Why Are Cities and Other Regions of the World Getting Hotter?

Why Are Cities and Other Regions of the World Getting Hotter?

This lesson explores how albedo is a contributing factor to why the temperature in some places like cities are increasing at a faster rate; albedo is not the only factor.

Context for Use

This is the third lesson in the Climate Resiliency Education HS Climate Unit. 

A satellite image of the state of Colorado.

Description

  1. (5 minutes) Do Now: Reorient the students to the storyline.
  2. (10 minutes) Data and observations: Explore satellite data (i.e., Google Earth).
  3. (5 minutes) Sharing Initial Ideas Discussion: Generate ideas for this lesson.
  4. (15 minutes) Design: Design a procedure for the investigation.
  5. (10 minutes) Discuss: Share and discuss.
  6. (30 minutes) Conduct: Complete the investigation about surface heating using one of the two provided investigation prompts
  7. (10 minutes) Text: Read the Albedo Reading Guide.
  8. Homework: Complete last activity on student activity sheet.
  9. Start of next lesson: Building Understanding Discussion: Debrief on the homework activity.

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