In order to provide an authentic research experience at any level of inquiry, the Student Climate Data project has developed materials that support Structured, Guided, and/or Open Inquiry.
The Learning Sequences provide a progression of activities and investigations that build on one another for an in-depth exploration of a topic. The materials for each learning sequence have two options: Option 1: Structured Inquiry includes student materials that provide a more structured experience throughout, whereas Option 2: Guided Inquiry, uses science notebook prompts, allowing students to take on more responsibility for their scientific inquiry. Explore the learning sequences and materials online by following the links below.
The Planning Guide for Scientific Research provides support for Option 3: Open Inquiry, where students take full responsibility for posing a research question and developing and carrying out their investigation plan.
Science Notebook Guide, Checklist for Student Work,
and the guide to Communicating Findings are
complementary guides for both students and instructors that
can be used with these and other inquiry-based investigations.
Also available are suggestions for bringing climate science
and the scientific process to Elementary-level
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Biomass Accumulation Model Learning SequenceFocus: The impact of current and future temperature and precipitation on biomass accumulation and carbon storage.
Explore the biomass sequence online
Biome Learning SequenceFocus: The impact of predicted climate change on tree species composition and biomes.
Explore the biome sequence online
Vegetation Index Learning SequenceFocus: Interactions between vegetation and climate through the study of vegetation indices and analysis of digital images.
Explore the vegetation index sequence online
Albedo Learning SequenceFocus: What is albedo and how is it impacted by environmental variables, such as land cover, seasonality and snow?
Explore the albedo sequence online
Weather to Climate Learning SequenceFocus: Explore the concepts of weather and climate using local weather data and global climate data.
Explore the weather to climate sequence online
Screencast Video TutorialsA link to the GLOBE Carbon Cycle youtube channel, which houses all of our help videos. Individually, these can also be found in the relevant learning sequence pages.
GLOBECarbon youtube channel
Planning Guide for Scientific ResearchA planning guide that follows the GLOBE Model for Student Science Research (GMSSR) to support students in designing and conducting their own scientific research. This guide is complimentary to all of the Student Climate Data activities and resources, and can also be used in other scientific research your students are conducting.
The Science Notebook GuideA guide to maintaining a meaningful and useful science notebook, with examples for both fieldwork and research online or with computers.
The Science Notebook