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Activities for Studying Tree Rings Online
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Selected resources provide three web-based activities to complement science lessons in an issue of Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The free, online magazine for Grades K-5 teachers explores the essential principles of climate literacy.

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Life Science
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The Ohio State University
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
All About Earth's Climate
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In this informational text, elementary school readers learn about the difference between weather and climate and about components of the climate system. The text can be used to practice visualizing and other comprehension strategies. Available in K-2 and 3-5 grade bands and as an illustrated book as well as a text document, the story appears in the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle.

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Earth and Space Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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The Ohio State University
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Asking Questions, All the Time
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The ability to ask and answer questions while reading is essential to comprehension. This article discusses instructional strategies used to teach questioning and provides many online resources. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which explores the seven essential principles of the climate sciences for teachers in k-grade 5 classrooms.

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Practitioner Support
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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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The Ohio State University
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
The Biosphere/Climate Connection
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This article continues an examination of each of the seven essential principles of the climate sciences on which the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle is structured. Principle 3 states that life on Earth depends on, is shaped by, and affects climate. The climate dictates where and how species can survive. The author discusses the scientific concepts underlying the life forms' dependence on the climate and expands the discussion with diagrams, photos, and online resources.

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Earth and Space Science
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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The Ohio State University
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Buckets of Fun with Argument-Driven Inquiry in Your School Library!
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A new instructional model, called Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI), is introduced to elementary teachers in this article. The author shows how school librarians and classroom teachers can collaborate to help students construct and communicate evidence, or arguments. Evidence buckets, a collaborative activity, and related online resources are presented. The article appears in the free online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which is structured around the seven essential principles of climate literacy.

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Reading Informational Text
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The Ohio State University
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Marcia Mardis
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Can You Read a Tree?
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In this nonfiction story, young readers and listeners learn how scientists use cross sections from trees to reconstruct past climates. Versions are provided for readers at two levels, k-2 and 3-5, and in text-only and illustrated formats. The story is also available as an electronic book with recorded narration. An original story is a regular feature of each issue of the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The story can be used in science and literacy lessons and activities throughout the magazine.

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Life Science
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Climate: A Complex Interaction
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This article continues an examination of each of the seven essential principles of climate literacy on which the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle is structured. Principle 2 covers the complex interactions among the components of the Earth system. The author discusses the scientific concepts underlying the interactions and expands the discussion with diagrams, photos, and online resources.

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Earth and Space Science
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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The Ohio State University
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Collecting Climate Data
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This professional development article identifies resources that show young learners (K-grade 5) how scientists study Earth's climate and make predictions. The online lessons either allow students to collect and analyze data or learn about tools and technologies that make data collection possible. The lessons are aligned with national content standards for science education. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which examines the recognized essential principles of climate literacy and the climate sciences for elementary teachers and their students.

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Earth and Space Science
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Data Set
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Consequences of Climate Change: Lessons about Water Availability and Extreme Weather
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This article from the free online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle provides appropriate science lessons for Grades K-5. The focus is on acquainting young learners with climate-change concepts that are not too complex for their grade level and will not frighten them. In each issue, the magazine develops articles around one of the seven essential principles of climate science. The author believes early lessons about water availability and extreme weather events will prepare students for complex climate concepts they will encounter in later grades.

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Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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The Ohio State University
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Correlation to Standards and Curriculum Connections
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The concepts that underlie the fourth essential principle of climate literacy ("Climate varies over space and time through both natural and man-made processes.") are too complex for students in early and upper-level elementary school, but the foundational knowledge can be taught within existing curriculums and standards. This foundational knowledge will lead to understanding in later years. The author shows the correlation to the national science education standards, identifies misconceptions among elementary school students, suggests formative assessment probes, and identifies lessons and activities to make curriculum connections. The free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle is based on the seven essential principles of the climate sciences.

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Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Assessment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Create Interactive Activities with Content Clips
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This article introduces a free online collection of images, video clips, and animations that teachers can use in creating resources for use with students. The four steps in creating a video clip, an animation, or other resource are presented.

