Layers of the Atmosphere

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The air you breathe at sea level is different from the air you breathe at the top of a 14,000 foot mountain and is also different than the air an airplane flies through at 28,000 feet. In the activity, learners research the layers of our atmosphere to include temperature, density, composition, and characteristics. Then they draw the layers, including locations of satellites, meteors, planes, mountains, and other objects. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Allow learners to work in pairs
  • Use after a discussion about our atmosphere
  • Display atmospheric charts in the hallway or have each class make one big enough to hang
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson works for middle school students as well
  • Appropriate for lower-level grades in high school; the material might not be challenging enough for upper-level students
Pros

  • There is a suggested link for learners to use
  • Provides a good introduction and base knowledge of our atmosphere
Cons

  • Does not include any guiding, extension, or critical thinking questions
Common Core