Climate, weather, solar radiation, energy
Problem solving, Inquiry
• Develop a scientific view that our environment is a system of human and natural processes resulting in change.
• Design an experiment to test and answer a specific question.
• Differentiate between independent and dependent variable.
• Explain the relationship among temperature, energy inputs and surface features.
• Describe the strengths and limitations of physical models.
Time to Complete the Activity:
Two to three 45 minute classes
Items per team:
- 2 small plastic containers.
- 2 light sources (150-watt bulbs).
- 2 digital thermometers.
- Various colors of aquarium gravel.
- Various colors of modeling clay.
- Rolls of cotton.
- Transparency sheets.
- Rolls of clear plastic wrap.
- Bag of aquarium moss.
- Web browser.
- Courseware loaded into your Web browser
National Content Standards:
- 21st Century Skill: Reason Effectively
- 21st Century Outcome: Learning and Innovation Skills
- 21st Century Element: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Earth and Space Science: Earth in the Solar System
- Physical Science: Transfer of Energy
- Math Standard #1: Problem Solving
- Apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to solve problems.
- Math Standard #2: Measurement
- Apply appropriate techniques, tools and formulas to determine measurements.
- Math Standard #3: Problem Solving
- Build new mathematical knowledge through problem solving.
- Math Standard #4: Communication
- Communicate mathematical thinking coherently and clearly to peers, teachers and others.
- Math Standard #5: Data Analysis and Probability
- Develop and evaluate inferences and predictions that are based on data.
- Math Standard #6: Data Analysis and Probability
- Formulate questions that can be addressed with data, and collect, organize and display relevant data to answer them.
- Math Standard #7: Connections
- Understand how mathematical ideas interconnect and build on one another to produce a coherent whole.
- Math Standard #8: Algebra
- Use mathematical models to represent and understand quantitative relationships.
- Technology Standard #1: Abilities for a Technological World
- Develop the abilities to apply the design process.