Resources for Teachers

Grade 9-12: Global Change

General Global Change|| Climate Change

General Global Change

USA National Phenology Network- Background Information
A partnership that brings together citizen scientists, government agencies, non-profit groups, educators, and students of all ages to monitor the impacts of climate change on plants and animals in the United States. The Web site provides training and resource materials plus opportunities to contribute as an individual or group.

EarthNow!- Photos
Currently only works in Internet Explorer. A mesmerizing, near-real time viewer that displays data received from the Landsat 5 and Landsat 7 satellites as they pass over the United States.

Tracking Change over Time- Background Information
Enhance students' learning of geography, map reading, earth science, and problem solving through landscape changes recorded by satellites in space.

Evaluating Glacier and Landscape Change- Lesson
In this lesson students interpret USGS data in multiple formats and draw conclusions based on the data presented. 

Climate Change

Climate Connections: In a series of brief videos, USGS scientists answer questions from students and the public about climate change:

Also listen to a 17 minute podcast about the basics of Climate Change: What's the difference between climate and weather? What is the carbon cycle? What are the impacts of climate change?.

El Niño and La Niña- Background Information
A brief description of the El Niño phenomenon and graphics showing the differences between El Niño ocean conditions, normal ocean conditions, and La Niña ocean conditions.

Deserts—Geology and Resources- Background Information
A publication written for the general public, it describes how deserts form, types of deserts, and landscape features typically associated with deserts. Learn about desertification as an indicator of climate change.

Volcanic Gas- Background Information
A fact sheet describing gases released by volcanoes. Volcanic gases contribute to the ongoing evolution of the atmosphere.

Melting Glaciers: Before and After Photographs- Photos
The USGS Repeat Photography Project for Glacier National Park pairs historic images of glaciers with striking contemporary photos to give global warming a face and make climate change a relevant issue.

Greenhouse Gases- Activity
Students observe and contrast thermal properties of three major greenhouse changes over time for dry air, water saturated air, carbon dioxide, and methane.