Earth's Energy Budget and Greenhouse Effect

Beakers and Ink
Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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Teaching Earth's Energy Budget doesn't have to be difficult! ? This complete lesson has everything you need to teach the global energy budget, including incoming solar radiation, infrared and UV light, and the greenhouse effect.

NOW INCLUDES DIGITAL for easy distance learning!

The presentation includes animation and teacher notes to help easily explain the energy budget. It includes differentiated notes and a mini greenhouse effect lab to effectively teach this difficult concept as well as word wall vocabulary cards.

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What is included in this project:

  • Comprehensive presentation with animations
  • Differentiated notes (completed, cloze, blank)
  • Greenhouse Effect Mini Lab, which could be used as a demonstration
  • 5 Vocabulary cards for your word wall (black and white included for easy printing)


1. Explain 3 types of solar energy (visible, ultraviolet and infrared light) in the

electromagnetic spectrum

2. Describe how Earth maintains its energy budget and why it is important

3. Observe the greenhouse effect and explain why it is important to Earth

Why purchase this product?

  • Includes differentiated notes
  • No prep, just print and go, which saves you time!
  • Engaging for students
  • Tested in my classroom
  • Aligned to standard and includes everything you need to teach the standard thoroughly
  • Teacher notes embedded in the presentation to help you explain the concept

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30 slides + 12 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process. Emphasis is on the processes of melting, crystallization, weathering, deformation, and sedimentation, which act together to form minerals and rocks through the cycling of Earth’s materials. Assessment does not include the identification and naming of minerals.
Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates. Emphasis is on how patterns vary by latitude, altitude, and geographic land distribution. Emphasis of atmospheric circulation is on the sunlight-driven latitudinal banding, the Coriolis effect, and resulting prevailing winds; emphasis of ocean circulation is on the transfer of heat by the global ocean convection cycle, which is constrained by the Coriolis effect and the outlines of continents. Examples of models can be diagrams, maps and globes, or digital representations. Assessment does not include the dynamics of the Coriolis effect.


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