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2. Earth's Energy Balance

Middle School Version 2011

Students will be able to apply the concepts of energy and light to create an input/output model of energy budget for the Earth.

Lesson Guide

2.0.1 Definitions
2.1.1 Guide for Bell Work
2.1.2 Sun-Earth Modeling Activity 
2.1.3 Energy Budget Slides 
2.1.4 Student Action Notes

2.2.0 Sun-Earth Modeling Review Sheet
2.2.1 Energy Budget Slides
2.2.2 Student Action Notes 
2.2.3 Dynamic Balance Activity
2.2.4 Homework Problems
2.2.X  Optional Albedo Activity

Whole Unit PDF

Energy Balance Image with percentages

Optional Video:

another version on Stanford server, not as good quality

Additional Websites:

Climate and Earth's Energy Budget from NASA

The eletromagnetic specturm videos from NASA. You may consider using the infrared video.

Middle School Modifications
from Salina Gray 
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