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Thermal Exploration of the Schoolyard

Unit Plan: Urban Heat Island Lesson: 1
9-12Urban Ecosystems
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Driving Question: What determines the temperature of objects around the school?

Summary: The key idea students will be asked to consider/master is “Why is the temperature outside what it is today?” Initially, students will look at global influences—such as the planet’s internal heat, and the cold of space. Through exploration using IR thermometers, students will then develop a basic heat model showing heat in terms of the globe and in terms of the local materials they measured with the IR thermometers.

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