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Practitioner Support
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Game
Interactive
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Earth's Changing Climate: How Do We Know What We Know?
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This article provides background information that will help teachers present the science associated with the study of climate, past, present and future. The magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle is structured around the recognized principles of climate literacy. The author explains the science concepts included in the principle related to climate study and research and also identifies additional sources of information.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Earth's Climate Changes: Virtual Bookshelf
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This list of carefully selected books for grades K-5 highlights nonfiction about climate proxies, those preserved physical characteristics, such as fossils, that scientists use to reconstruct past climates. Also highlighted are a few books that provide information about two past climatic events -- the last ice age and the Dust Bowl. In each issue of the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, the virtual bookshelf recommends books that accurately portray the theme drawn from the principles of climate sciences.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Essential Principle 2: Correlation to Standards and Curriculum Connections
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This article aligns the concepts of Essential Principle 2 of the Climate Sciences to the K-5 content standards of the National Science Education Standards. The author also identifies common misconceptions about heat and the greenhouse gases effect and offers resources for assessing students' understanding of interactions among components of the Earth system. This article continues the examination of the climate sciences and climate literacy on which the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle is structured.

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Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Assessment
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Essential Principle 3: Correlation to Standards and Curriculum Connections
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In this article, the author identifies science content standards for grades K-5 from the national standards that are aligned with the third essential principle of the climate sciences--life on Earth depends on, is shaped by, and affects climate. In addition she reviews misconceptions commonly held by children about adaptations and natural selection. The free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle is structured around the seven essential principles of the climate sciences and explores a different principle each issue.

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Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Essential Principle 5: Correlation to Standards and Curriculum Connections
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Each issue of the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle explores an essential principle of climate science and climate literacy with background information, lessons, activities, original stories, and more for the K-5 classroom. This article shows the alignment of these materials with the content standards of the National Science Education Standards.

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Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Essential Principle 6: Correlation to Standards and Curriculum Connections
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This article explores the alignment of the sixth essential principle of the climate sciences to national science education standards and its connections to the K-5 curriculum. The article also identifies some common misconceptions young students have about weather and climate. The free online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle focuses on the topics that are appropriate for young learners and introduce them to climate literacy concepts.

Subject:
Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Essential Principle 7: Correlation to Standards and Curriculum Connections
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This article identifies age-appropriate national science education content standards and curriculum connections for introducing complex concepts contained in Principle 7 of the Essential Principles of Climate Sciences. The principle describes consequences of climate changes on Earth systems and human lives. The content standards will help teachers determine appropriate topics for their students. A number of resources from the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle are highlighted for their connection to the science curriculum in the early grades. In addition, the article identifies common misconceptions about weather and the water cycle often held by students.

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Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Evaluating in Reading and Science
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Evaluating has been called one of the six most important reading comprehension strategies. In this article, it is also considered as a strategy for analyzing and interpreting data. This professional development article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which integrates science education and literacy instruction for K-grade 5 teachers. Each issue examines one of the recognized essential principles of climate literacy and the climate sciences and one or more reading strategies for elementary teachers and their students.

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Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Getting Warmer: Virtual Bookshelf
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The books selected for this list complement articles in the issue of Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle that introduce the concepts of water availability and of extreme weather conditions. In nonfiction and fiction, the books for Grades K-5 emphasize that freshwater is a limited resource and explain how and why extreme weather events occur.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
How Do We Study Climate?
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From this original story, young readers and listeners learn about four tools scientists use to study climate - climate stations, weather balloons, satellites, and buoys. The story is available at two reading levels and in three formats - text-only, illustrated booklet, and electronic book. Glossary included. Each issue of Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle contains an original story that expands on the theme.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Humans: A Force of Nature
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This article examines the sixth of seven essential principles of the climate sciences--"We Change Earth's Climate." Written for the science teacher, the article covers greenhouse gases, land-use changes, and other human-induced causes of global climate change. Each issue of the free online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle is structured around one of the seven principles. The content provides background information, lessons, and activities for K-5 classrooms.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Inferring: Reading Between the Lines Isn't Just for Reading Class
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The reading strategy known as inferring is also one of the six basic process skills in science. How to apply the strategy in teaching K-5 reading and science is explained in this article from the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The magazine is designed to prepare elementary teachers to teach climate science concepts while integrating inquiry-based science and literacy instruction.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Investigating Extreme Weather Events with Interactive Activities
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This article highlights resources that can be used to supplement lessons on extreme weather, including games and video clips. The article appears in the free, online magazine for K-Grade 5 teachers Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The magazine focuses on the essential principles of climate science.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Lapbooks: Getting Creative with Science in the School Library
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In this article, the author shows how school librarians and elementary teachers can help students create science lapbooks. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which is structured on the seven essential principles of the climate sciences.

