GLOBE Teacher's Guide

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) collection is an environmental science collection supporting an authentic scientifically rigorous program of Earth observations and measurements taken by students in partnership with scientists. Currently, the collection is composed mainly of teachers' guides, field guides and classroom activities that engage teachers and students in measuring protocols of different environmental variables like temperature, optical thickness, cloud cover, ozone, precipitation and water vapor. Field guides provide step-by-step instructions for data collection. Teacher materials provide instructional strategies and assessments for evaluating student progress. Activities are hands-on learning opportunities. Student resources in the collection support the National Science Education Standards.

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Bird Beak Accuracy Assessment
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The purpose of this resource is to quantitatively evaluate the accuracy of a classification system. Students sort birds into three possible classes based on each bird's beak: carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores. Students compare their answers with a given set of validation data.

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Ecology
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Chemistry
Geoscience
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NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Clonal and Common and Lilac Protocol
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The purpose of this resource is to have students observe their lilac plants and identify the five phenophases (first leaf, full or 95% leafed, first bloom, full bloom and end of bloom) for each lilac plant. During the growing season, students will observe their lilac plants and identify the five phenophases (first leaf, full or 95% leafed, first bloom, full bloom and end of bloom) for each lilac plant.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Computer-aided Land Cover Mapping Protocol
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The purpose of the resource is to produce a land cover type map from the digital file of a Landsat satellite image using MultiSpec software.

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Technology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Constructing a Model of ppbv of Surface Ozone
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The purpose of this activity is to construct a model that will provide students with a visual representation of parts per billion. Students work in teams to construct cubes of different volumes and to compare them to get a feel for parts per million by volume and parts per billion by volume. The intended outcome is that students gain a feeling for the small quantities of gases, such as ozone, present in the Earth's atmosphere.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)
Discovery Area Post-Protocol
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The purpose of this resource is to use a land cover type map to make environmentally sound decisions.

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Technology
History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Elementary GLOBE: Cloud Fun
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A learning activity for the "Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?" book in the Elementary GLOBE series. Each student will be given the opportunity to create their own cumulus cloud out of white paper and mount it on blue paper. Students will also complete the Cloud Fun Student Activity Sheet that includes a description of the cloud and what the weather was like on the day the cloud was observed. The purpose of the activity is to help students identify cumulus clouds and observe the weather conditions on days that they see cumulus clouds. Students will learn about a cumulus cloud's shape and appearance, how to verbally describe cumulus clouds, and what the weather is generally like when these clouds appear in the sky.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Diagram/Illustration
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Provider:
NASA
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
NOAA
The GLOBE Program
Elementary GLOBE: Cloudscape
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A learning activity for the "Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?" book in the Elementary GLOBE series. Using information from the book and their observations, students construct a sky scene with trees and buildings as reference points on the ground and cloud types ordered by altitude in the sky. Students will describe clouds using their own vocabulary and will then correlate their descriptions with the standard classifications of cloud types used by the GLOBE Program. The purpose of the activity is to help students identify some of the characteristics of clouds and to enable students to observe clouds, describe them in a common vocabulary, and compare their descriptions with the official cloud names. Students will be able to identify cloud types using standard cloud classification names. They will know that the names used for the clouds are based on three factors: their shapes, the altitude at which they occur, and whether they are producing precipitation.

Subject:
Engineering
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Elementary GLOBE: Getting to Know Soil
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A learning activity for the Scoop on Soils book in the Elementary GLOBE Series. Each student will make predictions about the properties of various soil samples. Then they will examine several types of soils and record their observations. Next, they will learn about soil profiles and horizons by both examining a soil sample in a jar and by creating a soil profile flip chart. The purpose of the activity is to provide the opportunity for students to ask questions and make observations about soil and introduce students to the properties of soil and to the concept of soil profiles and horizons. After completing this activity, students will know about soil's different properties and about soil profiles. Students will know that soils have different properties including texture, color, and size. They will know that soil forms layers based on these properties.

