Elementary GLOBE

Elementary GLOBE is designed to introduce students in grades K-4 to the study of Earth system science.


Each module of Elementary GLOBE includes:

  • A science-based fictional storybook in which kids explore an aspect of the Earth system using their science skills.

  • Three learning activities that further explore the science content while helping students develop science and engineering practices.

  • Teacher’s notes and a glossary to give educators basic science background information pertaining to each module topic.

The Teacher Implementation Guide provides an overview of Elementary GLOBE, the connections that the curriculum makes to literacy, the use of science journals, elementary science inquiry, standards alignment, and connections to other parts of elementary curriculum.

Translated versions: GLOBE makes every effort to provide translations of our materials in the official U.N. languages. Currently, materials are available in Arabic, English, French, German, and Spanish. Select a language from the top right of the website to find resources in that language. If your language isn't listed in the language menu, be sure to check the Translated Material page for all of the available translated content on GLOBE.gov. If you would like to add your language to this list please contact us at help@globe.gov for information about how to get approval to create materials in other languages.



Air Quality Module

Students consider how and why aerosols and other types of air pollution affect the color of the sky and learn how to describe sky color and conditions in the atmosphere. Visit the Air Quality Module.


Climate Module

Through the storybook and activities, students learn about regional climate variations and how climate change is affecting our world. Then students consider what we can do to solve climate change. Visit the Climate Module.

Clouds Module

Students learn how cloud types can be described with analogies, and then make models of different types of clouds and contrails as they learn how to observe clouds. Visit the Clouds Module.

Earth System Module

Students explore how water, air, soil, and living things interact in the Earth system and how they are all important parts of our planet. Visit the Earth System Module.

Seasons Module

Students learn how hummingbirds deal with seasonal changes and use science journals to describe the seasonal changes in their local environment. Visit the Seasons Module.

Soils Module

Students investigate how soils are different in different locations, learn to describe what they find in soil, and explain the importance of soil to plants and animals. Visit the Soils Module.

Water Module

Students learn how to describe a creek by making observations, taking measurements, and looking for macroinvertebrates. They get to know tools for making science observations. Visit the Water Module.