Setting the Stage for Understanding the Climate System's Complex Interactions

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The author of this article notes that K-5 students are not expected to study the complex interactions between components of the climate systems but they need to begin learning about the components separately. The author identifies a number of science lessons about weather, the water cycle, the oceans, and the atmosphere. The lessons are aligned with the K-5 content standards of the National Science Education Standards. This article appears in the free online magazine Beyond Weather and the Water Cycle, which is structured around the seven essential principles of climate science and literacy. Less

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    Grade: TK/K to 6

    Topics: Inquiry & Problem Based Learning, Instructional Strategies, Earth & Space Science, Weather, Climate & Atmosphere, Energy & Work, Professional Development, Physics, Ecology & Ecosystems, Our Solar System, Geology & the Dynamic Earth, Experimentation and the Scientific Method, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Current Science, Education, Child Development & Family Services, Earth's Resources

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