Earth Artistically Balanced

Students first learn about the complexities of Earth's climate system and the different factors contributing to Earth's energy balance. Then, students categorize the factors that influence climate as warming or cooling factors. Finally, students design art pieces to depict the science behind Earth's climate system and share these artistic creations with families and communities.

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Lunar and Planetary Institute
Universities Space Research Association

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

It is suggested to have a climate scientist involved in the activity.
Given the complexity of the concepts involved (eg. climate systems, energy balance), it would be important to attend to students' misunderstandings and misrepresentations throughout the design process.

The resources linked at the beginning of the activity are helpful for providing foundational understandings.

Time is needed before the activity to gather art supplies and other materials.

Teachers might want to consider referencing the [link https://cleanet.org/clean/literacy/tools.html 'CLEAN elementary support guides'].