Weather & Atmosphere
Layers of the Atmosphere - (6-12) - To discover how the atmosphere can be divided into layers based on temperature changes at different heights by making a graph.
Land vs. Water Temperature Lab - (6-12) - To illustrate how dark land surfaces, light land surfaces and water all heat at different rates. Illustrates that water heats more slowly than land and therefore the surface of the Earth must heat at different rates, causing our weather.
Lesson Plan Links
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- Wisconsin Weather Stories – Site with lesson plans, stories, weather sayings, and more.
- CIMSS – Satellite Meteorology course for grades 7-12. Combines striking satellite imagery with interactive learning activities such as teaching applets, discovery images, discovery quizzes, animations, faders, and clear explanatory text, even the most casual visit to this material translates to a learning experience.
- Introductory Hurricane Lesson Plan – Steve Kluge, NY: Hurricane lesson using real data and online resources.
- Recipe for a Core Lab: students will learn how to take field notes as scientists do, using a simulated sediment core, constructed with edible items. Students will use metric notations to mark changes in the sediments, objects such as fossils and glacial pebbles in the core sample, and to select a spot to sample. They will use a small round cookie cutter to obtain a cylindrical sample of the core.
- Program download: Global Warming: WorldWatcher, a supportive scientific visualization environment for geospatial data, is available for both Macintosh and Windows. The software provides an accessible and supportive environment for students to explore, interpret, and analyze scientific data in a manner which allows them to emulate the work of actual scientists.
- Dewpoint and Relative Humidity Lab - New York Regents: includes making a sling psychrometer:
- Weather Unit from Scholastic - The Weather Maker is part of this page. Interactive Activities and Lesson Plans.
- University of Illinois: The Weather Unit - Recommends resources and outlines lessons for teachers preparing a comprehensive unit on weather and meteorology.
- Build Your Own Weather Station!
- Wired Antarctica - Learn more about Antarctica; why is it important and what you can learn there. Researchers from prestigious institutions in Canada and the U.S. put together this site with lessons, worksheets, activities, and loads of information about this frozen continent.
- The Weather Eye - has lesson plans on weather for all ages. Has a 'Teacher's Lounge" for activities too.