Earth and Climate Systems

MRCC: Color and Understand the Global Climate System book Color and Understand the Global Climate System    A fun way to learn the basics of the global climate system, targeted to grades 3-5. Each part of the climate system is presented as a black-and-white illustration to color, along with a brief explanation. This downloadable pdf file also contains a preface for teachers containing objectives, materials, and glossary.

The Globe Program logo Earth Systems Story Book    A children's story book from The Globe Program that joins a classroom of students as they gain an understanding of how the Earth works as a system while preparing their end of the school year play.

Ocean Currents from NOAAOcean Currents from NOAA    This educational webpage from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) highlights Earth's ocean currents and their effect on the earth's climate by providing background information, links to multimedia resources, lessons and activities, real world data, and career profiles.

El Niño / La Niña Education ResourcesEl Niño / La Niña Education Resources    This webpage from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides links to various educational websites from various programs for El Niño and La Niña, including websites focused on kids.

Albedo Lesson PDF Albedo Lesson   This experiment from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) allows students to observe the effects of Albedo on the earth's surface temperature. Students are then asked to predict the effect of melting ice on the surface albedo, and how this effects global climate change.  (pdf)

Climate Around the WorldClimate Around the World    This activity allows students to gather climate data from different regions across the globe and present their findings to the class. This will allow the students to learn about the different climate regions that are found across the Earth.