Observing Visibility and Sky Color

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What does a beautiful sunset have to do with the atmosphere? An inquiry-based lesson has learners make observations about the visibility and color of the sky during different time periods. They then relate their observations to atmospheric aerosols.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Repeat the observations during different seasons and compare results
  • Partner with schools in different areas, rural, urban, and suburban, to compare observations
Classroom Considerations
  • Activity ideally spans several days and different time periods throughout the day
  • Modifications help meet different grade level objectives
  • Includes a student handout to record observations and reflect on the data
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