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Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Marcia Mardis
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Learning about Sustainable Communities with Recycle City
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In a column devoted to interactive resoures for the K-5 classroom, this article features Recycle City, an EPA-produced, student-friendly web site designed to teach students about actions that create a sustainable community. Students will learn about recycling, reducing waste, and using less energy. The column regularly appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which focuses on the essential principles of climate literacy.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Lessons About Organisms, Their Adaptations, and Their Environments
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This article highlights lessons that help K-grade 5 students understand that animals and plants can only survive in certain environments.The lessons support the theme of an issue of the free online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The theme is "We Depend on Earth's Climate."

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Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Lessons about Asking, Answering Questions
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Using the web-based lessons highlighted in this article, students learn how to pose questions before, during, and after reading nonfiction, fiction, and diagrams. This reading comprehension strategy is included in the literacy column of the magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, a free, online publication for K-5 teachers.

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Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Lessons about Earth's Past Climates
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Three types of climate proxies -- tree rings, fossils, and ice cores -- are the subjects of lessons that will help K-5 students understand that Earth's climate has been different in the past and that scientists can reveal its history. This article is from the science lessons column of the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The magazine is structured around the seven essential principles of climate literacy and identifies age-appropriate resources for young learners.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Lessons about Evaluating
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The author identifies online lessons that will support students in applying evaluation skills to fiction and nonfiction texts. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which integrates science education and literacy skills instruction.

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Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Lessons about Inferring
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Different approaches to teaching the reading comprehension strategy of inferring in K-5 classrooms are identified in this article. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which is structured around the essential principles of climate science.

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Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Lessons about Making Predictions with Informational Text
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Making predictions is a skill readers need for comprehending fiction and nonfiction. Three lessons are identified here to give young readers opportunities to make predictions about nonfiction text found in print or on web pages. The lessons are aligned with the national standards for English language arts. The article appears in the free, online magazine that focuses on the seven essential principles of climate literacy.

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Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Lessons about Visualizing with Informational Text
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This article identifies online lesson plans that can be used to introduce visualizing, a comprehension skill important to both science and literacy learning. Each of the lessons meets NCTE/IRA English language arts standards. The article appears in the free online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which is structured around the seven essential principles of climate science and literacy.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Lessons about the Sun and Earth's Climate
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Concepts underlying the first of the Essential Principles of the Climate Sciences are aligned with topics typically taught in the elementary grades. This article identifies lessons that will help elementary students develop an understanding of how Sun's light warms Earth and how variations in daylight hours are associated with seasonal change. This article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
A Letter to Elementary Science Teachers
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In this article, a school librarian looks at ways the elementary teacher can find support in the school library for introducing inquiry-based, technology-enriched science concepts to K-Grade 5 students. She describes the national "@ your library" campaign, which stresses collaboration between school librarians and teachers. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which focuses on the seven essential principles of climate science.

Subject:
Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Marcia Mardis
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Life in the Greenhouse
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With two simple classroom experiments and easy-to-read text, this original story is designed to introduce young learners to the greenhouse effect. The author provides different versions of the story for grades K-2 and 3-5, as well as different formats for differentiated instruction. The free online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle focuses on principles of climate literacy that are appropriate for young learners.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Making Connections
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This article examines the reading comprehension strategy known as making connections. It involves linking what is being read (the text) to what is already known (schema, or background knowledge). The author provides links to four online resources that will help readers use the strategy in K-5 science and literacy classrooms. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which integrates science and literacy instruction.

