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Resources For Teachers

MRCC How-To Guides

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Midwestern Regional Climate Center How-To Guides

These guides — videos and printable handouts — from the MRCC show step-by-step instructions on how to do various weather and climate demonstrations.  You can do these demonstrations either in the classroom or at home.

MRCC Be a Weather and Climate Watcher!

Activity for Students: Be a Weather and Climate Watcher
This activity will inspire a student’s interest in the day-to-day weather as well as climate by giving them the opportunity to measure and observe the weather on a daily basis.  This educational resource was developed through support from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and the Illinois State Water Survey.

AMS Logo American Meteorological Society Educational Initiatives
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) Education Program promotes the teaching of atmospheric, oceanographic, and hydrologic sciences through pre-college teacher training and instructional resource materials. Pre-college programs include Project ATMOSPHERE, The Maury Project, and DataStreme (Atmosphere, Ocean, Earth's Climate System).
NOAA Education Resources

NOAA Educational Resources for Teachers
A large number of weather and climate resources for teachers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Go to CoCoRaHS Education Page CoCoRaHS Education (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network)
Hands-on science activities for the classroom. CoCoRaHS staff have worked with science teachers to develop a series of lesson plans and activities for a variety of grade levels. A section developed for 4-H programs is also available.
Geological Society of America Geological Society of America
Downloadable lesson plans for K-12 for a variety of topics including Weather & Climate, Energy, Water and Environmental Sciences.
NASA Education Program NASA Education Programs
Links to all NASA educational programs and resources, divided by offerings for Educators, Students and Kids club.
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research UCAR K-12 Education Programs
Outreach programs from the the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
The GLOBE Program The GLOBE Program - Primary (K-4)
Science-based storybooks to print plus teachers' guides, designed to introduce K-4 students to the study of Earth System Science. Available in six languages.
Wisconsin State Climatology Office Weather Education Resource Links, compiled by the Wisconsin State Climatologist
Weather and science links for teachers, students, and everyone.
Riding the Winds with Kalani Weather Adventure Riding the Winds with Kalani - A Weather Adventure
University of Illinois Extension website designed for 5-8 year olds with information on basic earth movements, seasons, clouds, precipitation, and temperature. This website includes activities, handouts, and teacher resources and is available in four languages.
Oklahoma Climatological Survey Mesonet Teaching materials from the Oklahoma Climatological Survey
Classroom materials and study tools from the Oklahoma Climatological Survey Mesonet.

For Students & Adults

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Midwestern Regional Climate Center How-To Guides

These printable handouts from the MRCC show step-by-step instructions on how to do various weather and climate demonstrations.  You can do these demonstrations either in the classroom or at home.
MRCC How-To Guides
NWS Playtime for Kids
Weather activities for young people by the National Weather Service cover topics such as hurricanes, winter storms, tornadoes, floods, etc.
NWS Playtime for Kids
For Kids Only
NASA earth science for kids, divided into section on People, Land, Water, Air, and Natural Hazards. Includes multimedia online games and activities.
For Kids Only from NASA
Climate Kids - SERCC Education Page
The Southeast Regional Climate Center (SERCC) has fun weather and climate games, activities and resources.
Climate Kids from the SERCC
NSSL Learning Resources
Educational resources from the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), including Severe Weather 101 and links for games, worksheets, coloring and activity sheets.
National Severe Storms Laboratory
Basic and Advanced Weather Education from SKYWARN
A set of educational links mostly focused on severe weather questions sponsored by Skywarn.org, a volunteer organization of trained severe weather spotters.
Skywarn Weather Education
NOAA Question of the Month
Where is the Gulf Stream? What is NOAA Coastwatch? How do you measure long-term changes in glaciers? Always interesting, and a searchable archive is available.
Ask NOAA - NOAA Question of the Month
Riding the Winds with Kalani - A Weather Adventure
University of Illinois Extension website designed for 5-8 year olds with information on basic earth movements, seasons, clouds, precipitation, and temperature. This website includes activities, handouts, and teacher resources and is available in four languages.
Riding the Winds with Kalani Weather Adventure
Cloud Classification and Characteristics from NWS Louisville, KY
Guide to different cloud types with images and photos, as well as a graphic on thunderstorm states of development.
Cloud Classifications from NWS Louisville, KY
EPA's "A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change"
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) page on global warming issues. Includes Educator Resources and a Carbon Emissions calculator.
EPA student's guide to climate change
Annenberg Learning: Weather Exhibit
This site, funded by the Annenberg Foundation, is an introduction to some major weather topics. This site also has a large library of "Interactives" that can be filtered by grade level, discipline, and audience (teachers, students).
Annenberg Learning - Weather Exhibit
How Stuff Works: Forces of Nature
Climate and weather topics to explore including Atmospheric Science, meteorological instruments, meteorologists, and storms. Many other science topics can be found here.
How Stuff Works: Forces of Nature
Global Climate Animations
Patterns of climate over the course of the seasonal cycle from the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon. Several different variables available as flash or gif.
Global Climate Animations from University of Oregon's Geography Department

Online Glossaries/Terms

 

Glossary from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center
General list of definitions and some images.

  Glossary from the Southeastern Regional Climate Center
General list of definitions.
  Glossary from the Oklahoma Climatological Survey
Definitions oriented to K-12 level.
  Comprehensive glossary of weather terms for storm spotters
From the National Weather Service office in Norman, OK.

 

Glossary of some indices of atmospheric stability
From the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City, GA.


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