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Weather and Climate

Measuring Temperature

Check out this wonderful video on Weather and Temperature. In this video explore the concepts behind a thermometer, the significance of using a thermometer, etc. This resource is provided by Learning Science and Fun Science Demos. Requires Youtube.

Measuring Water in the Air - Humidity

Fun Science Demos on youtube provides a wonderful way to learn about Weather. In this video, you will get to explore a simple way to measure the amount of water that is in the air. Requires Youtube.

Measuring Air Pressure

Learn about air pressure and how to make our own barometer. This resource is provided by Fun Science Demo. It is a companion to the main website where you’ll find lots of fun, interactive science sites for kids. Requires Youtube.

Make Your Own Weather Station

Make Your Own Weather Station

Have you noticed the weather changes? Explore this hands-on tool learning resource provided by the American Museum of Natural History. Learn concepts that meteorologists use on the daily. HTML5 is required. 
What's the Big Idea About Climate Change?

What's the Big Idea About Climate Change?

Climate has evolved over time. We can see the impacts of the weather change. Explore this great resource by American Museum of Natural History to learn about how the climate has changed and the factors contributing to the change. HTML5 is required. 
NOAA Ocean Explorer - Ocean Waves

NOAA Ocean Explorer: Ocean Waves

Check out this wonderful resource by Ocean Explorer. Learn about how the Ocean and the various phenomenon’s associated with the cycle. This page is best viewed in Netscape 7.1+ or Internet Explorer 5+. HTML5 is required. 
 Seismic Waves from NASA

Seismic Waves from NASA

NASA is helping our understanding of our Earth in many ways. Learn through this simulation and lesson about Seismic Waves. Students can clearly see the origin and mapping of P and S waves. This is a unique and elegant interactive to help learn about Waves, Earthquakes, and Epicenters. HTML5 is required.

Thirstin's Water Cycle

Thirstin's Water Cycle

Check out this very interactive tool on learning the Water Cycle. The Environmental Protection Agency does a wonderful job in teaching a variety of topics ranging from Rain, Clouds, and Vapor. Flash is required.
Plate Tectonics by Optiputer Outreach

OptIPuter Outreach: Plate Tectonics

We hear about Plate Tectonics but what is it? Check out this wonderful website by Optiputer Outreach. The website breaks down the presentation with 6 Flash animations with explanations of each phase. Flash is required.
Weathering and Climate University of Kentucky

Weathering and Climate Animation

View this animation as it shows the various forms of weathering in conceptual and clear illustrations. The University of Kentucky brings us this wonderful animation as it breaks down the climates and the affects on the Earth. HTML5 is required. 
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The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes (ESS2.C)

  • Weather and the complex patterns of weather are created by the changes and movements of water in the atmosphere; determined by winds, landforms, ocean temperatures, and currents. (MS-ESS2-5)
  • Global ocean currents are created by variations in the density of ocean water. In turn these varying densities are produced by fluctuations on temperature and salinity. (MS-ESS2-6)

Weather and Climate (ESS2.D)

  • Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. (MS-ESS2-6)
  • Because these patterns are so complex, weather can only be predicted probabilistically. (MS-ESS2-5)
  • The oceans exert a major influence on weather and climate by absorbing energy from the sun, releasing it over time, and globally redistributing it through ocean currents. (MS-ESS2-6)

Global Climate Change (ESS3.D)

  • Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in the Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). (MS-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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