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Climate Variation Kit

Item # 331158 Online Only This product is not available in our print catalog. Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply. With Digital This kit includes 1-year access to digital resources including videos, digital teacher’s manuals, printable student guides, interactive lessons, editable assessment questions, and more.

Product Highlights

  • Describe the major processes that lead to Earth’s climate variation.
  • In addition to earth science, these materials can be used in a high school chemistry course.
  • High school laboratory investigation with enough materials for 8 lab groups.
  • Carolina Kits 3D®—Labs that use phenomena to support NGSS and 3-dimensional instruction.



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Describe the major processes that lead to Earth’s climate variation. In this series of 4 investigations, students explore the mechanisms that produce the patterns seen on a Köppen-Geiger climate map. They model how the tilt of Earth impacts light intensity, how different surfaces store and transmit solar energy, convection currents, and the Coriolis effect.

Curriculum Connection
While designed for a stand-alone earth science course, this series of activities could be incorporated into a high school chemistry course during a unit on types of energy and energy transfer.

Time Requirement
Teacher prep, 135 minutes. Completing the activities, approximately 2 weeks (300 minutes).

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Performance Expectations
HS-ESS2-4. Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.

Crosscutting Concepts

Disciplinary Core Ideas
ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

Science and Engineering Practices
Constructing Explanations

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Students should be familiar with features of a globe, such as hemispheres and lines of latitude and longitude, the difference between Earth’s rotation and revolution, an understanding of how light can be absorbed or reflected by matter, and the use of a protractor.

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Product Families Featuring This Item:

Components Qty Included?
Köppen-Geiger Map 8 Included
Wooden Skewer 2 Included
Hex Nut 2 Included
Plastic Vial 4 Included
Convection Fluid, 32 oz 1 Included
Food Coloring, Set of 4 1 Included
Sand, 1/2 Cup 1 Included
Metal Fastener 100 Included
Plastic Lid 4 Included
Plastic Cup, 9 oz 10 Included
Protractor 4 Included
Masking Tape, Roll 1 Included
Pipet 8 Included
Styrene Sphere, 6" 2 Included
Thermometer 4 Included
Glass Vial 2 Included
Petri Dish, 100 x 20 mm 4 Included
Brads (brass fasteners) 1 Included
String 1 Included
Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription) 1 Included
Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Clamp Light 4 Needed, Not Included
Incandescent Bulb 4 Needed, Not Included
Extensions Cords (as needed) Needed, Not Included
Index Cards 8 Needed, Not Included
Light Meter (e.g., smartphone with app) 2 Needed, Not Included
Stopwatch (or other timing device) 2 Needed, Not Included
Hot Plate 2 Needed, Not Included
White Paper, Sheets 10 Needed, Not Included
Scissors 4 Needed, Not Included
Tongs or Heat-Resistant Gloves 2 Needed, Not Included
Transparent Tape, Roll 1 Needed, Not Included
Black Construction Paper, Sheets 2 Needed, Not Included
Graph Paper, Sheets 8 Needed, Not Included
Paper Towels Needed, Not Included
Screwdriver Needed, Not Included
Water Needed, Not Included
Colored Pencils Needed, Not Included
Duct Tape (optional) Needed, Not Included