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Meteorology learners explore the weight of air, layers of the atmosphere, and air pressure action through a series of discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on group activities. Enough discussion prompts, background information, student handouts, and internet resources are provided to build a complete atmosphere mini-unit.
Another A+ physics presentation, this one on gases, is brought to you by the Nevada Joint Union High School District. Cohesive, compact, and even cute, this collection of slides leads viewers through an exploration of the properties and behavior of gases, atmospheric pressure, the use of Boyle's law and Bernoulli's principle, and ends with a brief introduction to plasma. The slides serve as a supportive visual aid to your lecture on gases.
Using a detailed worksheet, advanced earth science learners examine radiation data and graphs. They compare the solar energy reaching different latitudes and the effects of the atmosphere on insolation. The exercises are comprehensive. The graphs and diagrams on the worksheets are a little lighter than the typed font, so you might have to explain if they are hard to read. Otherwise, this is a terrific resource for challenging your high schoolers.
Earth science super stars visit the National Earth Science Teachers Association's interactive website to glean information on the layers of the atmosphere. Data tables are provided for them to record what is collected. This assignment gives your middle or high schoolers practice interpreting graphs and following instructions. The result is new knowledge of the characteristics of each atmospheric layer.
After diagramming the layers of the atmosphere and compare them your students develop questions about the weather. Your class explore what makes up the air, research websites, and create a model to show 'Atmospheric Absorption.' Students complete two experiments and a crossword puzzle.
In this atmospheric carbon dioxide worksheet, students use two diagrams to solve 6 problems about atmospheric carbon dioxide. One diagram shows the Keeling Curve and the other shows sources of carbon and the natural and anthropogenic flux. Students find sources and sinks of carbon dioxide, they write a differential equation describing the change in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and they use the Keeling Curve to compare it to their equation for the rate of change.
Students explore and analyze atmospheric conditions for a high mountain retreat. They examine the relationship between altitude, atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity at a particular location. In addition, they write reports detailing their scientific conclusions.
In this atmosphere of Pluto activity, students use an equation for the orbit of Pluto to determine the semi-major axis, the semi-minor axis, the ellipticity of the orbit, the aphelion and the perihelion. They also determine the predicted temperature of Pluto at perihelion and aphelion and the changes in the atmosphere between these two points.
Eighth graders navigate the Internet to view animations of the water cycle. In this atmosphere lesson, 8th graders listen to " To the Mountain and Back" and draw and label pictures of the water cycle. Students select a weather condition and complete an online worksheet. Students recognize the difference between climate and weather.
Wrapping a towel around an object is a great way to compare the atmosphere as the Earth's blanket. After discussing the atmosphere, young scientists will watch a video, write in their journals, and answer questions for a quick assessment. Note: The video resource is not included in this lesson plan. However, you can substitute it for an available video found on the Internet.