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Exploring the Environment®:
Global Climate Change Modules

Using climate science models and NASA satellite images and data sets, students apply problem-solving methods and scientific inquiry skills to address six climate-related scenarios.

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Exploring the Environment®: Global Climate Change Teacher Pages

Each of the problem-based learning scenarios also includes teacher pages to help educators implement the modules into their classroom teaching. All of the materials are free. Our only request is that teachers register for the site to access the module-specific teacher pages and complete a post-event survey.

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Problem-based Learning

Whether you’re new to problem-based learning or have extensive experience using this type of instructional approach, we encourage you to view our problem-based learning pages. Teachers, share your feedback on our modules and ideas by e-mailing

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Exploring the Environment®:
Legacy Modules

The Exploring the Environment legacy modules include four variations on problem-based learning—activities, basic, comprehensive, and advanced. The award-winning modules have been used by teachers for many years. We continue to offer them because the basic premise behind the module scenarios and tasks continue to attract teacher interest.

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Earth Science Explorer

Scientists are explorers. Earth Science Explorer helps your students become explorers too. The Earth Science Explorer has two floors. The Earth floor presents Earth science fundamentals such as cycles, spheres, and geologic time. The Dinosaur floor examines dinosaur extinction and some of the hypotheses that might explain it. The Teacher's Lounge gives educators an overview of the topics and activities available and how they can use these with young Earth science explorers.

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Discuss on NASATalk

Problem-based learning is designed to stimulate discussion within classes, among teachers, with scientists, and across communities. Please comment on our blog postings and contact if you would like to post a guest blog on the NASATalk Exploring the Environment: Global Climate Change collaborative.

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K-4 Earth Science Modules

The K-4 Earth Science modules are organized into four areas: Biomes; Weather, Seasons, and Climate; Remote Sensing; and Earth System.

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