Curricular Units and Modules

Each curricular unit offers a full suite of learning materials for an in-depth treatment of earth science and environmental science topics. These units include handouts, teacher’s guides, slides, answer keys, and all the materials needed to teach the lessons. Educators can use the entire unit, select individual modules, or use resources like PowerPoint slides or worksheets. For a searchable collection of over 30 classroom activities, go to the lesson plan library.

Curricular Units and Modules

Lens on Climate Change (LOCC)

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Instructional Presentations
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Storytelling
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Organizing and Assessing

GeoMag

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Geomag Files
GeoMag Curriculum

DISCOVER-AQ: Know Your Air Quality

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Know Your AQ Curriculum
Overview & Appendices
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Module 1.1
Air Quality: More than Meets the Eye
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Module 1.2
Oh No, O3zone
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Module 1.3
Sherlock NOx: The Mystery of Unnatural Pollution in Natural Places
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Module 1.4
Carbon Gasses

Arctic Climate Connections

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Arctic landscapes and vegetation zones.
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Arctic weather data.
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Module 3
Activity and Module 3

Solar Dynamics Observatory - EVE

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SDO Intro Resources
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Module 1
Sun Features
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Module 2
Electromagnetism
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Module 3
Sun Earth
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Module 4
Solar Exhibit
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Appendices

Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence

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COSEE - Inquiry-oriented science.
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COSEE - Oceans and the Earth's energy balance.
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COSEE - Connecting oceans, energy, and weather.
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COSEE - The physical basis of weather, part 1
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COSEE - The physical basis of weather, part 2.
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Module 6
COSEE - Climate literacy and misconceptions.
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COSEE - Atmospheric and oceanic impacts on climate.
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Module 8
COSEE - Bringing ocean and climate inquiry to inland audiences.

Climate and Resiliency Education

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Lesson 1
How can we decrease our impact on the Earth’s climate at our school?
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What can we find out about greenhouse gas emissions resulting from waste in our school food system?
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Lesson 3
How can we understand waste and emissions in our school food system?
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Lesson 4
What are the best approaches to reduce emissions associated with food waste in our school?
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Lesson 5
How can we present our plan to reduce food waste and emissions at our school to the people who need to know?
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Lesson 1
Why are cities getting hotter?
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What is special about cities compared to rural places and other regions overall?
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Why are cities and other regions of the world getting hotter?
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How is human activity contributing to the increase in global temperatures?
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Lesson 5
Is it normal that world temperatures are rising this fast?
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Lesson 6
What impact do increasing greenhouse gases have on living things and the world?
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Lesson 1
What’s up with the rising temperatures in Colorado cities?
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What makes cities hotter?
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Lesson 3
Why are growing cities hotter?
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Are other parts of the world getting hotter?
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What was Earth’s temperature like in the past?
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How does human activity affect the trend of warming temperatures on Earth?
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How do cars impact CO2 in the atmosphere?
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How can we show that an increase in CO2 causes an increase in temperature?

Climate Science Academy

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Introduction
What is Climate Literacy and why does it matter?
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How Scientists Know About Climate
How do scientists know what has happened, is happening, or will happen to the Earth's climate?
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Earth's Energy Balance
What effect does the Sun have on the Earth's climate system?
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Complex Interactions of Climate
How do the non-living and living components of Earth impact climate?
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Climate Variability
What causes the Earth's climate to vary regionally and globally?
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Local & Ecosystem Climate Impacts
How will climate change affect life, including humans, on Earth?
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Human Impacts on Climate
How can we be certain humans are causing climate change?
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Responses to Climate Change
What can we do to alleviate and adapt to climate change?

Engaged Scientist Series

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Community Engagement
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Community Dialogue
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Science is Culture

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