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About Teaching Climate Literacy
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2.2 Sources of energy on Earth.
2.3 Earth's climate driven by the Sun.
2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
2.7 Effects of changes in Earth's energy system .
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- Middle Level: show in class to introduce concepts, then follow on with more in-depth discussion/exercises.
- High School: have students view as part of a homework assignment.
About the Science
- This video focuses on NASA observations of solar variability, Earth's changing albedo, rising levels of greenhouse gas concentrations, and impacts on sea level, especially the Arctic.
- Video integrates satellite imagery of polar ice, global temperatures, cloud cover, and solar activity. It uses computer animations to demonstrate the relationships between solar activity, albedo and global temperatures.
- Comments from expert scientist: Clear and concise synopsis of factors that affect the Earth's temperature based on the state-of-the-science. Emphasizes uncertainty in models, but uses climate models to describe predictions of changes in Earth's temperature.
About the Pedagogy
- Students watch the video to learn about the sun's energy output, albedo, greenhouse gases, and global temperatures.
- No teacher support materials are provided and no further activities are recommended.
- No prerequisite knowledge needed, although this can help summarize a variety of global change science concepts.
- It will be up to the teacher to assist diverse learners and to engage students in the content.
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