MS-ESS2-5 Isotherm and Isobar Maps Lab Stations Activity

MS-ESS2-5 Isotherm and Isobar Maps Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities

SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:

Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency

Narrative Station to build science literacy

Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding

Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design

Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

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A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Isotherm and Isobar Maps Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives

1. Create isotherm and isobar maps using the temperature and barometric pressure readings of locations in a region, respectively.

2. Interpret and analyze isotherm maps to identify the location of air masses, the movement of the jet stream and the relative speed of wind.

3. Interpret and analyze isobar maps to identify the location of high and low pressure systems and the direction and speed that wind blows.

4. Make predictions about future weather in a region using isotherm and isobar maps.

Science Skills Station

Students will analyze and interpret isobar and isotherm maps at this station. They will use the maps to describe the weather across a region, including the location of high and low pressure systems, warm and cold air masses and the direction and relative speed of wind. Students will make predictions about weather conditions at different locations on the map based on these interpretations.

Narrative Station

Students will read passages about isotherm and isobar maps at this station. They read passages about what the maps show and how to interpret and analyze them. If time allows, students will also watch a video that splices together hourly isobar maps of the United States as Hurricane Sandy approached, hit and spread across the Northeast US.

Assessment Station

At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to isotherm and isobar maps. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station

Students will create models (isotherm and isobar maps) at this station using temperature and air pressure readings at several locations across an area. Students will use the models to identify high and low pressure systems, warm and cold air masses and relative wind speed and direction. They will use this information to explain the weather conditions at different locations and predict future weather at those locations.

Synthesis/Summary Project

Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.


This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-ESS2-5. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - to meet the standard. This lab also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

This download includes:

• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection

• Directions and questions for each lab station

• Student recording sheets

• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:

1 Computer or tablet

2 sets of colored pencils


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Total Pages
52 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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