Unit: Meteorology

David Kujawski Bird Middle East Walpole, MA
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Unit Description

This unit will focus on using demonstrations and inquiry to understand the scientific principles involved in meteorology. Connections to principles, such as, density, energy, heat transfer, and pressure will be made and students will gain a meaningful way to apply science in their lives. We can't escape weather! This is a great unit to end the year with, as the weather changes students are interested in why. This unit attempts to have them figure things out for themselves.


Unit overview and assessments

To explain and clarify the use of Do Now (starter activities) and formative assessments in each lesson.

Does air have mass and volume? Resources: 4

YWBAT: Perform classroom activities to determine if air has mass and volume.

The composition and importance of Earth's atmosphere Resources: 3

YWBAT: 1.) Describe the composition of Earth's atmosphere 2.) Explain the role of Earth's atmosphere

The relationship between altitude and air pressure Resources: 8

YWBAT: 1) State and explain the relationship between altitude and air pressure 2) State and explain the relationship between altitude and temperature

The Air Up There: Applying our understanding of air pressure to climbing Mt. Everest Resources: 3

YWBAT: 1) State the factors that cause altitude sickness by applying your knowledge of air pressure

Absorbance of heat for land and sea (1-2 days) Resources: 1

YWBAT: 1) Predict and determine the rates of heating and cooling of sand and water

Hot air balloons and types of heat transfer Resources: 3

YWBAT: 1) Explain how a hot air balloon works 2) Identify the 3 ways that heat energy is transferred

The Formation of Wind (Land and sea breezes) Resources: 4

YWBAT: 1)Determine the factors that lead to wind formation 2)Describe the causes of land and sea breezes

Wind formation: tying it all together Resources: 2

YWBAT: 1.) State and explain the relationship between heat transfer, unequal heating of earth, characteristics of warm and cold air, and pressure variation in the formation of winds.

Phase Changes and The Water Cycle Resources: 3

YWBAT: 1.) State the role of thermal energy in phase changes 2.) Apply your understanding of phase changes in creating a poster of the water cycle


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