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Weather and Climate


Cane Lab

Cane Lab

Let your students Create-A-Cane! They’ll try to create ideal conditions for a hurricane by changing the winds, latitude, moisture and sea temperature.


Watch the world’s weather in REAL TIME. This live, interactive, 3D map lets you watch rain, clouds and even hurricanes across the globe! MeteoEarth lets students navigate around the 3D globe while selecting the icons that reveal different types of weather.
Timelapse of the Earth’s Surface

VIDEO: Timelapse of the Earth’s Surface

Watch our planet evolve, from the last ice age to 1000 years in the future! This animated, and quite realistic-looking, map shows the evolution of the Earth’s surface over 21,000 years, including sea levels, coast lines, ice cover, and vegetation.
Global Ice Viewer

Global Ice Viewer

Global Ice Viewer allows students to select a topic to see how climate change has affected glaciers, sea ice, and continental ice sheets worldwide. Glaciers, Greenland and Iceland, Antarctica, and the Arctic are all covered in these interactive learning topics.
Solar System Simulator

Geologic Timeline

In this learning activity, students will use a Web-based Geologic Timeline to understand how the climate has changed in the last 715 million years. They will examine temperature, CO2 concentration, and ice cover data to investigate how climate has changed during the last 715 million years; understand that long term climate patterns provide evidence for fluctuating CO2 concentrations; and record and analyze a long-term global climate data set.
Milankovitch Cycles Climate

Vostok Core & Milankovitch Cycles Climate

Students explore this Milankovitch Cycles visualization themselves to understand how changes in three orbital parameters (eccentricity, precession, and tilt) have affected global temperature. Students will learn how Milankovitch showed that regular changes in Earth’s orbit result in periods of lower global temperature, and these periods correspond to the timing of past ice ages.
Climate Pathways

Climate Pathways

Climate Pathways is an iOS application that will help you understand the speed and timing of emissions reductions that are required to stay below 2°C of warming. It answers two important questions: 1. How much do greenhouse gas emissions have to fall to stabilize the earth’s temperature? 2. What are the implications of waiting to start reducing emissions?
Climate Time Machine

Climate Time Machine

The Climate Time machine takes students through a series of visualizations that shows how some of Earth’s key climate indicators are changing over time. Students explore Sea Ice, Sea Levels, Carbon Dioxide, and Global Temperatures!
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Weather and Climate (ESS2.D)

  • The foundation for Earth’s global climate systems is the electromagnetic radiation from the sun, as well as its reflection, absorption, storage, and redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and land systems, and this energy’s re-radiation into space. (HS-ESS2-4)
  • Changes in the atmosphere due to human activity have increased carbon dioxide concentrations and thus affect climate. (HS-ESS2-6),(HS-ESS2-4)

Global Climate Change (ESS3.D)

  • Though the magnitudes of human impacts are greater than they have ever been, so too are human abilities to model, predict, and manage current and future impacts. (HS-ESS3-5)

About NGSS

Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.”


Our team from Temple University has developed this resource for all K-12 students and teachers of science. These vetted learning tools align to the NGSS. Find one we should include? Just fill out the form.

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Many of these science resources require Java and Flash. Click below to download.

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