Lesson Plans

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility Education and Outreach Program creates basic science lessons related to weather and climate for K-12th grade. ARM Education strives to make lessons that are relevant to the needs of the schools in the communities where ARM has its sites, the Southern Great Plains (SGP) of the United States, the Tropical Western Pacific (TWP), and the North Slope of Alaska (NSA). However, almost all of these lessons are useful for students anywhere. To learn more about the ARM Climate Research Facility, click to view a short video (YouTube).

Additional classroom materials are available at Just for Fun, including an activity book full of Climate, Coloring, Crosswords... and Other Fun Stuff!

Getting Started

Lesson Plans and Activities

Click on a table header to sort the table by name, type, grade level, category, or site.

Name Type Grade Level Category Site
Lesson Plan K-2 Oceans Tropical Western Pacific
Lesson Plan 3-5 Oceans North Slope of Alaska
Lesson Plan 6-8 Climate Change Tropical Western Pacific
Lesson Plan 9-12 Oceans Tropical Western Pacific
Understanding Wind Direction and Making a Wind Vane (PDF, 126KB) Lesson Plan 3-5 Weather and Climate  
What is an Aerosol? (PDF, 142KB) Lesson Plan K-2 Weather and Climate  
Common Covering Clouds (PDF, 297KB) Lesson Plan K-2 Weather and Climate  
When Floating Ice Melts in the Sea (PDF, 631KB) Lesson Plan K-2 Oceans  
Planting Trees (PDF, 285KB) Lesson Plan 3-5 Climate Change  
Rainfall and the Water Table (PDF, 625KB) Lesson Plan 3-5 Climate Change  
Making Clouds (PDF, 247KB) Lesson Plan 6-8 Weather and Climate  
Why Is It Hotter at the Equator? (PDF, 1.6MB) Lesson Plan 6-8 Weather and Climate  
Monsoon Convection Cells (PDF, 254KB) Lesson Plan 9-12 Weather and Climate  
Thermal Expansion of Water (PDF, 870KB) Lesson Plan 9-12 Oceans  
Air Density and Temperature Activity   Atmosphere Tropical Western Pacific
Air Pressure Activity   Atmosphere Tropical Western Pacific
Comparing Temperature, Pressure, and Humidity (PDF, 39KB) Activity 6-9 Atmosphere  
Measuring Quantities of Gases Activity   Atmosphere Tropical Western Pacific
Measuring Water Vapor Activity Middle School/Junior High Atmosphere  
Outgassing Activity   Atmosphere Tropical Western Pacific
Plant Growth and Carbon Dioxide Activity   Atmosphere Tropical Western Pacific
Simple Light Scattering Activity   Atmosphere Tropical Western Pacific
Sunlight and Water Evaporation Activity   Atmosphere Tropical Western Pacific
The Thermodynamics of Pizza(PDF, 155KB, also available in PPT, 152KB) Activity   Atmosphere North Slope of Alaska
Acid Rain Activity   Climate Change Tropical Western Pacific
Amount of Greenhosue Gases in the Atmosphere Activity   Climate Change Tropical Western Pacific
Bringing Climate Change into the Classroom (PDF, 261KB) Activity   Climate Change North Slope of Alaska
Environmental Changes Activity   Climate Change Tropical Western Pacific
Expansion of Population and the Environment Activity   Climate Change Tropical Western Pacific
Global Warming Activity   Climate Change Tropical Western Pacific
Historical Climate Statistics Activity   Climate Change Tropical Western Pacific
The Pacific and El Niño Activity   Climate Change Tropical Western Pacific
Tracking Global Climate Change Activity   Climate Change  
Coastal Erosion Activity   Oceans Tropical Western Pacific
Dissolved Gases in Water Activity   Oceans Tropical Western Pacific
Estimating Local Sea Level Activity   Oceans Tropical Western Pacific
Ocean Currents Activity   Oceans Tropical Western Pacific
Past Sea Level Data Activity   Oceans Tropical Western Pacific
Sea Water and Agriculture Activity   Oceans Tropical Western Pacific
Surface Currents Activity   Oceans Tropical Western Pacific
Temperature of the Pacific Ocean Activity   Oceans Tropical Western Pacific
Whales and Sea Ice: Investigating Insulation (PDF, 148KB) Activity 3-6 Oceans North Slope of Alaska
Adapting to Survive (PDF, 12KB) Activity 6-9 Weather and Climate North Slope of Alaska
Arctic Microclimates (PDF, 34KB, also available in PPT, 80KB); Arctic Microclimate Worksheet Activity 6-9 Weather and Climate North Slope of Alaska
Climate in the Pacific Region Activity 6-9 Weather and Climate Tropical Western Pacific
Clouds of Changing Times (PDF, 43KB) Activity 2-4 Weather and Climate North Slope of Alaska
Current Weather (PDF, 90KB) Lesson Plan 6-8 Weather and Climate Tropical Western Pacific
Effects of Solar Radiation on Land and Sea Activity   Weather and Climate Tropical Western Pacific
The Extraordinary Life of the Alaskan Tundra (PDF, 77KB) Activity Middle School/High School Weather and Climate North Slope of Alaska
Iñupiat Weather Expertise (PDF, 102KB)
An extended version of An Iñupiat Weather Report (PDF, 30KB)
Activity   Weather and Climate North Slope of Alaska
Measuring Cloud Heights Activity Middle School/Junior High Weather and Climate  
Measuring Solar Radiation Activity Middle School/Junior High Weather and Climate  
Measuring Wind Profiles Activity Middle School/Junior High Weather and Climate  
Microclimate Activity   Weather and Climate Tropical Western Pacific
Mountains of Erosion (PDF, 39KB) Activity   Weather and Climate North Slope of Alaska
Observing Wind Speed and Cloudiness Activity   Weather and Climate Tropical Western Pacific
Reason for the Seasons Activity   Weather and Climate Tropical Western Pacific
Surface Meteorological Observation System (SMOS) Activity Middle School/Junior High Weather and Climate  
Understanding Inversions (PDF, 175KB)
More About Inversions (PDF, 264KB)
Activity   Weather and Climate  
Vertical Cloud Radar Activity Middle School/Junior High Weather and Climate  
Wave Erosion (PDF, 22KB) Activity 4 Weather and Climate North Slope of Alaska
Weather and Climate Statistics Activity   Weather and Climate Tropical Western Pacific
Weather Balloons Activity Middle School/Junior High Weather and Climate  
Winds Activity Middle School/Junior High Weather and Climate Tropical Western Pacific
Your Own Greenhouse Activity Middle School/Junior High Weather and Climate Tropical Western Pacific

Background Information

At the teacher workshop at Barrow High School, the teachers took part in an Arctic Microclimates Lesson and Activity. The teachers, shown here, are taking temperatures of different microclimates.
At the teacher workshop at Barrow High School, the teachers took part in an Arctic Microclimates Lesson and Activity. The teachers, shown here, are taking temperatures of different microclimates.

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