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Weather Reading Passages - Questions - Annotations | Weather & Climate

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Weather and Climate Worksheets - Reading Comprehension Passages, Questions, and Annotations

It contains 6 Engaging, Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension Passages with Directions for Student Annotations! Reading Comprehension Questions also included!

Questions & Answer Keys for Each of the 6 Reading Passages!


Aligned with Weather and Climate Interactive Notebook (not required to use this resource, but recommended)


1.) Weather and Clouds Types

-Definition of weather (state of the atmosphere at a given place or time)

-Words you would use to describe weather (stormy, rainy, partly cloudy, etc.)

-How weather is created (energy from the sun – clouds, wind, precipitation are all a result from uneven heating – weather formed in the troposphere layer of the atmosphere (lowest layer))

-Overview of different types of clouds and definitions: cumulus, stratocumulus, cumulonimbus, cirrus, stratus

Keywords: weather, clouds, tropospheric layer, cumulus, stratocumulus, cumulonimbus, cirrus, stratus

2.) Climate and its Zones

-Definition of climate (conditions of atmosphere for longer period)

-Words you would use to describe climate (humid, temperature, tropical, etc.)

-Climate zones, how they work and the differences in location and climate

-Overview and facts about Polar Zone

-Overview and facts about Temperate Zone

-Overview and facts about Tropical Zone

Keywords: climate, climate zones, humidity, polar zone, temperate zone, polar zone

3.) Weather and Climate Instruments

-Quick overview of how and why different types of instruments are used to measure weather and climate

Definitions and overviews of the following instruments: barometer, thermometer, weather balloon, and rain gauge

Keywords: barometer, thermometer, weather balloon, rain gauge

4.) Extreme Weather

What causes extreme weather (heat from the sun – extremely high and low pressure) and global warming

-definition of extreme weather (extremely different from usually weather patterns.) Destructive, can be hotter, colder, wetter, windier, etc.

Types of extreme weather

-Flooding / Monsoons


-Dust Storm and Tornadoes


-Heat Wave

-Snow Storms

5.) Global Warming and Its Effects

-What global warming is and what is contributing to it (human activity, relying on fossil fuels – construction, transportation, and electricity burning fossil fuels and using up energy)

-Overview of vehicle contributions to global warming (large emissions of carbon dioxide)

-Overview of deforestation (releasing large amounts of carbon and reduces carbon capture)

-Overview of the greenhouse effect (gases in the air that trap energy from the sun)

-Overview of chemical fertilizers (nitrogen oxides trap heat)

-Overview of power plants burning fossil fuels

Keywords: Global Warming, greenhouse effect, deforestation, fossil fuels, carbon dioxide

6.) The Earth’s Atmosphere

-Overview of the atmosphere, definition, made up of 5 layers, each with their own traits.

-troposphere (first layer closest to earth, where nearly all weather occurs)

-stratosphere (contains ozone layer and is above the troposphere)

-mesosphere (third layer - burns up meteors and asteroids)

-thermosphere (fourth layer – air is very thin, many satellites orbit in this layer)

-exosphere (outermost layer – incredibly thin air, “leaks out” into outer space – no specific boundaries into outer space)

Keywords: atmosphere, troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, exosphere


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient to support the claims.
Compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).


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