Atmospheric Circulation Teacher Resources

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Ocean Circulation

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
In this physical oceanography PowerPoint, viewers learn about ocean circulation, sea surface temperatures, and salinity. Relationships among these aspects are explained, as well as their impact on the atmosphere and climate. Each slide...
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Ocean Circulation

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students view and analyze buoy, satellite, temperature vs depth data to study about ocean circulation and how is related to atmospheric circulation. They read and interpret satellite image data related to: Surface wind speeds, Wave...
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Weather

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students experiment with bunsen burners and beakers of water to see how the earth's atmosphere acts like a thermometer. They explain how temperature causes movement in the air and how warm and cold fronts cause weather changes.
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The Intertropical Convergence Zone

For Teachers 3rd - 11th Standards
Young scientists know it is hotter along the equator, but why is it also rainier? Through the process of completing two experiments and a worksheet, scholars discover the answer is the intertropical convergence zone. First, they...
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Radiation and Controlling Heat Flow

For Teachers 7th - 9th
The carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and its effect on how heat is contained is summarized here. The flow of heat is explained with details about insulation and conduction. There are diagrams of heat circulation on a global level and...
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Changing Planet: The Case of the Leaky Gyre

For Teachers 7th - 10th
The fascinating video "Changing Planet: Fresh Water in the Arctic," introduces your oceanographers to the world's gyres. They learn that melting sea ice is making the gyres larger, and that the changes could, in turn, contribute even...
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Weather

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students explore the earth's atmosphere, weather, and climate. They begin class with a discussion about weather patterns, atmosphere, and the layers of the earth. After the class discussion, students rotate through four stations to...
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Earth's Energy Budget - Seasonal Cycles in Net Radiative Flux

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students attempt to understand seasonal variation by viewing images of the energy received by the earth. In this weather lesson, students view images from NASA of the influx of energy from the sun and make predictions about resulting...
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The Ocean: A Driving Force for Weather and Climate

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What's behind Earth's wild, wonderful, and sometimes weird weather? A lesson from PBS's Weather and Climate series takes viewers on a worldwide trek to examine the many interactions between Earth's atmosphere, oceans, and land masses....
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Writing About the Indian Monsoon (Calibrated Peer Review):

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students develop an understanding of the atmospheric processes underlying the Indian Monsoon. They explore the use data to make a scientific argument. They listen to lecture on atmospheric circulation processes.
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(S-1A) Weather and the Atmosphere

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars discuss the way vertical convection transports heat from the surface upwards, and associated pressure and temperature profiles of the atmosphere.
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A Comparison of Cloud Coverage Over Africa

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students use a NASA satellite data to contrast amounts of cloud coverage over different climate regions in Africa. They explore how Earth's major air circulations affect global weather patterns, and relate to local weather patterns.
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Global Winds

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Blow budding scientists away with a lesson that'll put wind in their sails! Scholars study the pattern of global winds using an interactive from PBS' Weather and Climate series. Detailed simulations help viewers study upper-level winds...
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Ocean Streams

For Teachers 6th - 9th
The instructions for demonstrating ocean turnover are provided in this resource. You could set this up for your earth science class as part of a lecture on convection currents or as an explanation of how ocean currents form. An animation...
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Carbon Cycles!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Science learners go from station to station in a game modeling the stages of the carbon cycle. They discover that carbon can be found throughout Earth's crust, waters, and atmosphere. The game is played a second time, but now with the...
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5 Minute Energizers

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Use the last 5 minutes of class to discuss or review concept learned. Encourage the practice of getting excited about math and leaving the classroom with a positive attitude. Your students at any age can work cooperatively to be...
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Temperature Inversions

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students investigate how atmospheric conditions can cause pollutants to be trapped near the ground.
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The Water Cycle

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders discover how water circulates through the earth and its atmosphere while determine how much of the Earth's water is suitable for drinking. They discover the meaning of evaporation, transpiration, and precipitation and...
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Three Clouds Activity

For Teachers K - 8th
Students explore how clouds are produced through three different age-appropriate hands-on experiments.
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Convection

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students experiment with the cyclic process of convection and apply the principal to everyday events.
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Wind Circulation, Surface Currents and Climate

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students describe connections between wind patterns, surface currents, and ocean climate zones. In small groups, they color the ocean climate zones in four different shades of blue. Students then answer questions like what four...
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Freshwater Availability Classroom Activity

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
This science assignment produced by NASA teaches inquiring minds the distribution of Earth's water. Learners will appreciate and understand the importance of fresh water and how weather and climate affects everything.
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Science Concept Maps

For Teachers 7th - 10th
A collection of concept maps has some terms filled in and others left blank for young scientists to fill in. This library can provide you with many pop quizzes for all of your middle to high school science curriculum. 
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Sea and Ice Salinity

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Learners conduct an experiment.  In this salinity activity, students learn about sea ice, why it is important and how changing amounts can affect the sea.  Learners conduct an experiment to find out the effects of salinity on the...

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