In this scenario-based, problem-based learning (PBL) activity, students investigate cloud formation, cloud classification, and the role of clouds in heating and cooling the Earth; how to interpret TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) images and data; and the role clouds play in the Earth’s radiant budget and climate. Students assume the role of weather interns in a state climatology office and assist a frustrated student in a homework assignment. Learning is supported by a cloud in a bottle and an ice-albedo demonstration, a three-day cloud monitoring outdoor activity, and student journal assignments. The hands-on activities require two 2-liter soda bottles, an infrared heat lamp, and two thermometers. The resource includes a teacher's guide, questions and answer key, assessment rubric, glossary, and an appendix with information supporting PBL in the classroom.


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    Oceanography,NSDL,Grade 5,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-115,Heat of vaporization,Earth Science,Earth and space science:Earth processes:Climate,Atmospheric science,Earth and space science:Earth structure:Atmosphere,Water cycle,Earth and space science:Earth structure:Ocean and water,Aerosols,Middle School,Elementary School,Latent heat of condensation,Condensation nuclei,TRMM,Upper Elementary,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140407123317382T,Earth system science,Optical depth,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Earth and space science:Earth processes:Weather,Geoscience,Insolation



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