This lesson integrates a series of activities to introduce changes in water, ice and soil as well as understanding how they reflect climate.
• Explore our changing polar ice caps.
• Explore satellite data and how it relates to climate and how we know what we know.
• Introduce the concept that sometimes there is no one "right" answer to a question or measurement.
• Learn how to measure time.
• Understand the accuracy of a measurement.
Professional Development Training Modules for This Lesson
Lesson Activities and Sequence
How Does Earth's Energy Budget Relate to Polar Ice?
Uses satellite data to understand how the net flux of the radiation budget relates to the amount of ice present in the Northern Hemisphere.
Keywords: energy budget, radiation, climate, ice, temperatures, polar regions, MY NASA DATA
- GLOBE Soil Learning Activities: Soil Temperature
Introduces students to the importance of soil, why it needs to be studied and how it is affected by climate.
Keywords: soil, temperatures, globe, thermometers, climate
- What Is the Right Answer?
Introduces the concept that sometimes there is no one "right" answer to a question or measurement.
Keywords: problem solving, scientific method, time, GPS, accuracy, precision, predicting
- Surface Color and Effect on Temperature Change
Students will investigate how surface color affects temperature change.
Keywords: color, temperature, climate, solar radiation, heating
National Science Education Standards, NSTA
Earth and Space Science
• Structure of the Earth system.
• Earth's history.
• Earth in the solar system.
Science and Technology
• Abilities of technological design.
• Understanding science and technology.
Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
• Populations, resources and environments.
• Natural hazards.
• Risks and benefits.