Susan Borland, Kathy East, Teressa Black, Kathie Klein, Bruce Howard, Challenger Learning Centers
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2 50-minute class periodsLearn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
About Teaching Climate Literacy
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4.3 Fossil and bio fuels contain energy captured from sunlight.
2.3 Earth's climate driven by the Sun.
2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow .
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- This activity is part 1 of three activities.
- Educator should familiarize her/himself with the NEO site before using with students.
- Take students through the NEO site before you begin.
- Make sure each computer can utilize Google Earth.
- Consider reversing the order of activities so that students use the Google Earth and NEO data sets before reading the article.
- Article needs to be unpacked with discussion supplementary visuals etc. Or, instead of the condensed article, use the original ones that are included in the teacher's instructions, which have visualizations that help explain the content.
About the Science
- Students use the NASA Earth Observations (NEO) website to download datasets and use Google Earth to open and view them. Students conduct data analysis by summarizing apparent relationships between variables such as Aerosol Optical Thickness and Water Vapor.
- Comments from expert scientist: The resources they use (mainly from NASA) and the use of Google Earth is great, and will no doubt grab the students attention. It also shows students how to access good data, view it, and encourages them to explore.
About the Pedagogy
- Strong set of teacher materials provided.
- The reading is quite dense and includes a lot of complex information that could be potentially confusing to student readers - careful guidance of the students through the text may be necessary.
- This activity will take several days or class periods to complete.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Students may have trouble accessing NEO data and/or following the directions that follow. Careful guidance of students through the activity is needed.
- Screenshots used in the technology instructions could be larger for easier viewing.