NOAA Sea to Sky: Education resource database

Welcome to our new searchable database of education resources created by NOAA and our partners. If you have issues or feedback, please let us know by filling out our feedback form offsite link or emailing us at education@noaa.gov.

Audience

Grade 3-5
Grade 6-8
Grade 9-12

Subject

Earth science
ELA (English Language Arts)
Engineering and technology
Life science
Math
Physical science

Resource type

Activities, lessons, and units
Lesson plan
Module/unit
Collection

Topic

Climate
Carbon cycle
Climate change impacts
Freshwater
Water cycle
Marine life
Coral reef ecosystems
Life in an estuary
Ocean and coasts
Ocean acidification
Weather and atmosphere
El Niño and La Niña

NGSS DCI

ESS2: Earth’s Systems
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
PS1: Matter and Its Interactions

Special categories

Lesson includes
Hands-on
Informal
Inquiry
Models
Uses data

Collection name

Data in the Classroom

Data in the Classroom has structured, student-directed lesson plans that use historical and real-time NOAA data. The five modules address research questions and include stepped levels of engagement with complex inquiry investigations with real-time and past data.

Audience

Grade K-2
Grade 3-5
Grade 6-8

Subject

Earth science
Engineering and technology
Life science
Physical science

Resource type

Career profile
Collection
Multimedia
Webinar

Topic

Climate
Carbon cycle
Cryosphere
Freshwater
Rivers
Watersheds, flooding, and pollution
Marine life
Aquatic food webs
Coral reef ecosystems
Ecosystems
Fish
Fisheries and seafood
Invasive marine species
Invertebrates
Life in an estuary
Marine mammals
Plankton
Salmon
Sea turtles
Seabirds
Seaweed, algae, and aquatic plants
Sharks, rays, and skates
Ocean and coasts
Harmful algal blooms
Maritime archaeology and history
Ocean acidification
Ocean exploration
Ocean floor features
Ocean pollution and marine debris
Oil spills
Tsunamis
Technology and engineering
Buoys
ROVs, AUVs, and drones
Satellites
Ships and planes
Weather and atmosphere
Drought
Fires
Hazards and safety
Hurricanes
Space weather
Weather observations
Weather systems and patterns

Special categories

Cultural heritage
Other languages
American Sign Language
Spanish

Collection name

NOAA Live! 4 Kids

This webinar series was developed by NOAA's Regional Collaboration Network and Woods Hole Sea Grant at WHOI in response to the COVID school closures. With over 100 webinars featuring different NOAA experts/topics and a moderated question and answers session throughout so that students could get a peek at what our NOAA scientists do in all the various NOAA offices. They range in geography, content, and NOAA line office focus but are all designed to engage the students, answer their questions, and give them a glimpse of possible career options. Captions are available in English and Spanish. Many have ASL interpretation.

Audience

Adults
College+
Grade 9-12

Subject

Engineering and technology
Earth science
Life science
Physical science

Resource type

Advanced data product
Data product
Collection

Topic

Technology and engineering
Marine life
Climate
Weather and atmosphere
Ocean and coasts
Buoys
Satellites
Drought
Ecosystems
Cryosphere
Fires
Coral reef ecosystems
Climate data monitoring
Climate change impacts
Changing seasons
Carbon cycle
Weather systems and patterns
Weather observations
Tornadoes
Space weather
Hurricanes
El Niño and La Niña

Collection name

National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

NCEI is a major NOAA data repository that hosts and provides public access to one of the most significant archives for environmental data on Earth. Over 25 petabytes (25 million gigabytes) of atmospheric, coastal, oceanic, and geophysical data are available, including interactive maps, numerical data, satellite imagery, graphs and figures, modeled and predicted data, and more.

Audience

Adults
College+
Grade 9-12

Subject

Earth science

Resource type

Background information

Topic

Climate
Carbon cycle
Climate change

Read about the basics of the carbon cycle and greenhouse effect, including types of greenhouse gases and the role of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in carbon storage and exchange. The text is accompanied by informational graphics.

Audience

Adults
College+
Grade 9-12

Subject

Earth science

Resource type

Career profile

Topic

Climate
Ocean and coasts
Climate change
Climate data monitoring
Carbon cycle

An interview with scientist Sarah Purkey about her deep ocean warming research.

Audience

Adults
College+
Grade 9-12
Grade 6-8

Subject

Earth science
Life science

Resource type

Related story

Topic

Climate
Climate change
Carbon cycle

Scientists have known for many years that rising temperatures are lengthening the growing season in many northern and mid-latitude forests. This research indicates that in the eastern United States, increased carbon uptake is great than carbon dioxide “exhaled” into the atmosphere through respiration. Overall, it seems that eastern forests are acting as increasing “sinks” for carbon dioxide.

Audience

Grade 9-12
College+
Adults

Subject

Earth science
Life science

Resource type

Career profile

Topic

Climate
Carbon cycle
Climate change
Climate change impacts
Marine life
Coral reef ecosystems
Ecosystems
Life in an estuary
Seaweed, algae, and aquatic plants
Ocean and coasts
Earth processes

Read an interview with Ariane Arias-Ortiz, a 2019-2021 NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California Berkeley’s Biometeorology Lab. Ariane studies carbon storage in coastal saltwater and freshwater wetlands. Her work holds significant, immediate implications for reducing global carbon emissions through wetlands restoration. 

Audience

Grade 9-12
Grade 6-8
Grade 3-5

Subject

Earth science
Life science

Resource type

Video
Background information
Multimedia

Topic

Climate
Carbon cycle

Special categories

Education at home
Lesson includes

A broad overview of the carbon cycle. The video is hosted on a webpage that includes more information about the carbon cycle. A side menu on the page links to more carbon resources. There is also an explanation of "blue carbon," or carbon captured by the world's ocean and coastal ecosystems.

Audience

College+
Grade 9-12
Grade 6-8

Subject

ELA (English Language Arts)
Earth science

Resource type

Simulation
Collection
Lesson plan
Activities, lessons, and units
Multimedia

Topic

Climate
Ocean and coasts
Carbon cycle
Ocean acidification

NGSS DCI

ETS1: Engineering Design
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
ESS2: Earth’s Systems
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

Special categories

Informal
Education at home
Models
Uses data
Lesson includes

Collection name

EarthLabs

This unit will introduce you to the basics of the carbon cycle. You will learn how the carbon cycle, climate and the abiotic and biotic components of the environment influence each other in many ways. You will learn how carbon moves throughout the different components of the carbon cycle and where carbon is stored in the Earth's system. Using case studies, NASA visualizations, current research, and interactives, you will explore how living things on land, in soils, and in our ocean regulate the carbon cycle. Because carbon, climate and the environment are tightly coupled, you will analyze the effect of carbon dioxide on the Earth's thermostat and our climate. Finally, you will seek possible solutions to a warming climate.

Audience

Grade K-2
Grade 3-5

Subject

Life science

Topic

Weather and atmosphere
Climate
Freshwater
Water cycle
Climate change impacts
Changing seasons
Carbon cycle
Weather systems and patterns

Collection name

The GLOBE Program

Students learn about Earth systems through science-based fictional story books and accompanying lesson plans. The seven books in this series cover air quality, climate, clouds, Earth system, seasons, soil, and water.