Activities

These activities are to illustrate different key concepts in climate science and the various aspects of climate change. They are useful for anyone interested in learning the basics.

  • Atmospheric Composition with Rice

    Students will gain an appreciation for how small the actual amount of CO2 is in the atmosphere. This suggests that sometimes small things do make a difference. Atmospheric Composition with Rice activity (PDF Download)

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  • Melting Ice and Sea Level

    Students will see for themselves how the melting of sea ice does not increase sea level, while the melting of land ice does increase sea level. Melting Ice and Sea Level activity (PDF Download)

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  • Modeling the Formation of Deep Ocean Water

    Students will see for themselves how temperature and salinity affect ocean currents using different colored water. Modeling the Formation of Deep Ocean Water activity (PDF Download)

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  • Feedbacks in the Earth’s Climate System

    This activity is a series of questions concerning positive and negative feedbacks in the Earth’s climate system. Specifically, feedbacks related to the Earth’s Albedo. Feedbacks in the Earth’s Climate System activity (PDF Download)

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  • What do Concentrations Mean?

    This activity helps to visualize the often confusing concept of concentrations and why they matter. What do Concentrations Mean? Activity (PDF Download)  

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  • Tracking Air Quality

    Students will learn about air quality and air pollution through an investigation of real air quality data. Tracking Air Quality activity (PDF Download)

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  • What’s My Temperature?

    Students will measure the operating temperatures and energy usage of different light sources to determine which types of bulbs are the most energy efficient. What’s My Temperature? Activity (PDF Download)

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  • Household Conservation and Efficiency

    This lesson plan is from Clarkson University. Students will be able to calculate energy use and analyze how changing their behaviors and appliances will affect the energy they use. Household Conservation and Efficiency (PDF Download)

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  • Kill A Watt-Cut Your Costs

    Students will use a Kill A Watt meter to find out the true energy use of various household appliances and devices. Kill A Watt-Cut Your Costs activity (PDF Download)

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  • The Big Energy Gamble

    Students conduct an energy audit to determine how much carbon dioxide their family is releasing into the atmosphere and then make recommendations for minimizing their family’s carbon footprint. The Big Energy Gamble activity

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