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Clouds, Models, and Climate Change

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Overview:
How do clouds form? How are clouds affected by (and how do they affect) climate change? Students create a cloud in the classroom, and then investigate climate models and real-time cloud observation data.

Author/Source:
MIT Climate Portal

Grade:
9-12

Discipline:
Earth science

Time:
up to 2 hours

Teaching tips:
The podcast portion can be assigned as outside-of-class listening.

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Because it has been tested, scientific knowledge is reliable. (NOS3)

  • Scientists can test ideas about events and processes long past, very distant, and not directly observable.

  • Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence. (P6, NOS2)

  • Scientists use multiple research methods (experiments, observational research, comparative research, and modeling) to collect data. (P2, P3, P4, NOS1)

  • Scientists look for patterns in their observations and data. (P4, P5, NOS2)

  • Scientific knowledge informs public policies and regulations that promote our health, safety, and environmental stewardship.

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