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Air Masses Activity Portion: This lab brings air masses to LIFE! This activity has been used with elementary school students, middle school students, and 9th grade earth and space science students.
Applicable to general education, special education, and even as an alternative assessment. This is a cut and paste or laminate and Velcro activity with an in order answer key at the end. Due to the format of the lesson, it can be modified to a variety of ability levels.
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.
Front Activity Portion: No other activity like it!!! This activity has been used with elementary school students all the way up to an introductory college meteorology class. This is a cut and paste or laminate and Velcro 15 page activity with an in order answer key at the end. Due to the format of the lesson, it can be modified for a variety of ability levels. Students differentiate between cold, warm, stationary, and occluded fronts. Symbols and particular weather conditions are assigned to each front. The lab continues its multilevel approach by adding mid-latitude cyclones, storms, computer forecasting models, satellite imaging, and air masses to the mix. Lots of pictures and great feedback from kids and parents alike.
GRADES 7-12 PORTION: A comprehensive 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. As a bonus, 47 enrichment/extension questions are provided engaging the student(s) with higher level thinking prompts that encourage a more real and professional approach to studying meteorology and putting it into practice. The enrichment/extension section includes varied questioning pedagogy as well as interactive mapping tasks.
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
WEATHER MAPS (Newspapers/television)
SURFACE WEATHER MAP ANALYSIS
500 MB WEATHER MAP ANALYSIS
SNOW RATIO CALCULATIONS
This is the best instructional strategy for honors, college preparatory, and special education students.
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”