Visualizations for Educators

  • Released Wednesday, August 17th, 2022
  • Updated Friday, August 26th, 2022 at 12:00AM


Phenomena are observable events that occur in nature. Data visualizations can offer new ways for students to experience and explore Earth and space phenomena that happen over large scales of time and at great distances. This gallery includes visualizations of phenomena that support topics that are taught in middle and high school and are aligned with select Next Generation Science Standards.

This gallery was curated by Anne Arundle County Science Teachers Margaret Graham and Jeremy Milligan with support from Dr. Rachel Connolly during the summer of 2022. A video showing how Jeremy Milligan uses SVS resources to develop a phenomena-based lesson is also available.

ESS1.A The Universe and its Stars

The Earth’s Place in the Universe collection contains visuals that support phenomena based learning with a focus on the NGSS standards. The middle school standards focus on patterns of motion including rotation, seasons, eclipses, moon phases, orbits of planets, and the motions of galaxies. At the high school level topics include the life cycle of the Sun, Big Bang theory, and orbital motion.

ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System

Earth and the Solar System (ESS1.B)

ESS1.B: Weather and Climate

The Earth’s Systems collection contains visuals showing weather and climate. These standards also focus on systems like the hydrologic cycle, ocean currents, glacial ice melt, and the carbon cycle.

Weather and Climate(ESS1.B)

HESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

The Earth and Human Activity collection focuses on how humans interact with and change the Earth. These standards include global climate change, environmental hazards and mitigation strategies, and the effects of population increases on natural resources.

HESS3.D: Human Impacts on Earth Systems