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Earth Climate Course: What Determines a Planet's Climate? DLESE Reviewed Collection
This module is designed to connect cutting edge NASA research with the teaching and learning of core science and mathematics concepts and skills while addressing state and national education standards. The process of science inquiry and the tools used to do research play a major role in all the lessons. Topics and research projects include Temperature Variations and Habitability, Modeling Hot and Cold Planets, and Using Mathematical Models to Investigate Planetary Habitability. Teacher Notes provide background and instructional guidelines and include class hand-outs for the student activities. Resources found in data and tools are used by students to conduct the analysis called for in the module investigations.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Curriculum
    • Module / Unit
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
    • Modeled
    • Remotely sensed
  • Tools:
    • Software
  • Atmospheric science
  • Climatology
  • Environmental science
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
  • Physics
  • Space science
  • Other
Technical requirements:
PDF documents require Acrobat Reader. XLS documents require Microsoft Excel. TBK documents require the Neuron plugin (available for Windows only).
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
NASA images generally are not copyrighted. You may use NASA imagery, video and audio material for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits and Internet Web pages. This general permission does not include the NASA insignia logo (the blue "meatball" insignia), the NASA logotype (the red "worm" logo) and the NASA seal. These images may not be used by persons who are not NASA employees or on products (including Web pages) that are not NASA sponsored. If the NASA material is to be used for commercial purposes, especially including advertisements, it must not explicitly or implicitly convey NASA's endorsement of commercial goods or services
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-502
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
        • Structure of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in society
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about science and technology
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Contact: Robert B. Schmunk
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)