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Heating Different Earth Materials
In this activity, students will be reminded that when sunlight strikes the Earth's surface, energy is absorbed and the surface material is heated. But although the same amount of sunlight strikes different materials at a given location, they heat up at different rates. Students will use models to demonstrate conduction, convection, and radiation and to gain an understanding about what happens to create our planet's weather, ocean currents, and other types of heat transfer. They will also shine a light on four different kinds of materials to examine their different rates of heating.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lab activity
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Physics
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1999 - 2005 by The Earth to Class, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University in the City of New York, NY. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-793
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Transfer of energy
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Interactions of energy and matter
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Earth2Class: Teacher's Page (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Michael J. Passow
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth to Class

Publisher: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, The Earth to Class
http://www.earth2class.org/