Information and Activities for Earth Science Students and Teachers

Learning about the atmosphere, climate, and earth sciences is critical for students, yet these topics are often complex and challenging to teach. Below are links to five different earth science subject groups that relate to the Global Monitoring Division's research and mission. Within each subject group educators can easily access background information about the topics, student handouts, and classroom activities that can be incorporated into lesson plans. Information and activities are geared toward grades 7-12. Teachers should feel free to modify the activities to meet the needs of their students. The following materials were created and compiled by Louise Belnay, former science teacher and curriculum developer at NOAA’s Global Monitoring Division in Boulder, CO. Any questions, comments, or suggestions, should be directed to her at

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