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Below is a list activities and the relevance of these activities to topics within this website.

Air Temperature Investigations Activity

Activity: Air Temperature Investigations  (Link to original activity.)

Description: This activity focuses on the daily energy cycles of the earth from having students analyze data. One location is chosen for students to understand the fluctuation of temperature throughout a 24-hour period. Temperature is then compared to incoming solar radiation from the sun throughout the same time period and students will be able to form a relationship between the two observations.

Relationships to topics: Temperature, Radiation, Earth's Energy Balance

Atmospheric Processes-Conduction Activity

Activity: Atmospheric Processes-Conduction  (Link to original activity.)

Description: This activity focuses on the processes of conduction. Students will gain a better understanding of what conduction is and how heat is transferred through conduction.

Relationships to topicsConduction

Atmospheric Processes-Convection Activity

Activity: Atmospheric Processes-Convection  (Link to original activity).

Teacher Set-up Instructions

Student Activity: pdf document   word document

Description: This activity shows how currents move through water using food coloring and hot and cold water. This simulates how air can act as a fluid. Students will fully understand the process of convection and how heat is transferred through this process.

Relationships to topics: Convection, General Circulation of the Atmosphere, Ocean Circulations

Atmospheric Processes-Radiation Activity

Activity: Atmospheric Processes-Radiation  (Link to original activity.)

Description: This activity will assist students in understanding how objects gain energy through radiation. Students will record temperatures over a certain period for different colors of materials and develop an understanding of how the earth receives and emits energy throughout the year. This activity could be set up as a demo for the class.

Relationships to topics: Radiation

Building a Weather Instrument Activity

Activity: Building a Weather Instrument

Instructor Set-up Instructions

Student Activity: pdf document  

Description: This activity will assist students in learning how to build their own instruments.

Relationships to topics: Pressure

Carbon Dioxide Calculator Activity

Activity: Carbon Dioxide Calculator (pdf version of original activity.)

Description: This activity will assist students in understanding their impact and contribution on the carbon dioxide level by calculating the energy use within their household and by switching to a hybrid vehicle.

Relationships to topics: Carbon Dioxide, Causes of Climate Change

Climate Variability Activity

Activity: Climate Variability  (Link to original activity).

Teacher Set-up Instructions

Student Activity: pdf document   word document

Description: This activity focuses on how long-term climate average is related to climate variability and how climates can change through and increase or decrease in average temperature over a period of time.

Relationships to topics: Climate and Weather, Causes of Climate Change

Cloud in a Bottle Activity

Activity: Cloud in a Bottle (Link to original activity.)

Instructor Set-up Instruction

Student Activity: pdf document

Description: This activity will demonstrate the direct affects of pressure and temperature on cloud formation.

Relationships to topics: Temperature, Pressure, Humidity, How Clouds Form

Convection Discrepant Event

Activity: Convection Discrepant Event

Description: This activity poses a demonstration of convection and potentially water currents that should be conducted in front of the students for the students to think about what is happening during this activity. At the beginning the activity is not fully explained to students, but instead placed in front of them to create thought. This activity could be an opening into heat transfer through convection.

Relationships to topics: Convection, Ocean Circulations

Energy Webquest

ActivityEnergy Webquest

Student Activity: pdf document, word document

Description: In this activity, students review several websites that walk them through the layers of the atmosphere and energy transfer in the atmosphere.

Relationships to topics: Structure of the Atmosphere, Conduction, Convection, Radiation

ENSO webquest

ActivityENSO Webquest

Student Activity: pdf document, word document

Description: In this activity, students take a walk through a webquest to learn more about El NiƱo and La NiƱa. The activity is student paced and requires the use of a computer or related device.

Relationships to topics: El NiƱo, La NiƱa

Ground-level Ozone: Your Vehicle Activity

Activity: Ground-level Ozone: Your Vehicle (pdf version of original activity.)

Description: This activity will assist students in understanding the role of vehicles on greenhouse gas levels. Students will use their vehicle or their parent's vehicle to calculate the emissions levels for nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons and compare the values to a hybrid vehicle. This activity is focused more toward an AP Environmental Science class.

Relationships to topics: Greenhouse Gases, Ozone Layer, Causes of Climate Change

How Does the Tilt of Earth's Axis Affect the Seasons? Activity

Activity: How Does the Tilt of Earth's Axis Affect the Seasons? (Link to original activity.)

Description: This activity focuses on how the tilt of Earth affects the seasons and temperatures on Earth.

Relationships to topics: Tilt/Latitude, Radiation

Human Activity and Climate Change Activity

Activity: Human Activity and Climate Change  (Link to original activity.)

Description: This activity focuses on the increase in greenhouse gas emissions associated with human activity. Students will observe changes in greenhouse gases through graphs and will also calculate their contribution to greenhouse gas levels. This activity can be used in an AP Environmental Science class or an advanced Earth Science class.

