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Environmental Science: Atmosphere Bundle- Lessons, Webquests and Lab Activities

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9th - 11th, Homeschool
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48 pgs + 16 PPT slides
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    This is a bundle of environmental and earth science lessons on the composition and layers of the atmosphere, global wind and climate patterns, and biogeochemical cycles. Web-quests, worksheets, PowerPoints, and lab activities are all included! The lessons are designed to facilitate independent learning and are ideal for sub plans or simply to encourage self-instruction of basic concepts.

    Topics: composition of the air, air pressure, layers of the earth's atmosphere, ozone layer, Earth's seasons, global wind patterns, Coriolis effect, El Niño, La Niña, convection currents, local weather patterns, weather mapping, biogeochemical cycles, nitrogen cycle, phosphorus cycle, carbon cycle, greenhouse gases, global warming

    ▶️Can I use this for virtual learning?

    The PDFs included in this bundle can be assigned through various online learning platforms, however, students can NOT type on these directly without additional software. If you would like a digital version made specifically for virtual learning environments, please use the digital version of this lesson instead.

    Each lesson includes:

    1. Lessons- Content & vocabulary gained through internet links, videos, and/or PowerPoint presentations.

    2. Activities- Lab, game or class activity designed to apply the concepts learned in the lesson.

    3. Extension Pages- Graphing activities, calculations, reading assignments or case studies

    3: Assessment- Quiz, assignment, exit ticket, or project as a culmination and review of lesson

    *Please note: These are not lecture-based lessons, so not every lesson includes a PowerPoint presentation. Most of the content is geared towards independent learning through web resources and videos, which makes them great for hybrid learning environments or substitute plans.

    **For details about the worksheets, slides, and activities included in this bundle, please click on the PREVIEW button above.**

    This curriculum is ideally geared towards high school students, but is appropriate for any student looking for an independent, student-centered approach to learning.

    ➤My Environmental Science Series includes lessons for each sphere of the earth:

    1. Hydrosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

    2. Biosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

    3. Atmosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

    4. Geosphere/Lithosphere (in digital/paperless or print versions)

    These lessons are designed to be easy to use for both students and teachers. Regardless of whether you've taught Environmental Science for years or just need a few quick lessons to add to your science curriculum, this is the perfect selection.

    What curriculum could I use with these lessons?

    This lesson is ideally geared towards high school students and would work well with a general level Environmental Science or Earth Science textbook. It addresses the following topics in AP Environmental Science (APES):

    • 1.4: The Carbon Cycle
    • 1.5: The Nitrogen Cycle
    • 1.6: The Phosphorus Cycle
    • 4.4: Earth's Atmosphere
    • 4.5: Global Wind Patterns
    • 4.7: Solar Radiation and Earth's Seasons
    • 4.8: Earth's Geography and Climate
    • 4.9: El Niño and La Niña
    • 9.1: Stratospheric Ozone Depletion
    • 9.2: Reducing Ozone Depletion
    • 9.3: The Greenhouse Effect
    Total Pages
    48 pgs + 16 PPT slides
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    Teaching Duration
    3 Weeks
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    to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
    Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems. Examples should include climate feedbacks, such as how an increase in greenhouse gases causes a rise in global temperatures that melts glacial ice, which reduces the amount of sunlight reflected from Earth’s surface, increasing surface temperatures and further reducing the amount of ice. Examples could also be taken from other system interactions, such as how the loss of ground vegetation causes an increase in water runoff and soil erosion; how dammed rivers increase groundwater recharge, decrease sediment transport, and increase coastal erosion; or how the loss of wetlands causes a decrease in local humidity that further reduces the wetland extent.
    Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity. Examples of Earth systems to be considered are the hydrosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere, geosphere, and/or biosphere. An example of the far-reaching impacts from a human activity is how an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide results in an increase in photosynthetic biomass on land and an increase in ocean acidification, with resulting impacts on sea organism health and marine populations. Assessment does not include running computational representations but is limited to using the published results of scientific computational models.
    Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth's systems. Examples of evidence, for both data and climate model outputs, are for climate changes (such as precipitation and temperature) and their associated impacts (such as on sea level, glacial ice volumes, or atmosphere and ocean composition). Assessment is limited to one example of a climate change and its associated impacts.
    Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity. Examples of key natural resources include access to fresh water (such as rivers, lakes, and groundwater), regions of fertile soils such as river deltas, and high concentrations of minerals and fossil fuels. Examples of natural hazards can be from interior processes (such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes), surface processes (such as tsunamis, mass wasting and soil erosion), and severe weather (such as hurricanes, floods, and droughts). Examples of the results of changes in climate that can affect populations or drive mass migrations include changes to sea level, regional patterns of temperature and precipitation, and the types of crops and livestock that can be raised.
    Construct an argument based on evidence about the simultaneous coevolution of Earth's systems and life on Earth. Emphasis is on the dynamic causes, effects, and feedbacks between the biosphere and Earth’s other systems, whereby geoscience factors control the evolution of life, which in turn continuously alters Earth’s surface. Examples include how photosynthetic life altered the atmosphere through the production of oxygen, which in turn increased weathering rates and allowed for the evolution of animal life; how microbial life on land increased the formation of soil, which in turn allowed for the evolution of land plants; or how the evolution of corals created reefs that altered patterns of erosion and deposition along coastlines and provided habitats for the evolution of new life forms. Assessment does not include a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms of how the biosphere interacts with all of Earth’s other systems.


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