Environmental Science Unit: Atmosphere, Weather, Wind & Biogeochemical Cycles

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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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Description

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. Human impacts on the environment are interwoven through each lesson to provide students with a good basis for any environmental science or APES course. A PowerPoint, guided notes, web-quests, doodle notes, activities, extension pages, and assessments are all included in this lesson. All student pages come in both PRINT and DIGITAL versions for efficient use in class or through distance learning.

PLEASE NOTE: This unit is also included in my FULL ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CURRICULUM.


What's included?

-10 Teacher Planning Pages (standards document, editable daily pacing guide, differentiation ideas for student interest, ability, and learning environment)

-1 PowerPoint (49 editable slides- highly visual and fully animated)

-6 pages of Cornell Notes (both fill-in-the-blank and editable versions included)

-3 web-quests with corresponding student pages for independent learning

-3 pages of my popular Doodle Notes(TM) and a guide to using them in your classroom

-7 Activities:

-8 Extension pages:

  • 4 Digging Deeper extensions for increased depth of knowledge & critical thinking skills (The Ozone Layer, Deforestation, ENSO, Greenhouse Gases)
  • 4 Data Analysis extensions to focus on interpretation of graphs & math integration (Atmospheric Composition, Atmospheric Pressure, Solar Insolation, Carbon Residence Time)

-1 quiz through Google Forms for automatic online grading

-24 editable task cards for a quick and easy unit review

-Editable unit test with multiple-choice and short answer questions (in both honors and regular versions)

-Supplementary Resource Ideas: links and videos for additional explanation or exploration

-Answer keys and grading rubrics for all student pages

What topics are included in this unit?

Composition & Layers of the Atmosphere

  • Atmospheric composition
  • Composition of early atmosphere
  • Layers of the atmosphere (troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, exosphere)
  • Temperature trends in each layer of the atmosphere
  • Function and importance of ozone layer

Weather

  • Tilt of the earth, seasons, and solar radiation
  • Global circulation (Polar cells, Ferrel cells, Hadley cells)
  • Coriolis Effect
  • ENSO (El Nino, La Nina)
  • Weather maps (isothermic, isobaric, streamline, humidity)
  • Effects of deforestation on local and global weather

Biogeochemical cycles

  • Nutrient sources, sinks, and reservoirs
  • Nitrogen cycle (processes and sinks)
  • Phosphorous cycle (processes and sinks)
  • Carbon cycle (processes, reservoirs, and sinks)
  • Human impacts on the nitrogen, phosphorous and carbon cycles
  • Greenhouse gases and global warming (climate change)

The unit is aligned to NGSS and many state standards. If you’d like to know whether your state standards are covered, you can send me an email at support@suburbanscience.com. Additional details on standards are included in the teacher planning pages of this course.

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*For more details about the specific topics and items included, please see my PREVIEW.*

Where can I find other Environmental Science lessons?

Intro to Environmental Science

Biosphere Unit 1: Ecology, Food webs, and Symbiosis

Biosphere Unit 2: Species and Population Ecology

Biosphere Unit 3: World Biomes, Ecological Succession, and Biodiversity

Atmosphere: Weather, Wind, and Biogeochemical Cycles

Geosphere Unit 1: Plate Tectonics and Landforms

Geosphere Unit 2: Minerals, Mining, and Soil

Geosphere Unit 3: Fossil Fuels and Renewable Energy

Hydrosphere Unit 1: Surface Water, Groundwater, and the Water Cycle

Hydrosphere Unit 2: Marine Biomes and Water Pollution

Land Use & Sustainability

Or get the Full Environmental Science Curriculum which includes all these units!

What curriculum could I use with this lesson?

This lesson is ideally geared toward high school students and would work well with a general-level Environmental Science or Biology 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

Can I edit these resources to fit my needs?

Some of the files in this unit are editable. The text on the PowerPoints, Cornell Notes, and task cards is all editable so you can adjust the level of content and wording. The pacing guide, printable unit tests, and online quizzes through Google Forms™ are all fully editable. Web-quests, activities, extension pages, and any images included in this unit are in non-editable PDF formats to protect my intellectual property rights and those of the illustrators whose images I’ve purchased for use in this resource.

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133 pgs + 49 PPT slides
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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Standards

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NGSSHS-ESS2-4
Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth's systems result in changes in climate. Examples of the causes of climate change differ by timescale, over 1-10 years: large volcanic eruption, ocean circulation; 10-100s of years: changes in human activity, ocean circulation, solar output; 10-100s of thousands of years: changes to Earth's orbit and the orientation of its axis; and 10-100s of millions of years: long-term changes in atmospheric composition. Assessment of the results of changes in climate is limited to changes in surface temperatures, precipitation patterns, glacial ice volumes, sea levels, and biosphere distribution.
NGSSHS-LS2-5
Develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere. Examples of models could include simulations and mathematical models. Assessment does not include the specific chemical steps of photosynthesis and respiration.
NGSSHS-ESS2-6
Develop a quantitative model to describe the cycling of carbon among the hydrosphere, atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere. Emphasis is on modeling biogeochemical cycles that include the cycling of carbon through the ocean, atmosphere, soil, and biosphere (including humans), providing the foundation for living organisms.
NGSSHS-ESS2-7
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.
NGSSHS-ESS3-1
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.

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