Relationships to topics: Greenhouse Gases

Hurricanes Activity

Activity: Hurricanes  (Link to original activity.)

Description: This activity assists students in understanding the formation of hurricanes as well as the conditions that lead the their development. Several hurricane seasons will be observed during this activity for comparison among the hurricane seasons.

Relationships to topics: Tropical Cyclones

Is it Getting Hot in Here? Activity

Activity: Is it Getting Hot in Here? (Link to original activity.)

Description: This activity focuses on some of the causes and impacts of climate change. Students complete a worksheet on climate change and research other impacts of climate change.

Relationships to topics: Causes of Climate Change, Milankovitch Cycles, El NiƱo

Ocean Currents Activity

Activity: Ocean Currents (Link to original activity.)

Description: This activity will assist students in understanding how ocean currents flow and the heat transport between the ocean and the atmosphere within these currents.

Relationships to topics: Ocean Circulations

Renewable Energy: Wind Activity

Activity: Renewable Energy: Wind (pdf version of original activity.)

Description: This activity focuses on the relationship between barometric pressure, wind speed and wind direction. Students will use these parameters to analyze surface maps of the United States and form a relationship with the patterns that will show up on the map.

Relationships to topics: Pressure, What Drives Weather, Coriolis Effect, General Circulation of the Atmosphere

The Annual Energy Cycle Activity

Activity: The Annual Energy Cycle  (Link to original activity.)

Description: This activity examines the change of incoming solar energy throughout the year. An animation is used to assist students in understanding the changes in solar radiation.

Relationships to topics: Earth's Energy Balance

Ozone Depletion Activity

Activity: The Atmosphere: Ozone Depletion (pdf version of original activity.)

Description: This activity looks at data from 4 different satellite that have been monitoring ozone levels for students to examine ozone thickness and changes in the ozone layer over 20 years.

Relationships to topics: Ozone Layer, Solar Cycles

The Earth's Energy Budget Activity

Activity: The Earth's Energy Budget  (Link to original activity.)

Description: This activity focuses on the forms of heat transfer that take place within the Earth's atmosphere. Students will develop an understanding of how things heat up and which things will heat up faster than others.

Relationships to topics: Earth's Energy Balance

The Water Cycle Activity

Activity: The Water Cycle  (Link to original activity.)

Description: This activity focuses on building a model representative of the water cycle. Students will develop their own models of the water cycle using the recommended supplies and will be able to explain all of the elements of the water cycle with their models.

Relationships to topics: The Water Cycle

The Atmosphere: Atmosphere Connections Activity

Activity: The Weather (Link to original activity)

Student Activity: pdf document  word document

Description: This activity focuses on observing atmospheric conditions over a 4-day period. Students take observations for temperature, air pressure, wind speed and direction, and record sunrise and sunset. The measurements the student records are then compared with a NC State Climate Office station's measurements.

Relationships to topics: Temperature, Pressure

Trees and Carbon Activity

Activity: Trees and Carbon (pdf version of original activity.)

Description: This activity will assist students in understanding the importance of forests on the carbon dioxide level and the amount of carbon that the trees are able to store. Useful mainly for an AP Environmental Science class.

Relationships to topics: Greenhouse Effect, Greenhouse Gases, Global Warming vs. Climate Change

Twisting the Air Away-The Coriolis Effect Activity

Activity: Twisting the Air Away: The Coriolis Effect  (Link to original activity.)

Description: This activity focuses on what impacts the coriolis effect has on air movement throughout the atmosphere because of the rotation of the earth and also the impacts the coriolis effect has on ocean currents.

Relationships to topics: Coriolis Effect

What Factors Impact a Greenhouse? Activity

Activity: What Factors Impact a Greenhouse?  (Link to original activity.)

Description: This activity focuses on the factors that affect the heating in a greenhouse. Students will develop their own model using 2-liter bottles and measure how each bottle warms up and retains heat.

Relationships to topics: Albedo, How Clouds Form

What is a Greenhouse? Activity

Activity: What is a Greenhouse?  (Link to original activity.)

Description: This activity focuses on how a greenhouse retains heat. Students will build a greenhouse model to explain this process.

Relationships to topics: Longwave & Shortwave Radiation, Greenhouse Effect, Greenhouse Gases, OzoneNitrous Oxide, Carbon Dioxide, Methane, Water Vapor, Halocarbons

Wind Dynamics and Forests Activity

Activity: Wind Dynamics and Forests  (Link to original activity.)

Description: This activity will assist students in understanding how forest density impacts wind speed through the forest. Students will make a model out of 2-liter bottles which will represent the forest and observe how the wind speed changes depending on the amount of trees within the forest.

Relationships to topics: Wind Shear

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