Subject:
Engineering
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Elementary GLOBE: Magnify That
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Students will learn about magnification and how a magnifying lens works. They will examine a variety of different objects, first without a magnifier and then with a magnifier, and compare what they observe. They will practice observing details of these objects with magnifying lens. The purpose of this activity is for students to learn about observation skills and how tools can help people make observations, what "magnification" means, and to learn that scientists use tools, such as magnifying lenses, to examine objects. Students will be able to identify a magnifying glass and its purposes. They will be able to describe how the same object looks different when using the unaided eye versus a magnifying lens.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Elementary GLOBE: Soil Treasure Hunt
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A learning activity for the Scoop on Soils book in the Elementary GLOBE Series. Students will make predictions about what they think they will find in a sample of soil. They will investigate the sample and sort out the various items they find. Next they will spend time outside observing one or more sites to see what they find in the soil. After recording and sharing their observations they will create their own stories about the things they found in the soil. The purpose of the activity is to learn about natural things commonly found in soil and how these things impact how the soil looks and feels as well as to introduce students to the concept of decomposition. After completing this activity, students will know about various things found in soil including rocks, critters, roots, and other organic material. They will also understand that animals and microorganisms aid in the decomposition process that contributes organic materials to soils.

Subject:
Engineering
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Elementary GLOBE: To Spread or Not To Spread
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A learning activity for the "Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?" book in the Elementary GLOBE series. Students will explore the difference between the three types of contrails, make observations of contrails outside, and record their observations. Fifteen minutes later they will make follow-up observations to see how the contrails they observed have changed. The purpose of the activity is to help students identify contrails and learn to distinguish between the three types of contrails and to understand that contrails are human-made and some contrails become clouds in the sky. Students will be able to (1) identify the three types of contrails; (2) understand that contrails are created by jet airplanes; and (3) understand that some contrails become clouds.

Subject:
Engineering
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Textbook
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
GLOBE Cave Protocol Field Guide: Comparing Surface and Subterranean Environments
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The GLOBE Cave Protocol Field Guide utilizes existing GLOBE protocols to explore an extreme environment. Caves provide an opportunity to utilize GLOBE protocols to investigate underground environments and compare them to surface environments. Outside the cave, students record elevation, MUC, latitude and longitude, air temperature, relative humidity and air pressure. Inside the cave, students record air temperature, relative humidity and air pressure as well as observe and describe cave features in each room. Students also note evidence of biological activity and human impact. If water is present inside the cave, students record water temperature and pH. Follow up questions are included in the Field Guide.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Leaf Classification
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The purpose of this resource is to develop a classification system for a set of objects and learn about hierarchical classification systems. Any set of objects, such as insects or rocks, may be used as well.

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History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
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Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Operation Ruby Throat: The Hummingbird Project Protocol
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The purpose of this resource is to observe seasonal migration patterns, feeding habits, and nesting behavior of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds (Archilochus colubris) in North and Central America. All students will learn about hummingbird natural history and ecology. Students will learn how to identify and age male and female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and to observe migration and feeding behavior. Students will learn how to make connections among hummingbird behavior and weather, climate, food availability, seasonality, photoperiod (day length), and other environmental factors.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Provider:
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Sample Site Selection and Set-Up
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The purpose of this resource is to select 15 km x 15 km Land Cover Sample Sites.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Site Seeing Beginning Level
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The purpose of this resource is to investigate the center pixel of a homogeneous land Cover Site in order to understand that individual land areas are part of a larger land system.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Site Seeing Intermediate Level
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The purpose of this resource is to investigate the idea that every dynamic system has energy and matter in different forms.

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Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
NASA
The GLOBE Program
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Wavelength
Globe Program
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
What is the Right Answer
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The purpose of this resource is to introduce students to the concept that sometimes there is no one "right" answer to a question or measurement. Students learn to be careful when searching for a right answer to questions such as 'What time is it?' by comparing multiple measurements of the time of day. Students gain an intuitive understanding of the characteristics of imperfect measurements. Using different clocks, students simultaneously record the displayed times. The resulting time measurements are converted from minutes and seconds to seconds. These measurements are plotted to illustrate the mathematical techniques of averages and deviations from an average.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
GLOBE Teacher's Guide
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)