Kurz Gesagt (illustrator), MinuteEarth
Video length: 3:08Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
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Middle School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 1 Cross Cutting Concept, 1 Science and Engineering Practice
High School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea, 1 Science and Engineering Practice
About Teaching Climate Literacy
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2.6 Greenhouse gases affect energy flow.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- The video moves along quickly and includes terminology with which students may not be familiar; educators may want to show it multiple times and/or pause the video to explore topics in more depth.
- Have some physical models of molecules on hand to show students if possible.
About the Science
- A concise explanation of how the molecular structure of gases in our atmosphere determines their ability to absorb and re-radiate infrared energy.
Comments from expert scientist:
- Excellent, clear and concise description of molecular absorption of infrared radiation
- Difference between the moons's lunar extreme temperatures and earth's more temperate climate
- Introduction of molecular rotation and vibration
- Difference between oxygen and nitrogen and greenhouse gases
- radiation pinball is a GREAT metaphor for the greenhouse effect!
- I did have to watch twice because there is a lot of information presented rather quickly
About the Pedagogy
- Uses attractive cartoon graphics, and easy to understand models, to describe molecular motion and the absorption of infrared.
- Covers a single topic (molecular motion) and does not go into the fact that CO2 is increasing in the atmosphere leading to an increase of global temperature.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2
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.
MS-PS4.B1:When light shines on an object, it is reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through the object, depending on the object’s material and the frequency (color) of the light.
Cross Cutting Concepts: 1
MS-C2.2:Cause and effect relationships may be used to predict phenomena in natural or designed systems.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1
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.