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If you're looking into getting started with a high school unit on the science of climate change, and you want that start to be student-centered and inquiry-based, this is your resource! This resource is an energy budget experimental inquiry lab designed for open-ended experimentation on the concept of the energy budget as it relates to climate.
Students will investigate the global energy budget - the flow of solar energy through the Earth's systems - and how factors associated with the energy budget impact shifts in the climate. They will do this through student-led experimentation. Students will make observations about the distribution of solar energy, drawing on experience and analysis of an energy budget graphic.
Students will about the energy budget, to test their questions, analyze their results, and draw conclusions based on results and additional research. Students will direct the inquiry experience, which you will facilitate. Modification options for beginner inquiry-based learners are included in the teacher guide of the resource.
Student-led open inquiry, in theory, is appropriate for all skill levels because it is personalized. Students ask their own questions and design their own investigations. With that said, having some experience with experimental design is helpful because the resource does not include experimental design instructions such as how to ask a testable question, collect data, and analyze results. If you are looking for an introduction to experimental design resource, click on the link.
Teachers will need to provide various materials for experiments. All materials included in this resource are suggestions. You will need a source of energy, ideally the sun. I highly recommend doing this activity outdoors on a sunny, dry day. Prep includes gathering and setting up lab materials and printing and distributing copies of templates included in the resource.
NGSS: ESS2-4. - Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of the Earth’s systems results in changes in climate.
This energy budget experimental design resource includes a printable PDF and digital Google Slides option. Neither are editable at this time.
This product includes:
- Teacher guide - background information on the solar energy budget as it relates to climate, an implementation guide, and an introduction/group discussion guide
- Experimental design templates
- Reflection guide
- Experimental inquiry rubric
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