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What is the difference between weather and climate?

Learn about the difference between weather and climate then study a climate classification map and and analyze the climates near where you live.     View Details »

Key Concepts: weather, climate, ecology

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Cupcake Paleoecology
Scientists use lake sediment cores to interpret past environments. In this lesson, students will use cupcakes to understand the laws of superposition, learn how to date prehistoric organic things, and understand how scientists use lake cores to...   View Details »

Key Concepts: paleoecology, chronology, radiocarbon dating, tephrochronology


Drake Equation
Students estimate the number of intelligent civilizations in our Milky Way by using observations and predictions based on NASA data. Grades 6-12.   View Details »

Key Concepts: estimate, NASA, Drake equation


Drinking Water in Arid Climates
This is an activity on water condensation that illustrates to students how water droplets collect on surfaces under certain circumstances. Students measure condensation formed in their water traps and chart the results over several days. They...   View Details »

Key Concepts: Atmospheric Science, Water Cycle, Condensation


Everest Education Expedition
In Spring 2012, a team of athletes and scientists from Montana State University embarked upon an historic expedition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first successful American ascent of Mount Everest. The Everest Education Expedition...   View Details »

Key Concepts: geology, geography, climate, snow science, culture, physiology, glaciers


Everest Education Expedition Climber's Journal
Throughout the three-month journey to Everest and back home again, MSU geologist Dr. David Lageson and Travis Corthouts, a Montana State University geology graduate student, shared their experiences, adventures and research findings with students...   View Details »

Key Concepts: geology,


Exploring Ecosystems: Biodiversity in My Backyard (full curriculum)
Explore the ecosystems of Montana alongside researchers from the Montana Institute on Ecosystems and enhance your students's understanding of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This unit parallels research that is being done in...   View Details »

Key Concepts: ecology, ecosystems, climate change, climate, biodiversity, wildlife, data


Exploring Ecosystems: Lesson 1, Explore the Ecosystem
In Lesson 1 of the Exploring Ecosystems: Biodiversity in My Backyard curriculum, you'll learn about ecosystems and how an ecosystems's species are interconnected through games and diagrams. Explore how species' survival depends on the health of the...   View Details »

Key Concepts: climate change, environmental science


Exploring Ecosystems: Lesson 2, Become a Wildlife Ecologist
In Lesson 2 of the Exploring Ecosystems: Biodiversity in My Backyard curriculum, students will explore how scientists gather data on wildlife and the techniques they use in the field. Investigate signs of life and search for evidence of life in...   View Details »

Key Concepts: ecosystems, wildlife, ecology, citizen science, biodiversity


Exploring Ecosystems: Lesson 3, Biodiversity Basics
In Lesson 3 of the Exploring Ecosystems: Biodiversity in My Backyard curriculum, students will understand how biodiversity is calculated by using a model of a Rocky Mountain forest. Students will research species that live in the ecosystem and play...   View Details »

Key Concepts: ecosystems, biodiversity, wildlife, math, statistics


Exploring Ecosystems: Lesson 4, Climate Change and Endangered Species
In Lesson 4 of the Exploring Ecosystems: Biodiversity in My Backyard curriculum, students will study various climates around the world by exploring global data and comparing different cities. Identify how your actions contribute to climate change...   View Details »

Key Concepts: ecosystems, biodiversity, wildlife, climate change, endangered species, geography