the ocean evaporates into the atmosphere and comes back down as precipitation. This lesson is a good introduction to future lessons on weather and Earth's climatic changes.
For this lesson, students will use the "Making a Cloud" experiment from the book Weather Science Fair Projects by Robert Gardner. By performing this experiment, students will come to better understand scientific inquiry and weather by testing the hypothesis that a cloud can be formed by allowing water vapor to cool and condense on small particles in the air.
In this lesson, students will develop an understanding of the water cycle by building and evaluating two different physical models. Students will build and reflect on the usefulness of models that demonstrate the water cycle in a closed system. They will see evidence of condensation and evaporation.