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Students extend their understanding of convection to consider global winds and the effect of the earth's rotation on the creation of patterns of prevailing wind direction.
Students recognize that global winds move in specific directions in specific latitudes and describe that in a written form. They relate the motion of the wind belts to historical navigation.
In this global wind patterns worksheet, students take notes on the wind patters in the southern and northern hemispheres. They indicate the latitude the winds occur at, the pressure, the characteristics and the direction the wind moves. They also label the winds on a diagram of the earth with the latitudes.
Students discuss how the horizontal transport of heat from equatorial regions polewards drives global wind systems.
Learners examine the different types of wind patterns. Using common materials, they construct weather vanes to measure and record wind direction over a two-week period. After analyzing the data, they draw conclusions about the prvailing winds in their region.

New Review The Atmosphere

Here is a suitable set of slides to use when teaching about the layers of the atmosphere, climate, global winds, and types of clouds. These slides will support a few different lectures. You will probably want to replace the diagrams with sharper images, but why start from scratch when you have a well-organized format and straightforward content to start with?

New Review Climate Patterns

Young climatologists explore the factors that contribute to a region's climate in this two-part earth science activity. To begin, learners are provided with a map of an imaginary planet and are asked to label global wind and ocean currents before using precipitation and evapotranspiration data to identify different types of climates.
Young scholars explore the climate and food sources of Ghana.  In this lesson plan on climate students view diagrams of global convection and complete a convection experiment.
It is so important for impending high school graduates to start thinking about their potential careers. Here, they discuss the persistence of Blondie Hasler and his impressive transatlantic trip. They follow various routes on a map and research a professional they admire. A lesson intended to spark the notion of life after high school.
Students examine how global wind and water patterns aid in the spread of worldwide pollution. In groups, they read articles about the domino effect of pollution and create posters displaying its journey. On blank world maps, students trace the distribution pattern of the pollution mentioned in their article.
Ninth graders perform research in the subject of weather to answer several key questions to increase comprehension of concepts. Students use weather prediction as an application for the research.
In this continent worksheet, students design their own continent and include latitudes, mountain ranged, river, wind patterns, and temperature highs and lows. They also include a variety of cities in specified locations.
Blow your class away with a gust of humor as they watch this video about air pressure and wind. Along the way, they find that the density of air (as determined by temperature, altitude, and water vapor content) leads to air pressure differences. The differences in air pressure drive convection currents, which can be felt as wind. The stars of the film also identify the different global winds and the Coriolis effect. You will appreciate the approach and the content of this video, as well as the supporting resources that come with it.
After reading about how wind turbines work to collect clean energy, groups brainstorm and design their own windmill. Within the provided financial and physical constraints, groups must build a working windmill using only the materials provided. When finished, the windmills are tested to see if they hold up to the standards, then each young engineer answers some reflection questions.
"If global warming is real, why is it so cold?" Distinguishing the difference between weather and climate is important when it comes to understanding our planet. In these activities, young scientists look at the climate patterns in a variety of locations, graph the data, and examine the geographical features such as mountains or oceans that affect a given location's climate. 
A succinct set of slides covers the main points for your weather unit. From the factors that contribute to conditions, to fronts and extreme occurrences, to the different types of clouds, numerous facts are listed in bullets. The only issue is that many of the images need to be replaced with crisper versions. Otherwise, your class will become weather wise with this PowerPoint!
Your introductory lesson to oceanography can be outlined with this apropos presentation. It touches on the physical features of the ocean floor, waves, tides, and currents. One small issue is that some of the graphics are not of the clearest quality; you may want to take the time to update them.
Upper graders and middle schoolers make up a scenario of planning outdoor concert locations for their favorite musical group. They do this by looking into the weather patterns in a variety of tropical regions. They research where and when severe weather happens in these regions, and work together to come up with a proposed itinerary for their band that should keep them "dry" during their performances. A great teaching idea, and a wonderful lesson plan!
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.
Introduce your young meteorologists to black carbon produced by the burning of fossil fuels by showing the video, "Changing Planet: Black Carbon." Viewers discover that deposition of this carbon on polar ice impacts the absorption of sunlight and increases heat in the atmosphere. Learners then simulate this phenomenon in a lab activity comparing the heat produced on paper samples containing increasing amounts of black dots. This is a timely and telling investigation to include in your earth science curriculum.

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