In this activity, students move chips representing sunlight, heat, and infrared radiation around a series of boards representing Earth and its atmosphere. Students learn how models are constructed and work, and learn about layers of Earth's atmosphere and the greenhouse effect.

Learning Objectives

  • Students can explain how a model works
  • Students can describe the effect of an atmosphere on Earth's surface temperature
  • Students can describe the variation of temperature with altitude in Earth's (lower) atmosphere

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