Precipitation Teacher Resources

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Polar ice samples provide scientists with valuable information about the condition of the atmosphere for hundreds of thousands of years in the past. Of particular interest is the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and its relationship to global warming. In this case study, learners graph real data from actual ice cores and compare it to temperature changes. One of the videos mentioned does not seem to be available, but this does not diminish the value of the lesson.
A slide show serves as the backdrop for a lesson on the moisture in Earth's atmosphere. Through it, mini meteorologists learn about the attributes of the atmosphere and actually use data-collecting weather tools to make observations and measurements. Be aware that if you live in the southwestern states, collecting rainfall and humidity readings may not be possible depending on the time of the year.
A little engineering design is mixed into this lesson on precipitation measurement. Groups plan and construct a rain gauge, and use it to collect precipitation. As part of the PowerPoint presentation, learners view a satellite map of worldwide rainfall and learn about the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission. Groups critique their designs and then view a short video about why meteorologists evaluate rainfall. This is a fresh addition to a unit on water or weather.
Students demonstrate the steps of evaporation, cloud formation, and precipitation within the water cycle. They make and demonstrate how to use a hygrometer to record daily humidity and describe how rain, snow, and sleet form.
Young scholars examine what acid precipitation is and how it is produced and become acquainted with its effects on plants and animals in the Northern Forest. Students participate in three activities in which they discover common substances that are acidic, determine the approximate pH of common substances, and make acid rain.
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.
Students explore the relationship between the amount of water in the atmosphere available for precipitation and the actual precipitation observed by satellite. They examine seasonal changes in precipitation. They practice using Internet resources.
Students identify the layers in the earth's atmosphere and describe its composition.  For this investigative lesson students answer questions and complete several activities.
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.
Seventh graders research about their assigned type of precipitation. In this earth science lesson, 7th graders determine the necessary conditions that produce those forms of precipitation. They complete a graphic organizer and share findings with the class.
Middle schoolers experiment with condensation. In this water cycle lesson plan, students exhale on a mirror to show condensation. They discuss how this relates to precipitation and humidity. 
Young scholars examine the constant changing of the Earth's atmosphere. After labeling the layers of the Earth, they identify various processes inside the Earth that can cause gases to be emitted. Using the internet, they research how the burning of the oil fields in Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War added to the amount of pollution and effects on the atmosphere.
Students investigate the factors affecting climate using Live Access Server. In this geography lesson, students graph atmospheric data using Excel spreadsheet. They compare and contrast temperature, precipitation and water vapor of two different cities.
Students conduct Internet research to determine what causes one of the five forms of precipitation to develop. Students work in groups to research a particular type of precipitation and what atmospheric conditions cause that form of precipitation. Students create PowerPoint presentations of their findings.
Here is a fabulous lesson plan on the Earth's radiant energy system. This amazing, 31-page document is chock-full of great activities, worksheets, lab sheets, quizzes, rubrics, and assessments. Learners model and explain cloud formation, calculate incoming and outgoing radiation, identify aerosols in the earth's atmosphere, and make climate predictions. This is one of the finest educational resources I've come across! Highly recommended for your upper-elementary and middle schoolers.
Complete teacher narrative and presentation slides for teaching about Earth's water make up the bulk of this lesson. Embedded within the slide show, you will find videos about the water cycle, keeping track of the limited supply of fresh water, and the importance of using satellites for recording precipitation. The culminating activity involves designing a working rain gauge. Boost the STEM value of this activity by really emphasizing the need to calibrate rain gauges.
Through a PowerPoint presentation and the embedded animation and video, earth science enthusiasts find out about the moisture in the soil beneath our feet. In the animation, follow a water molecule on its path through the water cycle. As part of the lesson, learners gather into groups to use thermometers and moisture meters to take measurements. Make sure to check out the publisher's lessons on water in the atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere as well!
Did you know that driving 2,500 miles results in an entire ton of carbon emissions added to the atmosphere? This tidbit and others on how carbon dioxide is also increasing in ocean water are the focus of a powerful lesson. Participants are introduced to ocean acidification with a video, and then they carry out two investigations  that will reveal the increasing pH of the world's oceans. This is a poignant lesson, perfect for encouraging youth to become environmentally aware citizens.
Here is a fabulous collection of lessons for your emerging meteorologists! In them, learners will utilize satellite data to determine distribution of rainfall, research global rainfall patterns, and utilize their knowledge to propose new instruments and satellite missions that can help us understand the changes in the earth's climate. Some fantastic worksheets, weblinks, and other educational resources are embedded in an incredibly detailed and exciting lesson plan.
Students examine and research the annual rainfall in Nebraska. They create a map of the annual rainfall in Nebraska and use the map to develop explanations of settlement.

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