Energy Balance and Atmosphere

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8
Organization:Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Summary:Earth's temperature is set, in part, by a balance between incoming radiation energy from the Sun and outgoing radiation energy into space. If more energy comes in than leaves, Earth's temperature will rise, and vice versa. The atmosphere plays a big role in this balance. In this activity, you will use a computer model to explore the effect of the atmosphere on the energy balance between incoming and outgoing radiation on Earth.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A; ESS2.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS2-1; MS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS2-6
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: atmosphere; atmospheric science; climate; climate change; earth; energy; model; sun
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