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Students articulate differences between climate and weather using examples in a written statement. Using climate data from across the country, they describe climate patterns for various parts of the United States on a map. Students explain how land and water masses might affect temperature and precipitation using the climate data.
Students discover the techniques meteorologists use to examine the atmosphere. In groups, they build their own weather station and observe the various weather conditions. They identify the types of weather patterns that allow the meteorologists to make forecasts.
Students, while utilizing a large wall map, experiment recording the annual precipitation for cities on the east and west sides of the Cascade Mountains. They discover that volcanic mountains do not have to erupt to affect the atmosphere.
Young scientists explore Earth elements by conducting an experiment. They define water vocabulary terms such as condensation and precipitation. In addition, they conduct a water experiment in which they build a terrarium, so they can observe a smaller scale water cycle in their class.
Fifth graders use Internet sites to complete a study of weather and atmosphere. They compare weather data from cities around the world. They use thermometers, the Beaufort wind scale, and simple weather symbols to measure weather around the school.
Fourth graders conduct an experiment demonstrating the effects of water and air temperature on precipitation. They create graphs demonstrating their findings using Claris Works for Kids.
Students calculate weathering rates from tombstone weathering data. Atmospheric (and precipitation) chemistry determines the rate of weathering for marble tombstones. They are shown data from a rural and an unrban cemetery, and are asked to estimate rates, and then have them speculate as to why the rates are so different.
Young scholars build an understanding of the dynamics and composition of the atmosphere and its local and global processes influencing climate and air quality. They analyze air masses and the life cycle of weather systems.
Ninth graders identify the relationship between the ocean and the weather. In this meteorology lesson, 9th graders research the relationship between the ocean, lithosphere, and atmosphere. They create a multimedia poster to illustrate the connections.
Young scholars explore how climatic factors influence the growth of plants. They create an experiment to find how variations in water, light, and temperature affect plant growth and describe how precipitation and geography can affect the growth of plants and animals in a certain region.
Twelfth graders consider the survival of prairie plants. They examine how some tallgrass prairie species are adapted to the conditions of their ecosystem. They make a prediction of how a species might change given new conditions.
After listening to your lecture on climate change, young scientists access NOAA's database listing Mauna Loa's carbon dioxide data. They graph the monthly means and then compare their graphs to NOAA's. This is a concise plan that could serve as a support to your atmosphere curriculum.
Students explore latent heat and how it relates to clouds in the atmosphere.  In this earth science lesson students investigate how clouds are formed. Students examine clouds and the water cycle.
Students use raw data to make a climatograph; they explain the process of orographic precipitation and the concept of a rain shadow.
Learners observe which of ten types of clouds are visible and how much of the sky is cloud covered. They see that by observing clouds, we can get information about temperature, moisture, and wind conditions in different places in the atmosphere.
Learners determine its' direction of movement, and list at least five weather conditions associated with the specific front, given animations of several atmospheric variables during a cold front passage. They list at least three weather conditions similar among all cold fronts.
Students experiment with atmospheric and weather related phenomena. They familiarize themselves with weather terminology, and make weather instruments. They distinguish scientific predictions from myths and superstitions in these lessons.
Eighth graders research all about the Earth's atmosphere and how it creates our weather. They watch PowerPoint presentations outlining the information in their text book. Students spend one week observing the weather outside their classroom.
Students conduct investigations to observe formations of precipitates, then create models of developing hydrothermal vents. They compare the models with the actual hydrothermal vents developing along the Galapagos Rift.
Students study the Earth's atmosphere. In this Earth science lesson, students complete several projects to identify precipitation and learn about the Earth's atmosphere.

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