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Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea, 2 Cross Cutting Concepts
High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 1 Cross Cutting Concept
About Teaching Climate Literacy
Other materials addressing 2d
7.3 Environmental quality.
2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
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- Educators will need to scaffold this animation to ensure that the information presented is well understood by learners.
- When teaching about the greenhouse effect, using the term "heat," as this animation does, may confuse students, especially if they think of heat as a verb. The more accurate technical term "outgoing long wave IR radiation" may prove more difficult to convey, but ultimately is a clearer depiction of Earth's energy balance.
About the Science
- The animation is an accurate general overview of Earth's energy balance, but educators should recognize some of the sun/Earth dynamics have been oversimplified.
- For example, the atmosphere does filter out some short wave energy from the sun, such as extreme ultraviolet and X-rays.
- In general, the animation provides a good overview of the incoming shortwave radiation from the sun, and Earth radiating long wave Infrared Radiation (IR) once it has been warmed by the short wave visible and IR.
- Comment from expert scientist: Animation is a clear illustration of the physical process, but should only be used at an entry level.
About the Pedagogy
- This can be used with other CLEAN selected activities relating to Earth's energy balance: http://cleanet.org/clean/educational_resources/index.html?search_text=earth+energy+balance+greenhouse+effect&Search=search
- Due to the animation, the visualization may communicate the step-by-step process of the greenhouse effect better than static visualizations.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Animation supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1
MS-ESS2.D1:Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2
HS-ESS2.D1:The foundation for Earth’s global climate systems is the electromagnetic radiation from the sun, as well as its reflection, absorption, storage, and redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and land systems, and this energy’s re-radiation into space.
HS-ESS2.D3:Changes in the atmosphere due to human activity have increased carbon dioxide concentrations and thus affect climate.