Weather Fronts - Air Masses - Air Pressure - Warm and Cold Fronts

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Air masses, air pressure, and weather fronts are interesting but complicated! This unit will help students understand the relationship of air pressure to weather changes. This resource covers warm fronts, cold fronts, stationary fronts, high pressure, low pressure, and storms. Students will learn about weather and climate in this unit. Students will love these engaging activities on air pressure, air masses, and weather fronts.

This resource includes two complete units of study.

The first is on air pressure or atmospheric pressure.

It includes

☀️ six labs
☀️ response pages
☀️ a slideshow
☀️ interactive notebook flaps
☀️ answer keys

The second unit is on air masses and weather fronts and builds on concepts addressed in the first unit.

It includes:

an informative slideshow
⚡ nonfiction reading passage
comprehension questions aligned with the CCSS for Reading Informational Text
weather map task cards
answer keys
QR code research
interactive notebook flaps
two quizzes that are designed to have similar questions to the End of Year testing for science.

This HUGE unit is designed to completely address the NGSS standard for Middle School Earth Systems:

NGSS MS-ESS2-5. Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions.

From the disciplinary core idea Earth's Systems: ESS2.D Weather and Climate

and Utah SEEd

6.3. 2 Investigate the interactions between air masses that cause changes in weather conditions. Collect and analyze weather data to provide evidence for how air masses flow from regions of high pressure to low pressure causing a change in weather.

Students will love the investigations, informational text passages, slide shows and engaging activities that will help them understand air masses, weather fronts and air pressure and how they affect changes in weather conditions.

NGSS Middle School Science Concepts Include:

Air Pressure


Air Masses

Source Regions

Weather Maps

Weather Fronts

Cold Fronts

Warm Fronts

Occluded Fronts

Stationary Fronts


Explaining based on evidence

Collecting data

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.
Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions. Emphasis is on how air masses flow from regions of high pressure to low pressure, causing weather (defined by temperature, pressure, humidity, precipitation, and wind) at a fixed location to change over time, and how sudden changes in weather can result when different air masses collide. Emphasis is on how weather can be predicted within probabilistic ranges. Examples of data can be provided to students (such as weather maps, diagrams, and visualizations) or obtained through laboratory experiments (such as with condensation). Assessment does not include recalling the names of cloud types or weather symbols used on weather maps or the reported diagrams from weather stations.


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