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Using Nevada's Climate Research for K-12 Science Curriculum

The Nevada Climate Change Project is dedicated to advancing not only the frontiers of observational sciences, but also the understanding of those fields by students, instructors, and members of the public at large. To this end, a number of educational materials are made available that explain various aspects of the research that is conducted as a part of the project. An matrix summarizing various lesson plans (by grade level) is presented below.

Many of these lessons were developed in conjunction with summer teacher institutes held annually from 2009 to 2012. Some were also developed to showcase the multidisciplinary research conducted through the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program created by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Elementary School
Activity Name Data Collection/Type Teacher Produced Nevada State Standard(s)* Author Additional Resources
Temperature and Precipitation Teacher Provided (from data portal) N.5.A.1, N.5.A.3, N.5.A.4, N.5.A.7, E.5.A.2, P.2.A.2 (3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2, 3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2) Dr. L. Rudd, NSC
Temperature and Humidity Teacher Provided (from data portal) N.5.A.1, N.5.A.3, N.5.A.4, N.5.A.7, E.5.A.2, P.2.A.2 (3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2, 3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2) Dr. L. Rudd, NSC
The Greenhouse Effect (Grades 5-6) Student Generated X N.5.A.1, N.5.A.4, N.5.A.5, N.5.A.6, N.B.5.3, N.8.A.3, L.5.C.3 Chad Fawley, Pleasant Valley ES Carbon Footprint article
Water and Global Climate Change Student Generated X N.8.A, N.8.A.1, N.8.A.2, N.8.A.3, E.5.A.2, E.5.A.3, E.5.A.4, E.8.A.2, E.8.A.3, E.8.A.5 Frances Squires, Jerry Whitehead ES
Global Climate Change: Snorkeling and Underwater With Jacques Cousteau Student Generated X N.5.A.1, N.B.5.3, L.5.C.3, L.5.C.4, E.5.A.3 Kay Wilkinson-Brown, Westergard ES
Melting Ice (Grades 5-6) Student Generated X N.5.A.1, N.8.A.4, N.8.A.5 Donna Chaney, Virginia Palmer ES
Conservation vs. Efficiency (Grade 5) Student Generated P.5.C.3, P,5.C.4 Carbon Footprint article
* - Also includes next generation standards
Middle School
Activity Name Data Collection/Type Teacher Produced Nevada State Standard(s)* Author Additional Resources
Melting Ice (Grades 5-6) Student Generated X N.5.A.1, N.8.A.4, N.8.A.5 Donna Chaney, Virginia Palmer ES
The Greenhouse Effect (Grades 5-6) Student Generated X N.5.A.1, N.5.A.4, N.5.A.5, N.5.A.6, N.B.5.3, N.8.A.3, L.5.C.3 Chad Fawley, Pleasant Valley ES
Water and Global Climate Change Student Generated X N.8.A, N.8.A.1, N.8.A.2, N.8.A.3, E.5.A.2, E.5.A.3, E.5.A.4, E.8.A.2, E.8.A.3, E.8.A.5 Frances Squires, Jerry Whitehead ES
Investigation #1 - Water Student Generated X E.5.A.3, E.8.A.3, N.5.A.1, N.5.B.3, N.8.A.3, N.8.A.4 John Batcabe, Wooster HS
Climate Change and the Carbon Footprint (Middle School Earth Science) Student Generated X N.8.A.1, N.8.B.1, E.8.A.6, L.8.C.3 Sara Sattler, Pine MS Carbon Footprint article
Food Waste and Sustainability Investigation (Grades 7 & 8) Student Generated X N.8.A.1, N.8.B.1, N.8.B.2, E.8.A.6, L.8.C.1, L.8.C.3 John Armbruster, Depoali MS
Wetland Investigation (Grades 6-8) Student Generated X N.8.A.1, N.8.A.6, N.8.B.2, L.8.C.9, L.8.D.1 John Armbruster, Depoali MS
What is Sustainability? Student Generated X MS-ESS3-I, MS-ESS3-D Alexandria Suchy-Mabrouk, Depoali MS
Alternative Fuels Activity and the Socratic Method (Grade 7) Student Generated X N.8.A.2, N.8.B.1 Alexandria Suchy-Mabrouk, Depoali MS
Wind Energy Student Generated X MS-PS3-A, MS-ESS3-D, MS-ESS-E, MS-PS3-G Alexandria Suchy-Mabrouk, Depoali MS
Meet the Creatures Student Generated X N.8.A.1, N.8.A.3, N.8.A.3, N.8.A.5, L.8.C.1 Susan Kaiser, Pine MS
Air Temperature and Relative Humidity Investigation (Grades 6-8) Teacher Provided (from data portal) X N.8.A.1, N.8.A.5, N.8.A.6, E.8.A.3, (MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS2-6, MS-ESS3-2, MS-ESS3-4) Dr. L. Rudd, NSC Introduction to Transect Data article; Electric Conductivity of Soil article
Climograph Investigation (Grades 6-8) Teacher Provided (from data portal) X N.8.A.1, N.8.LA.3, N.8.B.2, E.8.A.1, E.8.A.3, E.8.A.6, (MS-ESS3-2, MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS3-5, MS-LS4-1, MS-LS4-2) Dr. L. Rudd, NSC Introduction to Transect Data article; Weather v. Climate article