Subject:
Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Making Connections with Literacy Lessons
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The reading strategy known as making connections can greatly enhance students' understanding of any text. This article offers resources that teachers can use to instruct K-5 students in using the strategy. The free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle integrates science and literacy instruction. Each issue contains lessons and activities that combine literacy and science experiences.

Subject:
Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Making Predictions: A Strategy for Reading and Science Learning
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This article discusses the reading instruction strategy of predicting and shows how it applies to science learning in the elementary school grades. It appears in the free online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which provides a first introduction to the Seven Essential Principles of Climate Literacy.

Subject:
Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Plants Need the Perfect Place
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This original story about plants' dependence on the climate illustrates the theme of the issue of the online, free magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle -- We Depend on Earth's Climate. The story is available at two reading levels, K-2 and 3-5. Four biomes are featured in a walk through a conservatory.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Professional Bookshelf
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Exemplary professional development publications in the areas of general instruction, science education, and literacy instruction in the elementary grades are described in each issue of Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. This free, online magazine is structured around the seven essential principles of climate literacy and emphasizes integrating science and literacy skills in grades K-5.

Subject:
Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Professional Bookshelf: Print Publications
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This column highlights exemplary professional development publications for teachers. The publications are grouped under three headings: general instruction, literacy instruction, and science instruction. The column appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which focuses on the seven essential principles of climate science.

Subject:
Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Questions, Questions: Taking Energy Inquiry Further in the School Library
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This article from Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle provides ideas on how school librarians can work with elementary teachers to teach about the Sun's impact on weather and climate. The author introduces the Standards for the 21st Century Learner, developed by the American Association of School Librarians. The author focuses on Standard 1, which calls for students to inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge through developing and refining questions, investigating answers, seeking divergent perspectives in information, and assessing whether the information found answers the questions posed. The free, online magazine draws its themes from the Seven Essential Principles of Climate Literacy, with each issue focusing on one of the seven principles.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Marcia Mardis
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
A Science Fair Makeover in Your School Library!
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School librarian Marcia Mardis describes what the library can offer to teachers and students who want to produce a focused, engaging, and effective science fair. This article appears in the free online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which explores the seven essential principles of the climate sciences for K-grade 5 classrooms.

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The Ohio State University
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National Science Foundation
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02/09/2021
Science Lessons About Our Environmental Impact
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Science and education experts caution that climate-change topics can overwhelm and frighten young children. Science lessons chosen for this article focus on general environmental issues, such as the effects of litter, air pollution, and water pollution. The lessons also include actions and solutions to environmental issues. The free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle focuses on integrating age-appropriate science learning with literacy experiences.

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Environmental Science
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The Ohio State University
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
The Seasons and the Sun
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An original informational story about Sun's role in heating Earth's air, land, and water and Sun's connection to the seasons and weather. The story encourages young readers to observe Sun's impact on weather and the seasons and to make predictions about the weather. The story is available in separate versions for grades K-2 and 3-5 and as a downloadable, full-color pdf. The story is a feature of the free online magazine that focuses on the seven principles of climate literacy.

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Earth and Space Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Summarizing and Synthesizing: What's the Difference?
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For teachers in K-Grade 5 classrooms, the author of this article reviews the reading comprehension strategies known as Summarizing and Synthesizing. She provides links to web sites and to a book that will provide more background information and lessons. The article appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which focuses on the seven essential principles of climate science.

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Reading Informational Text
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The Ohio State University
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
The Sun: Earth's Primary Energy Source
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This article provides elementary school teachers with background knowledge about science concepts needed to understand the first of seven essential principles of climate literacy--the sun is the primary source of energy for our climate system. Graphs, diagrams, and oneline resources provide more background for the teacher. The article appears in a free online magazine that focuses on the seven essential princples of the climate sciences.

