RESOURCES: EDUCATION BY AGE LEVEL
All Ages and Levels
How-To Experiment Guide: Air Pressure The Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) provides instructions for two classroom experiments demonstrating the presence of air pressure in the atmosphere.
How-To Experiment Guide: Greenhouse Effect The Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) provides a visual illustration of an experiment to demonstrate the Greenhouse Effect (there is a corresponding video showing how to do the experiment as well). (pdf)
How-To Experiment Guide: How to Make Precipitation Instruments at Home
The Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) provides instructions for a rain and snow measurement activity where students are given the opportunity to gather and record on site rainfall and snowfall measurements. Details on how to build a rain gauge and construct a snow board are provided. (pdf)
llinois-Indiana Sea Grant: Weather & Climate Toolkit. A great selection of topics with different typies of materials and lessons, this educational toolkit can be filtered by grade level, geographic scale, topic, learning mode and time required to complete. Many of the resources can be used as-is or adapted for virtual learning and at-home teaching environments.
Teaching Climate The climate.gov website from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides several resources for teaching about climate, including visuals, videos, demos, experiments, and interactive tools.
Make a Crystal Snowflake! This activity from Science Kids gives students the opportunity to make a snowflake using borax and a few other easy to find household items.
Mount Washington Distance Learning Students participating in this activity will partake in an "in classroom field trip", having the opportunity to interact with a real meteorologist working at the home of the world's worst weather, the Mount Washington Observatory on Mount Washington, New Hampshire. Weather observers will teach students about the duties of being a weather observer, and will answer questions about the extreme climate that they work and live in.
Let's Make a Cloud This hands-on experiment from CoCoRaHS and Colorado State University Extension demonstrates how the combination of three natural elements (water vapor, smoke and air pressure) form a cloud. (pdf)
How Do You Make a Tornado? CoCoRaHS provides an experiment demonstrating the power of tornadoes by allowing students to create mini tornados in a water bottle. Students are told to place small objects in the water tornado to demonstrate the destructive power of a tornado at a small, safe scale. (pdf)
Connect with Weather Virtual Field Trip This webpage from Discovery Education provides virtual videos and hands-on activities for the classroom for Hurricanes, Winter Storms & Ice, Tornadoes, and Wildfires. This page is unique because the virtual videos for hurricanes and tornadoes show using visual effects the type of damage expected at the various scales of wind speeds - they are definitely worth a watch and would be great for the classroom!
Climate & Hurricanes Activities and Lesson Plans In this online resource from the National Wildlife Federation, students grades 6th through 9th investigate maps and data to learn about the connections between hurricanes and climate, including regional climate conditions where hurricanes form and how global climate change may be affecting hurricanes.
Seasons and Ecliptic Simulator An interactive simulation of Earth's seasonal dynamics from University of Nebraska at Lincoln that includes the axial tilt and other aspects of the Earth's annual cycle.