Atmospheric Anemometer Experiment (Grades 6 & 7) Student Generated N.8.A.5 Introduction to Transect Data article; Wind Speed article
Atmospheric Barometer Experiment (Grades 6 & 7) Student Generated N.8.A.5, E.8.A.6, P.8.C.5 Introduction to Transect Data article; Wind Speed article
* - Also includes next generation standards
High School
Activity Name Data Collection/Type Teacher Produced Nevada State Standard(s)* Author Additional Resources
Visualizing Complex Climate Change Data (Grades 9-12) Articles (5-DIE Model) N.12.A.3, N.12.A.6, N.12.B.4, E.12.A.1 Heather Skaza, UNLV (with Likhitha Ravi, UNR)
How Does the Usability of an Information Source Affect How We Use It? (Grades 9 - 12) Articles (5-DIE Model) N.12.A.1, N.12.B.4, E.12.A.1, E.12.A.2 Heather Skaza, UNLV (with Ivan Gibbs, UNR)
Given the Expected Impacts of Climate Change, How Do Communities with Different Characteristics Respond? (Grades 9 - 12) Articles (5-DIE Model) N.12.A.5, N.12.A.2, N.12.B.2, E.12.A.2, E.12.A.5, L.12.C.11 Heather Skaza, UNLV (with Tricia Mynster, Zhong Wei Lui, UNLV)
How Can a Community Become More Resilient to the Effects of Climate Change? (Grades 9-12) Articles (5-DIE Model) L.12.C.1, N.12.B.1, N.12.B.2 Heather Skaza, UNLV (with Dr. Derek Kauneckis, UNR)
Willingness to Take Action (Grades 9 - 12) Articles (5-DIE Model) N.12.A.1, N.12.A.5, E.12.A.1, E.12.A.2 Heather Skaza, UNLV (with Gabriel Young, UNLV)
Air Temperature and Relative Humidity Investigation (Grades 9-12) Teacher Provided (from data portal) X N.12.A.1, N. 12.A.4, E.12.A.4 ( HS-ESS2-2, HS-ESS3-1,HS-ESS3-4, HS-ESS3-5) Dr. L. Rudd, NSC Introduction to Transect Data article
Climograph Investigation (Grades 9-12) Teacher Provided (from data portal) X (HS-ESS3-4, HS-ESS3-5) Dr. L. Rudd, NSC Introduction to Transect Data article
Transect Vegetation Zone Investigation (Grades 9-12) Teacher Provided (from data portal) X N.12.A.1, N.12.A.2, L.12.C.1, L.12.C.3, L.12.C.4, (HS-ESS2.3, HS-LS2-7, HS-ESS3-5) Dr. L. Rudd, NSC Introduction to Transect Data article
Climate Change: Ice Cores and Other Evidence Teacher Provided; plus NOAA and other websites X N12.A.2, N.12.B.4, L.12.C.2, E.12.A.2, E.12.C (none given)
Dendrochronology as a Tool for Teaching About Climate Change (Grades 9-12) Student Generated X L.12.B.1, L.12.C, L.12.C.2, N.12.A.2 Denise Tatar, Hug HS
Water, Climate Change and You (Water Climate Radioisotope) Student Generated X N12.A.1, N12.A.3, N12.A.5, N.12.B.1, N.12.B.2, P.12.A.1, P.12.A.4, P.12.A.8, P.12.C.3, P.12.C.4 John Batcabe, Wooster HS
Biome Lesson (Grades 9-12) Student Generated X MS-ESS3-I, MS-ESS3-D Genevieve Dierenga, Wooster HS
Oceans on Acid: Studying the Effects of Carbon Dioxide on Ocean Acidification (Grades 10-12) Student Generated X N12.A.2, N.12.A.4, N.12.B.1, L.12.C.2, L.12.C.3 Chad Fawley, Pleasant Valley ES
Investigation #1 - Water Student Generated X E.5.A.3, E.8.A.3, N.5.A.1, N.5.B.3, N.8.A.3, N.8.A.4 John Batcabe, Wooster HS
Climate, Climate Types and Global Climate Change NOAA Website X E.12.A, N.12.A Deirdre Carney, Washoe Innovations HS
Water Wheel Student Generated X P.5.C.5, P.8.C.6, P.12.C.6, P.8.B.2 Christopher English, Wooster HS
Wind Machine Student Generated X P.5.C.5, P.8.C.6, P.12.C.6 Christopher English, Wooster HS Wind Speed article
Green Energy Student Generated X N12.A.1, N.12.B.1, N.12.B.2, E.12.A.1, E.12.A.3, E.12.A.4, P.12.C.2, P.12.C.5, P.12.C.6, L.12.C.3 Eric McCuskey, North Valleys HS
Comparing Types of Gardening (Grades 9-12) Student Generated X MS-ESS3-I, MS-ESS3-D Genevieve Dierenga, Wooster HS
Middle East Water Treaty Negotiations for Science and Survival Student library and web research X N.12.B.1, N.12.B.2, E.12.C.4, L.12.C.1, L.12.C.3 Susan Hastings, McQueen HS
Cars and Climate Change Student Generated N.8.A.1, N.8.A.6, N.8.B.1, N.8.B.2
Electric Conductivity Tester Experiment Student Generated N.12.A.4, P.12.C.1, P.12.C.6 Science is Fun Electric Conductivity of Soil article
Solar Oven Experiment Student Generated N.12.A.4, P.12.c.1, P.12.c.6
Volumetric Water Content Experiment Student Generated N.12.A.1 Volumetric Water Content article
* - Also includes next generation standards
NevCAN Data for Additional Activities
Activity Name Data Collection/Type Teacher Produced Nevada State Standard(s)* Author Additional Resources
Equipment/Sensors
Locations
Current Conditions Actual Transect Data
Web Cameras Actual Transect Data
Get Sensor Data (Silverlight) Actual Transect Data
Get Sensor Data (HTML 5) Actual Transect Data
* - Also includes next generation standards

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