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Earth and Space Science
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The Ohio State University
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Kimberly Lightle
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
The Sun and Earth's Climate: Virtual Bookshelf
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This book list contains children's books that have been screened for accuracy in depicting scientific concepts. Each book's content is briefly described and its cover pictured. The topics of the books support learning in Grades K-5 about the issue's theme. The list appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which focuses on the essential principles of climate literacy.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Kate Hastings
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Take Action: Plant a Tree
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This regular column, called Take Action, in the magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle suggests actions K-5 teachers can take to incorporate the guiding principle for informed climate decisions in the classroom. The principle, which appears in the document Climate Literacy, states that humans can take actions to reduce climate change and its impacts.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Take Action: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
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The Take Action column in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle suggests actions young people (K-grade 5) can take to reduce the impacts of climate change. The magazine examines the recognized essential principles of climate literacy and the climate sciences as well as the guiding principle for informed climate decisions.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Take Action: Stopping Energy Vampires
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The Take Action column provides resources that help teachers engage students in activities that connect their science learning to their lives. In this article, students are introduced to household appliances and devices, called energy vampires, that continue to draw electrical current even when turned off. The article offers a few simple activities that students can take to reduce the impact of energy vampires. The Take Action column regularly appears in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which focuses on the essential principles of climate literacy.

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Physics
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Activity/Lab
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Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Take Action: Water Conservation
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In this regular column of the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, the author looks at the importance of conserving water and practicing good conservation habits daily. The column is designed for teachers in K-Grade 5 classrooms and presents concepts of climate literacy that are appropriate for young children. Identified online resources provide data collection activities, lessons, and games.

Subject:
Environmental Science
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Activity/Lab
Game
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science University
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Teaching about Adaptations and Environments with ARKive
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This article introduces ARKive, a digital library of photographs and videos of the world's wildlife. The library gives special priority to at-risk species. The author notes how this interactive resource can be used by K-5 teachers to support other activities connected to the theme of this issue of the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle -- We Depend on Earth's Climate.

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Biology
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Activity/Lab
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Understanding Earth's Climate: Virtual Bookshelf
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This list of children's books recommends nonfiction titles that supplement basic information found in lessons and activities of this themed issue of the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The books are grouped by topic -- water, weather and climate, and atmosphere. Each book is described by its content, reading level, and possible uses in the classroom. Covers are pictured. The online magazine is produced for elementary school teachers and is structured around the essential principles of climate sciences and climate literacy.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Kate Hastings
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Unit Plan: We Change Earth's Climate
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Suggestions are made on how to use the resources featured in the issue of Beyond Weather and the Water Cyle in a unit on the greenhouse effect. Hands-on experiences and nonfiction text are provided to help students answer the question "How is Earth like a greenhouse?" Suggestions are also made for formative and summative assessments.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Unit Plans About Organisms, Their Adaptations, and Their Environments
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Unit plans at two levels, K-grade 2 and grades 3-5 develop understanding of the issue theme, We Depend on Earth's Climate, by focusing on adaptations and environments of local plant species and polar mammals. The units are modeled after a learning cycle framework built around five key steps: Engage, Explore, Explain, Expand, and Assess. The lessons are aligned with national standards for science education and English language arts.

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Biology
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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
The Ohio State University
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Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Unit Plans: Earth's Climate Changes
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Unit plans for Grades K-2 and 3-5 are a regular feature of the magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The plans draw on articles and resources in a themed issue and are aligned with national science and language arts standards. This unit is designed to provide elementary students with the opportunity to investigate how the annual rings in trees help scientists learn about past climates. It uses hands-on experiences and nonfiction text to answer the unit question: How do trees help scientists learn about the past?

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Unit Plans That Teach Foundational Climate Concepts
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Four unit plans provide opportunities for in-depth explorations of important foundational climate concepts -- weather, water as a solid, liquid and gas, and the water cycle -- that are appropriate for K-2 and 3-5 learners. These unit plans incorporate many of the lessons highlighted in other articles in this issue of the online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle. The magazine is structured around the essential principles of the climate sciences.

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Earth and Space Science
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Activity/Lab
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021
Unit Plans: The Sun and Earth's Climate
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In this article, teachers find two unit plans (grades K-2 and 3-5) that use resources featured in the science and literacy articles in the magazine. The unit plans are modeled after the five key steps in the learning cycle: engage, explore, explain, expand, and assess, or evaluate. The plans are aligned with the science content standards of the National Science Education Standards and the English language arts standards of the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association. The plans appear in the free, online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle.

Subject:
Earth and Space Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
02/09/2021