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This web page is a module for Grades 5-8 on the topic of Earth's atmosphere.  It contains background information for teachers on atmospheric gases and their properties, explains how energy is transferred between the earth's surface and the atmosphere, and discusses the role ocean currents play in transferring heat.  Included are links to seven classroom activities and labs on radiation, conduction, convection, the water cycle, and more.  

NOTE: A few of the labs involve hot liquids and require close teacher supervision.  See Related items on this page for additional resources by the same authors.
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- Geoscience
Thermo & Stat Mech
- First Law
= Heat Transfer
- Middle School
- High School
- Informal Education
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= Laboratory
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conduction, conduction, convection, convection, convection current, energy, experiment, heat, heat transfer, module, radiation, thermal energy
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Metadata instance created October 15, 2008 by Caroline Hall
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Topic: Heat and Temperature
Unit Title: Teaching about Heat and Thermal Energy

A complete module for Grades 5-8 on the topic of Earth's Atmosphere.  It would be a great way to introduce the concept of heat transfer and thermal energy in a cross-curricular format that ties together physical science, geoscience, and the environment.  Included are seven labs with printable student guides.

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(University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, 2001), WWW Document, (http://www.ucar.edu/learn/1_1_1.htm).
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Cycles of the Earth and Atmosphere: Introduction to the Atmosphere, (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, 2001), <http://www.ucar.edu/learn/1_1_1.htm>.
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Cycles of the Earth and Atmosphere: Introduction to the Atmosphere. (2007, October 11). Retrieved October 22, 2014, from University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: http://www.ucar.edu/learn/1_1_1.htm
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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Cycles of the Earth and Atmosphere: Introduction to the Atmosphere. Boulder: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, October 11, 2007. http://www.ucar.edu/learn/1_1_1.htm (accessed 22 October 2014).
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Cycles of the Earth and Atmosphere: Introduction to the Atmosphere. Boulder: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, 2001. 11 Oct. 2007. 22 Oct. 2014 <http://www.ucar.edu/learn/1_1_1.htm>.
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This is a primer on the basics of heat and temperature, written by middle school teachers to help other teachers build an understanding of thermodynamics.

relation by Caroline Hall
Contains Atmospheric Processes: Radiation

One of seven labs developed specifically for use with this unit of instruction for grades 5-8.

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