Teacher Resources

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.

The 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 students.

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Learning Sequences

Biomass Accumulation Model Learning Sequence

    Focus: The impact of current and future temperature and precipitation on biomass accumulation and carbon storage.
  Explore the biomass sequence online

Biome Learning Sequence

    Focus: The impact of predicted climate change on tree species composition and biomes.
  Explore the biome sequence online

Vegetation Index Learning Sequence

    Focus: Interactions between vegetation and climate through the study of vegetation indices and analysis of digital images.
  Explore the vegetation index sequence online

Albedo Learning Sequence

    Focus: 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 Sequence

    Focus: Explore the concepts of weather and climate using local weather data and global climate data.
Explore the weather to climate sequence online

Complementary Resources

Screencast Video Tutorials

    A 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 Research

    A 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 Guide

    A guide to maintaining a meaningful and useful science notebook, with examples for both fieldwork and research online or with computers.
     The Science Notebook photo

Checklist for Student Work

    A checklist that can be used by teachers to assess the quality of student work carried out in the Learning Sequences or though an independent research project. It can also be used by students to self assess.
     Checklist for Student Work photo

Communicating Findings and Results

    A key part of an authentic investigation is offering students a chance to share their understandings and findings.  Follow this link for a set of suggestions and guidelines for creating posters, presentations, science reports, and webpages developed by the Student Climate Data project in conjunction with the GLOBE Carbon Cycle project.
    Communicating Findings webpage

Bringing Climate Concepts to Elementary Students

    A collection of ideas to give elementary students authentic, hands-on science experiences focused on climate science and/or the scientific process.
     Elementary webpage

Glossary of Frequently Used Terms

    A glossary defining important climate terms used on the website or in student materials and lesson plans.
     Glossary webpage

Diversity Supplement for STEM Teachers

    A resource for STEM teachers working with English Language Learners (ELLs).
    Diversity Supplement PDF

Next Generation Science Standards(NGSS)

    The Student Climate Data Learning Sequences correlate well with many NGSS standards and science practices. This PDF gives a general overview of the correlations. How thoroughly the standard is addressed depends on the level of inquiry used with students.
     Student Climate Data and NGSS PDF


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