Color cryosphere icon
Just one moment,
loading Cryosphere...

Featured Mini Lessons

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: 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.

Grade Level: 9-12

Students analyze diagrams showing the effects of clouds on Earth’s Radiation and answer the questions that follow. This mini lesson is designed to help students analyze the interaction between clouds and Earth's incoming and outgoing energy. 

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 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.