Weather, the Sun, and How Our Atmosphere is Heated: The Basis of Radiation Heating From Our Sun. The Driving Force As to How Our Atmosphere Works.
Known as the BLACK CAN, SILVER CAN Lab. A MUST HAVE IN ANY EARTH SCIENCE CLASSROOM! Incorporates mathematics, graph reading, instrumentation use, data collection, data analysis, applications, and scientific conclusions.
No materials, NO PROBLEM!
THIS LAB CAN BE DONE WITH THE NECESSARY MATERIALS OR THE GIVEN INFORMATION THAT SIMULATES THE LAB!!!
The weather on Earth is unique because our atmosphere is unique. Other planets have weather but ours is special because of the Sun’s heat and how different regions are heated in different ways.
Students begin by differentiating between radiation, conduction, and convection. This matching activity involves terminology, definition, and representative image.
In 2 lab scenarios students assign the formal names of the lab materials AND what they represent on Earth.
Using thermometer data from both a black can and silver can, students circle the correct answer when given temperature data at the 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20 minute marks.
After data collection, students can either complete their own graph if they collect their own data or simply use the data provided.
After graphing students complete a series of conclusion questions about the 2 lab scenarios and their connections to Earth and how the atmosphere is heated.
This works well for any level but is GREAT for special education students or college prep learners that need an alternative assessment and may not be great at traditional labs.
Also, perfect for homeschooling!
WIDE RANGE OF ABILITY LEVELS! The application to a diverse body of learners, whether it be age or ability level, is predicated on the fact that the instructor determines the difficulty level of the whole activity or part of the activity based on what information is given and what information is not as well as how verbal questions are presented to the student(s).
This is a thorough and DYNAMIC activity that covers a ton of information about atmospheric heating. This has been used as a pre-class, lab/activity, study guide, review, and assessment. This is an effective teaching tool one on one, in small groups, and as a class when using a Smart Board/Promethean Board/Projection.
A guaranteed hit all around!
A great addition to your meteorology/physical science teaching library.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 5th – 10th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
This work has also been shared at workshops, in-services, and conferences.
Great feedback from parents, teachers, and administrators.
Applicable to many state science assessments and benchmarks.
Has been applied to state mandated North Carolina end of year tests for science in grades 5 and 8.
Even used by teachers in New York State as a preparation for the Earth Science Grade 9 Regents Exam.
Answer key provided.
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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence/educational resource center*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”