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Featured Mini Lesson

Grade Level: 3-5

Students watch a video introducing the concept of albedo and answer questions.

Grade Level: 9-12

Students explore albedo, sea ice, and the relationship between changing albedo and changing sea ice using data visualizations. 

Grade Level: 9-12

Students connect day/night and seasonal cycles with albedo in the Arctic region. 

Grade Level: 6-8

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, 9-12

The radar measurements made by NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory are sensitive to whether land surfaces are frozen or thawed. Students analyze two maps of SMAP data to make inferences about changes to the Arctic's Geosphere showing spring thaw.

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Learn about the different cloud types and their names. Match cloud photos and names by cloud type and for all types. Evaluate the types of clouds represented in various data displays.