This series is the fifth of the Science of Weather digital extensions, a digital version of the original Science of Weather curriculum, also available in print. While the original paper version was published as one single volume of worksheets, and separate teaching notes in 5 volumes, these new series contain both the worksheets and the teaching notes, and are broken down by themes, to accommodate teachers who might be interested in teaching a particular topic, rather than a full blown, year-long, weather and climate curriculum. (If, however, you are only interested in the worksheets, consider downloading the student workbook. If you are interested in the entire set of teaching notes, consider downloading the "5-volume set.")
In WX5 Satelllite Images, students learn about the following:
- The relationship between the temperature of an object and the radiation it emits (Stefan-Boltzmann's law - sounds complicated, but it's made easy)
- How to use this relationship to infer the height of cloud tops from an infrared satellite image.
- Visible vs. infrared satellite images.
- Low and high clouds, some preliminary cloud types based on cloud top height and appearance in satellite images (setting the stage for WX7: Pressure, Buoyancy, and Convection
, and for WX9: Condensation, Dew Point, and Cloud Formation
- Geostationary satellites.
- Solar radiation and some properties of the sun.
Students also learn to think, explain, and write in logical format, showing cause-and-effect relationships. They apply specific math concepts (graphing, axes, x- and y-increments, fourth power, fourth root) and practice using the speed formula.
While most of Science of Weather
can be adapted for grades 2 to 5 and works well for grades 6 to 12, this short series is more appropriate in high school, or with advanced middle school students. I also use these worksheets as starting points and activities in my professional development workshops. This particular series is a good complement/supplement to existing weather, climate, and environmental science modules, such as STC Catastrophic Events (Understanding Weather and Climate) and It's About Time EarthComm.
All the activities are aligned with the national standards, as made explicit at the end of each activity in these Teaching Notes.
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