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Students are introduced to all the air masses and their characteristics: continental arctic, continental polar, continental tropical, maritime polar, and maritime tropical. Symbols and particular weather conditions are assigned to each air mass. The lab continues its multilevel approach by adding mid-latitude cyclones, storms, computer forecasting models, satellite imaging, global winds, fronts, and even geography to the mix. Lots of pictures and great feedback from kids and parents alike.
A higher-level assessment on weather: air masses and fronts. This pairs very well with other weather activities/labs posted on my TPT. This assessment is designed for the college preparatory or honors student in grades 7 – 12 or undergraduate introductory meteorology student. This assessment features 40 questions within the schemes of matching, true/false, multiple choice, map skills, professional map evaluation. Content covered:
AIR MASSES: mP, cT, cP, cA, and mT
FRONTS: cold, warm, stationary, and occluded
ISOTHERMS and ISOBARS
FRONTS AND WEATHER
AIR MASSES AND WEATHER
GEOGRAPHY AND WEATHER
Covers a ton of information about air masses and fronts. A guaranteed hit all around!
WIDE RANGE OF ABILITY LEVELS! The application to a diverse body of learners, whether it be age or ability level, is predicated on the fact that the instructor determines the difficulty level of the whole activity or part of the activity based on what information is given and what information is not as well as how verbal questions are presented to the student(s).
This is a thorough and DYNAMIC activity that covers a ton of information about weather and air masses. This has been used as a pre-class, lab/activity, study guide, review, and assessment. This is an effective teaching tool one on one, in small groups, and as a class when using a Smart Board/Promethean Board/Projection.
A guaranteed hit all around!
A great addition to your meteorological teaching library.
Cut and paste or Velcro and laminate for special education applications and alternative assessments.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 6th – 12th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
This work has also been shared at workshops, in-services, and conferences.
Great feedback from parents, teachers, administrators, and curriculum field professionals.
Applicable to many state science assessments and benchmarks.
Has been applied to state mandated North Carolina end of year tests for science in grades 5 and 8.
Even used by teachers in New York State as a preparation for the Earth Science Grade 9 Regents Exam.
Answer key provided.
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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence/educational resource center*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”