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The GLOBE Teacher's Guide


The GLOBE Teacher's Guide is your go-to resource for additional information on GLOBE activities. The Guide includes a collection of scientific background information, data-collection protocols and learning activities categorized by Earth sphere.

The Teacher's Guide is made possible through the combined efforts of many authors and editors.  


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Learning Activities

GLOBE Learning Activities are a great, action-oriented way for students to approach scientific concepts. Teachers can use them to compliment their own lesson plans, or modify them to fit their time, resources or learning objectives. Each Learning Activity also includes the specific education standards addressed for that worksheet. 

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Teachers Guide Introduction Documents

Introduction Documents:

Teacher's Guide Introduction (pdf)

Implementing GLOBE in the Classroom:

Introduction and Body (pdf)

Appendix (pdf)

Toolkit (pdf)

Teachers Guide Investigations

Earth Spheres



Atmospheric conditions play a major role in the soil formation of a particular area and can determine which types of wildlife are able to survive in the region.

Measuring these conditions is vital for scientists studying weather, climate, land cover, phenology, ecology, biology, hydrology and soil.

Learn more about the Atmosphere



All living things depend on the Biosphere for survival. Whether it is shelter, food or protection, the type of land cover in a given habitat directly affects the kinds of animals that likely inhabit it. 

The Biosphere itself is divided into two areas: Developed and Natural.

  • Developed areas include: Urban and commercial, agricultural and transportation.
  • Natural areas include: Deserts, forests, water bodies and a variety of other natural habitats.

Learn more about the Biosphere



Water is a crucial resource for life and a key player in many important chemical reactions. These reactions help shape the land and change the composition of water bodies, which in turn affect the wildlife that live in those bodies. 

Altering any characteristic of the water cycle impacts many other natural processes. The valuable data provided by GLOBE students is helping us enhance our understanding of these connections and Earth's natural waters.

Learn more about the Hydrosphere


Pedosphere (Soil)

The varying components found within soil can drastically alter its ability to retain water, house nutrients and support life. Collecting data on a region's soil temperature, moisture and chemical properties is critical to researchers across the scientific spectrum. From climatologists to anthropologists, studying the ground beneath our feet is an invaluable way to discover our changing world and even our own history.

Learn more about the Pedosphere

Earth as a System

Earth as a System

The GLOBE Program's measurements provide students with the tools to begin exploring Earth system phenomenon themselves. Through data collection and student research, GLOBE students are helping show how Earth functions as a system, and what we can do to reduce people's global impact.

Learn more about the Earth as a System



The Teacher's Guide has been translated into the languages below. To find more resources in other languages, see GLOBE's translated material

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