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Climate Variation Kit

Item # 331158

Product Highlights

  • Describe the major processes that lead to Earth’s climate variation.
  • In addition to earth science, these materials can be used in a high school chemistry course.
  • High school laboratory investigation with enough materials for 8 lab groups.
  • Carolina Kits 3D®—Labs that use phenomena to support NGSS and 3-dimensional instruction.



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  • Overview

    Describe the major processes that lead to Earth’s climate variation. In this series of 4 investigations, students explore the mechanisms that produce the patterns seen on a Köppen-Geiger climate map. They model how the tilt of Earth impacts light intensity, how different surfaces store and transmit solar energy, convection currents, and the Coriolis effect.

    Curriculum Connection
    While designed for a stand-alone earth science course, this series of activities could be incorporated into a high school chemistry course during a unit on types of energy and energy transfer.

    Time Requirement
    Teacher prep, 135 minutes. Completing the activities, approximately 2 weeks (300 minutes).

    Digital Resources
    Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

    Performance Expectations
    HS-ESS2-4. Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
    HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.

    Crosscutting Concepts

    Disciplinary Core Ideas
    ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

    Science and Engineering Practices
    Constructing Explanations

    Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
    Students should be familiar with features of a globe, such as hemispheres and lines of latitude and longitude, the difference between Earth’s rotation and revolution, an understanding of how light can be absorbed or reflected by matter, and the use of a protractor.

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  • What's Included
    Components Qty Included?
    Köppen-Geiger Map 8 Included
    Wooden Skewer 2 Included
    Hex Nut 2 Included
    Plastic Vial 4 Included
    Convection Fluid, 32 oz 1 Included
    Food Coloring, Set of 4 1 Included
    Sand, 1/2 Cup 1 Included
    Metal Fastener 100 Included
    Plastic Lid 4 Included
    Plastic Cup, 9 oz 10 Included
    Protractor 4 Included
    Masking Tape, Roll 1 Included
    Pipet 8 Included
    Styrene Sphere, 6" 2 Included
    Thermometer 4 Included
    Glass Vial 2 Included
    Petri Dish, 100 x 20 mm 2 Included
    Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription) 1 Included
    Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
    Clamp Light 4 Needed, Not Included
    Incandescent Bulb 4 Needed, Not Included
    Extensions Cords (as needed) Needed, Not Included
    Index Cards 8 Needed, Not Included
    Light Meter (e.g., smartphone with app) 2 Needed, Not Included
    Stopwatch (or other timing device) 2 Needed, Not Included
    Hot Plate 2 Needed, Not Included
    White Paper, Sheets 10 Needed, Not Included
    Scissors 4 Needed, Not Included
    Tongs or Heat-Resistant Gloves 2 Needed, Not Included
    Transparent Tape, Roll 1 Needed, Not Included
    Black Construction Paper, Sheets 2 Needed, Not Included
    Graph Paper, Sheets 8 Needed, Not Included
    Paper Towels Needed, Not Included
    Screwdriver Needed, Not Included
    Water Needed, Not Included
    Duct Tape (optional) Needed, Not Included
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