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CCRI Unit Plan: Earth's Energy Budget

Posted on August 27, 2018 - 9:01 PM CDT

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One of our CCRI teachers Nicole Dulaney recently created a unit plan (9-12) that passed SMD product review and is available for national distribution. Please distribute to your relevant teacher networks. All questions and feedback are welcome.
Earth’s Energy Budget is a unit plan designed for high school students grades 9 – 12 with access to computers, NASA GISS Panoply software, and RStudio. This unit takes approximately three weeks to complete. The goal of this unit is for the students to learn about each component of Earth’s energy budget formula and how the contribution of each component changes with respect to the location on Earth and the time of the year. The students will be introduced to the following energy budget components: incoming solar radiation, outgoing longwave radiation, outgoing shortwave radiation, and net energy. Each lesson will challenge the students to connect the content to climate change, as the students will be asked to estimate how various components of the energy budget will be impacted due to the changing climate.  
Teachers can download the unit plan at:

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