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The GLOBE Teacher's Guide


The GLOBE Teacher's Guide is your go-to resource for additional info on GLOBE activities. Inside, you can find 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.  


To maintain high data accuracy, our protocols must be followed very closely. Only use instruments that meet the required specifications, and make sure your data-entry methods align with our standards.

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Learning Activities

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

Learn more about GLOBE Education Standards

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's 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 an 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 us understand how Earth functions as a system and what we can do to reduce our global impact.

Learn more about the Earth as a System



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