Atmosphere, Weather and Climate. A Middle School Study Guide

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Could be done without my book if you put up a word bank of the answers for them to choose from! Composition of Air Team Game. Enlarge the pie chart from the above worksheet. Print out the pie chart without words, in color. Print out the words separately. Cut out.

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Give to teams. Say, "On your mark! Get set! Layers of the Atmosphere Foldable. I use this right after I've taught the composition of the air objective. I have them pick up the blue paper and the cut-out page while entering the classroom and after Bellwork, we fold, cut out and paste on the front diagram, add blue and red lines to show the changes in temperature, cut the flaps, paste the descriptions inside, and then one at a time, cut out and paste the little objects on the front.

See images below. Fun to watch kids realize they can do hard things! Play a White Board Game with them using their Foldable. Click here for Foldable and Questions. This is where I let them bring along their Atmosphere Foldables to the Team gathering place: Give each team a colorful page with all the layers and pauses listed. From Atmosphere Foldable. I set the timer for 5 minutes and the teams must list as many characteristics as they can for each layer right on that paper in the proper area. Have the team choose the Recorder to write it all down. The rest of the team looks up as many different things as they can from their Foldable and dictate to Recorder.

The Recorder just writes. You can make it trickier by giving points for correct characteristics, but subtracting for any wrong facts. Keeps them on their toes! Layers of the Atmosphere CrissCross Puzzle. I lay puzzles like this out on the Pick-Up Table so they can be picked up as students enter the room. This works great for the faster students. They have something to do and get Bonus Points for being efficient workers! Click here. Teaching Tip for Convection Currents. Weather Objectives: -Discuss the ozone layer and its possible reduction by human activity.

Most every school district has some objective for raising awareness of the possibility of human activities having an influence on the ozone layer. Here are some activities to meet that objective. Show this first. Then do the Ozone Hole Activity. Click here for Activity. Click here for the different years to project for students. Click here for my related BLog entry. Teach heat transfer as a means of introducing Breezes and Global Wind Patterns. Click here for a quick worksheet that covers radiation, conduction, and convection. Click here for a quick team game that gets their heads together with some peer teaching thrown in for good measure.

Quick but potent learning! I show the PowerPoint below and they fill out quickly as they watch. Most middle-school aged students know most of these and it's a review for them. You're just getting them all on the same page, as some won't know all of them. If you have time, you can do great labs for each instrument. Otherwise this can be it. Good review PowerPoint to show to students along with above worksheet.

This is affectionately known in my building as the " Skittles Lab , " although this version uses beans. This lesson is floating around the Internet in many versions. A good way to teach why right angle sunlight will heat an area more than a narrower angle. Click here for my related Blog entry.

Weather Objective: -Describe the four fronts and explain their origin and structure. Run the front Venn Diagram page off on colored paper, the other two pages on white. They can put them together several different ways. Have them fold hamburger bun-style. No flaps. Paste closely cropped symbols on the front.

Paste all other diagrams and info squares inside, then use what's inside to fill out the front with pen or pencil. They have to come up with how they are alike by themselves!

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Good Thinking skills here! You can give hints or ask them what does the diagram with the cold and warm fronts attached to the Low tell them? Then they answer the questions in pairs or small groups or alone. See photos below. Weather Objective: Observe, record, and interpret the factors that affect weather:. Observing Weather Chart Click here for my related Blog entry.


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Begin this on the day you begin your Weather Unit. Record for at least one week, more if possible. Then have them answer analysis questions in small groups or pairs. Click here for Chart. Click here for QuestionSheet that also has them copy the national weather map each day. You could skip the Observing Weather Chart and just go with the second option if pressed for time. Weather Objective: -Discuss the possible effects of human activity on the atmosphere and other spheres.

We have a state-required objective that asks us to introduce our students to the concept that changes in the "spheres" occur both naturally and by human design. We've come up with a "Changes in the Spheres" Project that takes a total of about one minute class period. We give each small group a folder with information from the Internet.

They are asked to use the information to fill out a worksheet and prepare a short presentation to the class. Students take notes during the speeches using a Listening Guide. Weather Objectives: -Explain the difference between weather and climate.


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  4. A good way to introduce the concept of Climate. Small groups or pairs come up with a definition on newsprint. Post where all can see. Or have each group write on chalkboard in different colors. They arrive at a group definition by consensus. Post this for all to see.

    Main rule: can't use the book's definition! Then discuss the definition of climate from your book. Climate controls should be covered: altitude, latitude, nearness to center of continent or large body of water, prevailing winds, ocean currents. Breadcrumb All kinds weather Weather Resources for Teachers We found items Help students of all ages learn the science behind weather forecasts with the lessons, printables, and references below. Whiteboard Compatible Mini-Lessons Enhance your teaching strategies and students' learning with these mini-lessons and slideshows on weather forecasting and the wind.

    Nature's Weather Clues Mini-Lesson The Restless Air Mini-Lesson More Mini-Lessons Printables for Grades K-5 Choose from our list of printables to help your students by understanding the connection between climate change and trash in the environment, making a weather bar graph, and improving their reading skills with warm-ups.

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    Includes reading warm-ups, learning about evaporation through collecting data and creating a graph, and hands-on activities from a printable book. Which Soil Is Best for Plants? Climate Zones Map More Weather Slideshows Browse our collection of slideshows to find resources to enhance your curriculum with art projects, lessons on animal life cycles, space, the seasons, and much more.

    How Can You Make a Thermometer? Glacial Pressure More Weather Lesson Plans Graphic Organizers Use these printable, customizable Graphic Organizers to teach your students about the weather by recording the temperature or weather for the day, filling in a KWL, and more. What Are the Seasons Like?

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    What Is Your Favorite Season? What Is the Temperature Outside? Includes information about tsunamis and tracking hurricanes along with preparedness tips for your class. Students learn how to make and use a thermometer, answer qualitative questions, and create a graph and use a chart. Temperature Gr.

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    Graphing Air Temperature Activity Wind Chill Factors More Weather Activities for Math Class Weather Resources for Language Arts Your students' reading and writing skills will be expanded with these warm-ups and comprehension questions, along with vocabulary terms to learn related to weather. Weather Activities for Art Class Incorporate Weather Activities into art class by creating art pieces using autumn leaves or making a puppet that can tell the weather, drawing family activities done in different types of weather, and more. Includes books about severe and disastrous events, and extreme weather.

    Includes using a map to answer weather and climate questions, interpreting a map and using knowledge of geography skills, as well as creating a climate model.

    What Is the Ring of Fire? Discussion Guide Welcome Spring Modeling Climates Climate and Vegetation Regions River Erosion More Weather Resources for Social Studies Class Seasonal Weather Activities Weather changes seasonally provides a great opportunity to expand your lessons on weather with activities such as charting hot and cold temperatures, and reading a passage about how snow flakes are formed.

    Includes reading passages with comprehension questions on hurricanes and droughts. Activities include researching, classifying, and drawing volcanoes as well as a reading passage on tsunamis with critical thinking questions. Includes creating a wind vane, thermometer, and weather station, along with a word search. Some activities included in the reference information.

    Global Warming: The Climate Detectives More Popular Weather References Environmental Science Resources Teach your students about the issue of global warming, as well as the effects, and increase their learning with these informational references.