Hands-On Investigations from the
Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP)
and the Little Shop of Physics

Activities for Teaching Climate and Climate Change

Materials for Teacher Workshops
The latest and greatest versions of all of our activities.

Making a cloud in a bottle

The documents below instructions and information for performing hands-on investigations in your classroom. Please download and use them, but do give credit to CMMAP and the Little Shop of Physics.
The activities are titled with an intriguing question. This is followed by some introduction, some theory, a parts list, and a suggestion for activities to do with your class.
Please e-mail us with your comments and suggestions.

Radiation Physics

How Does Color Affect Cooling?
Can You “See” Thermal Radiation?
Why Does it Get Colder on Clear Nights than Cloudy?


How Does the Earth Stay Warm?
What is a Model?
What is the Difference Between Weather and Climate? (Part I)

Feedback, Chaos & the Coriolis Effect

What is the Difference Between Weather and Climate? (Part II)

Mitigation and Adaptation

Different Light Bulbs, Different Efficiencies

Updated 18 Nov 2011