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Gallery Walk Questions on Earth's Radiation Balance

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created by Mark Francek, Central Michigan University

The following are potential questions that could be used in a gallery walk activity about the Earth's Radiation Balance. The questions are organized according to the cognitive level at which students are engaged, using Bloom's Taxonomy.


The higher an object's temperature, the ________ the wavelength of the radiation it emits.


Draw a diagram illustrating the most important part of the earth's radiation balance.


Using examples other than those mentioned in class, show how you daily experience conduction, convection, latent heat, radiation, and advection.


What evidence can you find that there are energy exchanges between the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere?


Write a minimum four verse poem to show that you have an understanding of the electromagnetic spectrum.


1. Choose a movie other than Predator or Titanic. Do you agree with the way heat or energy are portrayed? Justify your answer.

2. Consider these two environments: Antarctic ice sheet and Atlanta, Georgia. Debate the importance of these variables a) incoming solar radiation b) scattering, refraction, c) albedo (reflectivity), d) conduction, e) convection and advection for each site.

Visit the introduction to Gallery Walks for more information about using Gallery Walks in your classes.

Learn more about creating questions for Gallery Walk using Bloom's Taxonomy

To see a more fully fleshed out example of a Gallery Walk activity, check out either Weather Map Interpretation or Soil Morphology.