Urban Heat Island

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Link to Resource: https://authoring.concord.org/activities/1096/single_page/557023a7-3be2-4158-bd1b-119e34abac32
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8
Language:English
Organization:Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI)
Summary:Heat islands result when people alter their surroundings, substituting man-made asphalt roads, tar roofs, and other features for vegetation. Trees and other plants provide shade and cool the air through evapotranspiration. Hard, dark surfaces like pavement store heat during the day. That heat is then released at night, keeping cities warmer longer than surrounding areas with a lot of vegetation. In this activity, you will relate changes in sunlight to the air temperature above the surface that you are testing.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.C; ESS3.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS3-3; MS-ESS3-4; MS-ESS3-5
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering); Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Stability and change
Subjects: atmosphere; climate change; energy
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