By: William R. Veal and Robert A. Cohen
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Project Earth Science: Meteorology, Revised 2nd Edition
|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
|Publication Title:||Project Earth Science Series
|Grade Level:||Elementary School, Middle School, High School
|Read Inside:||Read a sample chapter: Weather Watch
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Can your students—
• Track a hurricane?
• Illustrate the inside of a thunderstorm?
• Describe the basics of urban air quality?
• Make rain fall on their desks?
Project Earth Science: Meteorology, Revised 2nd Edition, involves students in activities that focus on the origin and composition of Earth’s atmosphere, factors that contribute to weather, and the concept of air masses and how they interact to produce weather. With 19 hands-on, teacher-tested classroom activities, 11 background readings, and a supplemental resource guide, this new edition provides teachers and students with the necessary tools to bring the atmosphere right into the classroom—without blowing the budget. The self-directed activities and corresponding readings include making clouds and hail; building weather maps; and investigating the causes of smog, ozone depletion, and acid rain. Whether exploring basic principles or following real-world examples, students will agree that discovering how weather works can be fun!
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Global climate change
Scientific habits of mind
Using scientific equipment
|Intended User Role:||Elementary-Level Educator, High-School Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Inquiry learning, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
Additions and Changes to Revised 2nd Edition
About Project Earth Science: Meteorology
Creating Scientific Knowledge
Observing and the Problem of Variables and Predicting
Getting Ready for Classroom Instruction
Project Earth Science: Meteorology and the National Science
Safety in the Classroom Practices
Standards Organizational Matrix
Activities at a Glance Matrix
Activity 1 Weather Watch
Activity 2 Making Gas
Activity 3 The Pressure’s On
Activity 4 The Percentage of Oxygen in the Atmosphere
Activity 5 It’s in the Air
Activity 6 Why Is It Hotter at the Equator Than at the Poles?
Activity 7 Which Gets Hotter: Light or Dark Surfaces?
Activity 8 Up, Up, and Away!
Activity 9 Why Winds Whirl Worldwide
Activity 10 Recycled Water: The Hydrologic Cycle
Activity 11 Rainy Day Tales
Activity 12 A Cloud in a Jar
Activity 13 Just Dew It!
Activity 14 Let’s Make Frost
Activity 15 It’s All Relative!
Activity 16 Moving Masses
Activity 17 Interpreting Weather Maps
Activity 18 Water Can Be Supercool!
Activity 19 Riding the Wave of a Hurricane
Reading 1 Earth’s Atmosphere
Reading 2 El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO)
Reading 3 The Facts About Ozone
Reading 4 Air Pollution and Environmental Equity
Reading 5 Weather and the Redistribution of Thermal Energy
Reading 6 Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect
Reading 7 Environmental Effects of Acid Rain
Reading 8 Weather’s Central Actor: Water
Reading 9 The Inner Workings of Severe Weather
Reading 10 Flash to Bang
Reading 11 Scales in Meteorology
About the Authors
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- Physical Science
- Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism
- Light can be reflected by a mirror, refracted by a lens, or absorbed by the object. (K-4)
- Earth Science
- Properties of earth materials
- Earth materials are solid rocks and soils, water, and the gases of the atmosphere.
- Objects in the sky
- The sun provides the light and heat necessary to maintain the temperature of the earth.
- Changes in earth and sky
- Weather can be described by measurable quantities, such as temperature, wind direction and speed, and precipitation.
- Structure of the earth system
- Water, which covers the majority of the earth's surface, circulates through the crust, oceans, and atmosphere in what is known as the "water cycle." (5-8)
- Water evaporates from the earth's surface, rises and cools as it moves to higher elevations, condenses as rain or snow, and falls to the surface where it collects in lakes, oceans, soil, and in rocks underground. (5-8)
- The atmosphere has different properties at different elevations. (5-8)
- Clouds, formed by the condensation of water vapor, affect weather and climate. (5-8)
- Global patterns of atmospheric movement influence local weather. (5-8)
- Oceans have a major effect on climate, because water in the oceans holds a large amount of heat. (5-8)
- Earth in the solar system
- The sun is the major source of energy for phenomena on the earth's surface, such as growth of plants, winds, ocean currents, and the water cycle. (5-8)
- Energy in the earth system
- The sun is the major external source of energy. (9-12)
- Global climate is determined by energy transfer from the sun at and near the earth's surface. (9-12)
- The greenhouse effect is the warming effect on the air caused by heat rising from the surface of the Earth and being trapped by gases in the troposphere. (9-12)
- Science as Inquiry
- Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
- Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
- Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence.
- Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations.
- Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
- Changes in environments
- Pollution is a change in the environment that can influence the health, survival, or activities of organisms, including humans.
- Natural hazards
- Internal and external processes of the earth system cause natural hazards (disasters), events that change or destroy human and wildlife habitats, damage property, and harm or kill humans. (5-8)
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