Weather and Water - Unit 1
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Weather and Water (Unit 1)
Lab Notebook - Student copies of lab worksheets.
Resource Videos - Helpful for absent students. Watch the 'conducting' investigation segment you missed.
1) What is Weather?
i) Into the Weather
Naming Hurricanes (reading)
ii) Local Weather
Weather Instuments (in class only)
Weather Tools Article
Weather Record Chart (p. 1 of Lab Notebook above)
2) Where’s the Air?
i) The Air Around Us
Air Investigations (top section of p. 3 from Lab Notebook above: if reprinting, bottom half was blank in class)
What's in the Air (reading)
ii) Earth’s Atmosphere
Earth's Atmosphere Questions (p. 5 of Lab Notebook above)
A Thin Blue Veil Scientific Reading
3) Seasons and Sun
i) How Much Sunshine?
Sunrise/Sunset Times for 2000 (p. 7 of Lab Notebook above)
ii) Sun-Earth System
Earth, Moon, and Sun Video
Seasons Informational Text
Seasons animations in cycles tab of FOSSWeb
Season Changes and Response Sheet for Seasons and Sun (p. 9 & 11 of Lab Notebook)
iii) Sun Angle and Solar Heating
Beam Spreading Lab Sheet (p. 13 of Lab Notebook)
Lab Extension (pg. 111 of teacher guide linked to Seasons and Sun heading)
*****Mid-summative Exam 3*****
4) Heat Transfer
i) Heating the Earth
Earth Materials Temperature Chart and Graph (p. 14 & 15 of Lab Notebook)
Lab Write Up for Conduction Investigation Opener
Heat Conduction Lab (p. 17 & 19 of Lab Notebook)
Heating the Atmposphere (Reading)
*****Mid-summative Exam 4*****
i) Density of Fluids
Liquid Layers, Calculating Density, Response Sheet-Convection (pgs. 21, 23, 25 of Lab Notebook)
ii) Convection in Water
Layering Hot and Cold Water Lab (pg. 27 of Lab Notebook)
iii) Convention in Air
Convection Chamber (pg. 29 of Lab Notebook)
Notes are on the back of pg. 29. Draw a thorough and accurate model of convention as in PPT.
*****Mid-summative Exam 5*****
6) Water in the Air
i) Is Water Really There?
ii) Evaporation and Humidity
Relative Humidity Lab (pg. 31 of Lab Notebook)
iii) Condensation and Dew Point
Dew Point Questions (pg.35 of Lab Notebook)
Dragon's Breath (Reading)
iv) Clouds and Precipitation
Pressure/Temperature Demonstration (pg. 37 of Lab Notebook)
Observing Clouds (Reading)
v) Weather Balloons
Weather Balloons and Upper-Air Soundings (Reading)
Weather Balloon Simulation (pg. 39 of Lab Notebook)
Weather Balloon Video via You Tube - Use this link if the HTML is not working
*****Mid-summative Exam 6*****
7) The Water Planet
i) Water-Cycle Game
Earth: The Water Planet (Reading)
ii) Multimedia Water-Cycle Game
If student wishes, he/she may visit online game. Game will not be used in class.
8) Air Pressure and Wind
i) Air Pressure Inquiry
ii) Wind Models
Lab Pages 48-49
iii) Measuring Wind
iv) Pressure Maps
9) Weather and Climate
i) Air Masses
ii) Air Masses and Weather Maps
Video Clip: National Geographic "Climate and Weather"
iv) Global Warming
End of investigation PAT Activity (provided ny Fred Jones/Tools for Teaching) with content modifications.