Weather & Atmosphere
Lesson Plan Links
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- Investigating the Climate System: Weather: The Global Awareness - This is a problem-based classroom module for students in grades 5-8. It is designed to be used at the end of a unit on weather to help students apply their knowledge to real-world problems. Students become the Events Manager for a music group that is planning a world tour. They have to use their knowledge of weather to decide which cities the group will visit on a tour that focuses attention on natural environmental weather hazards.
- Learn: Atmospheric Science Explores Cycles of the Earth and Atmosphere, UCAR - This on-line teaching module is for middle school science teachers. While some students may find portions of this site useful, the primary audience is classroom teachers and it has been developed with that target audience in mind. The site provides background information and supporting classroom teaching materials. The content focus is climate change and issues related to both stratospheric and tropospheric ozone.
- Modeling the Reasons for Seasonal Change, Globe - This activity looks at what causes the Earth's seasons, with a focus on the Earth's tilt and spherical shape. Students learn how sunlight spreads over the Earth by modeling different tilts using a three-dimensional polyhedron which they construct from paper, and calculate the relative sunlight intensity received by the Northern and Southern Hemispheres to understand seasonal differences between the hemispheres.
- Weather & Climate – Selected Labs and Activities from Earth to Class.
- Wisconsin Weather Stories – Site with lesson plans, stories, weather sayings, and more.
- 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.
- Weather Unit from Scholastic - The Weather Maker is part of this page. Interactive Activities and Lesson Plans.
- The Weather Eye - has lesson plans on weather for all ages. Has a 'Teacher's Lounge" for activities too.