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Conduct this EO Kids mini-lesson with your students to explore the phenomenon of Urban Heat Island Effect.

Why do you think grass feels cooler than pavement? And how are materials in a city different from those you find in rural and wild areas? The answer is that the materials in our neighborhoods retain, absorb, and radiate heat differently.


In this lesson, Observing Earth’s Seasonal Changes, students observe patterns of average snow and ice amounts as they change from one month to another, as well as connect the concepts of the tilt and orbit of the Earth (causing the changing of seasons) with monthly snow/ice data from January 2008



Students analyze map visualizations representing the amount of Sun’s energy received on the Earth as indicated by the amount that is reflected back to space, known as “albedo”.


To investigate the different rates of heating and cooling of certain materials on earth in order to understand the heating dynamics that take place in the Earth’s atmosphere.




Scientifically-Interesting Story of Urban Heat Island

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Are you looking for a storyline to use with your students that features NASA data?  Consider using the following resources in your classroom today!

Use these resources with your students to show how humans can impact the temperature of Earth’s surface through changing land cover. This storyline evidences the Urban Heat Islands created near the Great Lakes region by analyzing surface temperatures.

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Are you looking for a storyline to use with your students that features NASA data?  Consider using the following resources in your classroom today!

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