This unit on "Climate" aligns with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS):
"STANDARD 7 - The Earth
The competent science teacher understands the dynamic nature of the Earth and recognizes that its features and structures result from natural processes.
Knowledge Indicators - The competent science teacher:
7A. understands the structure and composition of the Earth's land, water and atmospheric systems.
7B. understands the transfer of energy within and among Earth's land, water and atmospheric systems."
"Unit VI Climate" zip file includes three comprehensive and inclusive PowerPoint lessons; two review programs with printable color PDF worksheets; three student PPT note guides/outlines (Word); one unit vocabulary sheet (Word and PDF); a webquest (Internet) activity that can be used as a review of the unit or as an intro; two quizzes and a Unit (scantron 50 questions) assessment with answer keys (also Word and PDF files).
PowerPoint programs contain slide-sorter notes for the instructor based on student most "frequently asked questions" or FAQ's to help clarify the subject. At least two short video links are also included in each program. A class activity at the end of each PPT program sums up the lesson and a 20-question interactive quiz/review at kahoot.it is also included as a link in the last slide.
Individual lessons (not assessments) can be found in the AstronomyDad store.
Terms/concepts covered in this unit include:
climate, weather patterns, latitude, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, equator, arctic circle, Antarctic circle, tropics, temperate zones, polar zones, climate factors, ocean currents, Gulf stream, surface currents, mountain climates, rain shadows, leeward side, windward side, heat island effect, climatologists, Koppen Classification System, climate groups, climate types, species adaptations, structural adaptations, behavioral adaptations, traits, DNA mutations, extinctions, climate change, hibernation, estivation, seasons, Earth's tilt, solar radiation, El Nino, La Nina, short term climate change, climate change, ice ages, Antarctica, interglacial periods, ice age causes, Earth's orbit, precession, solar output, sunspots, Little Ice Age, volcanic eruptions, meteorite/comet impact, greenhouse effect, global warming, deforestation, fossil fuels, Industrial Revolution, carbon dioxide emissions, sea level rise, greenhouse gases, polar ice caps
Earth/Space Complete Unit VI "Climate"
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