UNITED STATES Perhaps you’ve heard the line: “If you don’t like the weather in Chicago, wait five minutes.” Or you’ve heard it applied to a city nearer to you: Denver or San Francisco or Atlanta or Boston. But where in the country is the weather truly the most unpredictable? (FiveThirtyEight) How do scientists measure weather? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources … Continue reading What Cities Have the Most Unpredictable Weather in the U.S.?
HEALTH Climate change is poised to affect the health of Americans in every part of the country. (LiveScience) How do you teach about climate change? How do you not teach about climate change? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health lists eight ways in which human health will … Continue reading Climate Change Is Making Us Sick
Temperatures are dropping (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least . . . ) and winter is coming. (The winter solstice, marking the beginning of the season, is December 22.) Warm up your classroom with these frosty winter wonders! 1. The City of Ice (Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China) For more than 30 years, the city of Harbin in Northeast China has hosted the Harbin International Ice … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Five Winter Wonders
Our Creature Feature series is a result of collaborations between education and citizen science. In this post, the Biomimicry Institute describes how jackrabbits stay cool. By Dimitri Smirnoff and Jeanette Lim If you lived in Death Valley, how would you stay cool? In a place where summer temperatures average a staggering 46˚ C (116˚ F) staying cool can be a challenge for any critter! Humans have … Continue reading Creature Feature: Who Has an Ear for Cool Technology?
WEATHER This year’s strong El Niño is raising Pacific Ocean temperatures, with consequences for everything from fish to disease. Here are 5 things to look for. (Nat Geo News) Use our activity to better understand the effects of El Niño and La Niña. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas What is El Niño? Watch the … Continue reading What You Need to Know about El Niño