Lessons & Activities

Lessons & Activities to Support Curriculum

On-Line Student Activity on Data Analysis - This activity uses the MyNASAData website.  Students are instructed to analyze 3 sets of same data. One set of data is surface sea temperatures using satellite images, the second set uses the same data at a line graph and the third set of sea surface temperatures used a data table.  Students use analytical and critical thinking skills to determine which data set(s) would be best for a poster presentation.  The follow up to this activity is for students to analyze their own data and determine the best means of visualization for teh dat they have collected.

SRS Backward Planning Guide - Use this guide to prepare your students to present at the Pacific Student Research Symposium and/or International Virtual Science Symposium.

NASA and GLOBE Assets to support a unit on Climate Change - This document has loads of GLOBE and NASA resources to support your unit on climate change.  Connections are made according to scientific phenomenon: carbon cycle, atmosphere ic CO2 levels, sea level rise, ocean acidification and air/surface level temperatures (Urban Heat Island Effect).

HS & MS Project Rubric- This project rubric has been developed by GME teachers, aligned to NGSS  and is intended to be used by those teachers who engage their students in project-based learning with the intent of presenting their research at a local exhibition, regional Student Research Symposium (SRS) and/or International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS). Teachers who complete this rubric for each project team should submit a copy of the completed rubric to their GME contacts.  

NGSS-Aligned Poster Template - This rubric aligns with the NGSS-Aligned Poster with sentence starters.

Sample HoloGLOBE Lesson - This sample lesson answers the questions: How can we evaluate Earth Systems over time? What factors influence how Earth Systems change over time? How can technology be used to minimize the effects of human impacts on Earth Systems?  Using a smart phone, the HoloGLOBE app, and the MERGE Cube, teachers can engage students in the use of technology, GLOBE protocols, and NASA data to strengthen STEM Learning.

Pedosphere LaMotte Test Instructions; Student Friendly - This set of soil fertility test instructions are adapted from the LaMotte Garden Soil Test Kit.

Data Entry and Visualization Activity - Use this activity to teach students how to enter data into the GLOBE website and how to use the GLOBE Visualization tool to access school data or data from any school in the world. This activity requires students to set up a training site at their school and based on Sample Site Definition. Then students practice entering data using Sample Atmosphere Data and Sample Hydrosphere Data.

Scavenger Hunt - This scavenger hunt challenges teachers, students and GLOBE partners to use the GLOBE Visualization tool to explore data around the world, sample data sets and uses inquiry fro developing student research questions. This activity is in Microsoft word and can be edited to your school site.

Urban Heat Island Field Guide (Protocols) - An abbreviated version of Surface Temperatures, air temperature and clouds field guide for students. 

Urban Heat Island Data sheet - This is an adapted version of the surface temperature data sheet. This data sheet includes surface temperature site definition information. The Atmosphere Clouds data sheet should be copied on the back side of this data sheet.