This zip file contains many different activities (56 pages of student handouts such as worksheets, quizzes, two labs and cloze notes handouts. as well as a PowerPoint with a total of 70 slides) which can be used to introduce students to basic concepts about weather. While these lessons were originally designed to correlate to the performance indicators of the New York State Intermediate Science curriculum, the components of this lesson may be easily used in other physical science or basic introductory earth science courses as well. The components this unit addresses in the NGSS Standards and Common Core Standards are indicated at the end of this description.
Some of the topics addressed in this learning packet include weather versus climate, components of weather, cold and warm fronts, high and low pressure areas and their movement in the United States, the coriolis effect, atmospheric relationships, human influences on the atmosphere (global warming, ozone depletion and acid precipitation), hazardous weather conditions (tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms, windstorms, and winter weather) including some facts about them, why they are dangerous and safety considerations.
Many documents are included in both word format as well as pdf format to allow editing for specific teacher needs.
The specific contents of the learning package includes the following items (the page count for these items are actual student handouts as answer key page counts are not included):
-- Marzano self assessment scale including learning goals and Common Core Reading/Writing and Mathematics Standards for students specific to this unit (4 pages)
-- Cloze notes handout for students with learning goals and Common Core Standards (17 pages)
-- 68 slide PowerPoint to accompany the cloze notes
-- Greenhouse Effect/Global Warming Common Core Reading Activity and Lab with key (12 pages)
-- Interpreting Weather Maps Activity with key (3 pages)
-- Weather Worksheet One with answer key (32 mixed type questions) (10 pages)
-- Weather Worksheet Two with answer key (74 multiple choice and true-false questions)(6 pages)
-- Severe Weather Worksheet with answer key (24 mixed questions) (3 pages)
-- Weather quiz one with key (20 questions) (2 pages)
-- Weather quiz two with key (26 questions) (3 pages)
MS-ESS2-5. Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.
MS-ESS2-6. Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
Common Core State Standards Connections
RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
RST.6-8.9 Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
WHST.6-8.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
6.NS.C.5 Understand that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values (e.g., temperature above/below zero, elevation above/below sea level, credits/debits, positive/negative electric charge); use positive and negative numbers to represent quantities in real-world contexts, explaining the meaning of 0 in each situation.)
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