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Northern Nevada Science Teachers Present: Climate Change Activities for the Classroom. Timothy Kiley , University of Nevada, Reno, College of Education, Graduate Student. Laboratory Activity Manual. Climate change science laboratory manual

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Northern Nevada Science Teachers Present: Climate Change Activities for the Classroom

Timothy Kiley,

University of Nevada, Reno,

College of Education, Graduate Student

Laboratory Activity Manual

  • Climate change science laboratory manual

  • Washoe Valley School District science educators

Application and activities

  • Unique to the northern Nevada area

  • Application to other Nevada science educators

The First edition

Starting small and looking to the future


  • Traditional laboratory manual format

  • Multi grade level

  • First edition


  • Introductory section on the basics

  • References and links to other activities and information

  • Interactive / Call for contributors


  • Introduction

  • Inquiry-based teaching section

  • Activites broken down by grade level

  • Conclusions

  • Call for contributors

  • References

  • Index

The cast of contributors

Epscor participants and their lessons

Elementary activities

  • Donna Chaney, 6th grade, Palmer Elementary, Reno

  • guided-inquiry approach

  • water barometers

  • three class science sessions

  • Prior learning and an anticipatory set:

    • video on weather and air pressure

    • power point presentation on Evangelista Torricelli

  • Do-at-home lab: Freezing water with dissolved salt

  • Discussion: Solve the Global Warming Problem!

  • elementary

    • Julie Rogers, 4th grade, Whitehead Elementary, Sparks

    • Climate change game:

    • Unit of heat or greenhouse gas molecule and role-palyed

    • Take home “green survey” discussion

    • Diagram of the sun/earth/atmosphere system.


    • Frances Squires, 6th grade, Whitehead Elementary

    • Water and Global Climate Change

    • “the primal substance from which all other substances were made.” -Empedocles

      • The Water Cycle

        • Water as it relates to weather

        • Water as it relates to Climate Change

        • Water as Essential to the Earth and Life on Earth

        • Climate vs. Weather

          All lessons/activities done using the 5-E model!


    • Kay Wilkinson-Brown, 3rd grade, Westergard Elementary

    • ESL-oriented activity

    • Leveled readers / reading program

    • Snorkeling + Underwater with Jacques Cousteau

    • Questioning and theorizing

    • Forming hypotheses

    • Investigate

    • Data analysis / Theory extension

    Middle school

    • Sara Sattler, Pine Middle School

    • Carbon Footprint

    • Discussion

    • Freewrite(Prior Knowledge Check):

    • Explore: Watch Video, Carbon Sequestering?

    • Global warming and CO2: discussion / KWL session

    Middle school

    • Susan Kaiser, Pine Middle School

    • Local and Site Specific Climate Observing:

    • Pre-activities:

      • 1) compass practice

      • 2) compass bearing and pace;

      • 3) field notes in a journal

      • 4) historic field journals

  • Excel to create a Climatogram using local data

  • Citizen Scientist Students

  • Phenology Studies  

  • secondary

    • John Batcabe, Wooster High School

    • Investigation of Water

    • 1. Observe the properties of water on wax

    • paper and on a penny using an eyedropper.

    • 2. Paper Clips on water surface using forceps.

    • 3. How many pennies can an aluminum foil boat hold? A contest.

    • 4. Water temp with ice in Celsius degree. Encourage low temperature minimum.

    • 5. Water temp with ice and salt (oC). Suggest careful stirring.

    • 6. Ice melting time in water; before and after temperatures of system (oC).

    • 7. Hot vs. cold: food coloring droplet dissolution comparison in glass bottles..

    • 8.  Dry ice investigation on glass dish and in water. Discuss the use of caution.

    • 9.  Capillary tube and colored liquid observation with time measurement.


    • LexiSuchy-Mabrouk

    • Non-science lesson: math, data and a scatter plot

    • Guided inquiry

    • Ice cores about sulfur concentrations

    • The year without a summer


    • Susan Hastings, McQueen High School

    • A multi-level inquiry-based project

    • water usage and rights issues in the Middle East

    • Water – the Middle East’s Critical Resource (N.G.)

    • Acountry in the Middle East to represent

    • Research

    • “Ambassadors”  treaty negotiations


    How can I get this book?


    • Formatting: standard laboratory manual activities

    • Lab book as resource

    • Non C.C teachers

    • Design a unit on climate change


    • Usable “lab book” format

    • Final draft of the lab/activity

    • Additonal call for activities

    • New EPSCoR participants

    • Second edition

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