Also included in
- 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 lear$19.20$30.00Save $10.80
- Are you ready for your students to take charge of their learning? This environmental science course is interactive, hands-on, and student-centered! It includes tons of labs and activities as well as web-quests, worksheets, concept maps, and quizzes! Students learn about the features and organisms$136.00$212.50Save $76.50
These lessons, worksheets and activities are perfect for a high school environmental science course or earth science overview. This unit will introduce your students to global weather and wind patterns, the Coriolis effect, El Niño and La Niña, and local weather conditions.
Topics included in this lesson are: Earth's seasons, Earth's axis, global wind patterns (Polar cells, Hadley cells, Ferrel cells), Coriolis effect, solar insolation, ENSO, El Niño, La Niña, air pressure, convection currents, local weather, elevation, rain-shadow effect, albedo, effects of deforestation on weather, isothermic maps, isobaric maps, streamline maps, relative humidity
▶️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.
- Detailed teacher lesson plan including essential questions, standards, pacing guide, optional supplementary activities and materials list
- Web-quest for content delivery with guided student notes
- 16-slide PowerPoint for additional explanation and reinforcement of concepts
- Partnered Coriolis Effect Activity- a visual exploration of global wind and earth's rotation
- ENSO Sorting Activity- students read about ENSO (El Niño and La Niña) and recognize the global conditions associated with each phenomenon
- Local Weather Critical Thinking Page- students to examine the reasons behind their local climate and weather
- Mapping Activity- students create temperature, air pressure, and wind direction maps
- Weather Report Group Project- students show understanding of different types of weather maps by making a weather report video presentation
- 2 Extension Pages for bell-ringers or homework- quick assessment on ENSO concepts, critical thinking page on the effects of deforestation on weather
- Math Extension page- students analyze global insolation data and maps to explore the unequal heating of the earth
- Editable Online quiz using Google Forms for easy grading
This is a large bundle of lessons. To see details about each activity, please click on the "PREVIEW" button above.
➤My Environmental Science Series includes lessons for each sphere of the earth:
➤How do I use this lesson?
Students learn or review concepts through video links provided in the web-quest.
For students with less earth science background, the PowerPoint can be used for an additional introductory lecture. Next, through independent research and lab activities, students are able to practice these concepts and see them come to life in real environments. Many of these lessons are perfect for substitutes because students can work independently.
➤What curriculum could I use with this lesson?
This lesson is ideally geared towards high school students, but some portions would work for middle school students, as well. A general level Environmental Science or Earth Science textbook would coincide with these topics. It also addresses the following topics in AP Environmental Science (APES):
- 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