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Earth's Energy Budget Lesson Plan list

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Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

A kinesthetic activity that challenges students to participate in a model that describes the fate of solar energy as it enters the Earth system.  A good initial lesson for Earth’s energy budget, students unravel the benefits and limitations of their model.

Grade Level: 9-12

Students move through a series of short activities to explore and evaluate global solar radiation data from NASA satellites.  In this process, students make qualitative and quantitative observations about seasonal variations in net energy input to the Earth System.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Students consider the impact of changing conditions on the remote island of Little Diomede, Alaska after they investigate the relationship between seasonal trends in sea ice extent with shortwave and longwave radiation flux described in Earth’s energy budget.

Grade Level: 6-8

Students will explore existing CO2 levels at their given location or city. By using Earth System Data Explorer, the teacher will create an animation and line graph of CO2 levels at their location.