List of all Atmosphere Mini Lessons

all grade icon
elementary grade icon
middle grade icon
high grade icon
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Students will analyze a pie chart (circle graph) showing the distribution of different parts of the Earth system's absorption and reflection of energy. 

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Students will analyze a graph showing the amounts of peak energy received at local noon each day over the year changes with different latitudes. 

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Students watch a video and answer questions on Dr. Patrick Taylor (Atmospheric Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center) as he discusses the study of clouds and Earth's energy budget by analyzing data from Low Earth Orbit satellites. 

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Students watch a NOVA PBS video about the different effects of clouds on climate and Earth's energy budget. Then they answer questions and brainstorm to complete a flow chart of events that might occur if the percentage of absorbing clouds increases.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere is affected by many processes including fires, deforestation, and plant respiration. Students will evaluate a Landsat image to determine the rate of carbon dioxide sequestration in a particular area.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Students compare climographs for two locations to determine the most likely months to expect the emergence of mosquitoes in each location.

Grade Level: 9-12

Students review a video showing a global view of the top-of-atmosphere shortwave radiation from January 26 and 27, 2012 and answer the questions that follow.

Grade Level: 6-8

Students watch a video explaining albedo and its impact on Earth. The video shows visualizations of albedo across Earth and how it can change. Students will interpret the images in the video and answer questions about albedo.

Mini lessons are intended to be short engagement activities that teachers may assign as bell-ringers, exit slips, or parts of larger learning lessons. These include activities where students interact with NASA maps, graphs, and datasets from the atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere and the earth system.