The Sun as a Source of Energy for Winds, Currents & the Water Cycle


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What is wind?

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1. How does the sun power the wind?

2. In which direction do ocean currents travel?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You most likely know, at the very least, that the sun gives of heat to the Earth. But you may not be aware of the specific ways in which the sun's energy affects the Earth's weather and water systems. This assessment will go over some facts pertaining to the sun as an energy source. Some things you'll be tested on include how the sun powers wind and the water cycle.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

A few topics assessed in the quiz are:

  • The definition of wind
  • How the sun powers wind
  • The direction in which ocean currents travel
  • The definition of the water cycle
  • How the sun powers the water cycle

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure that you can recall the basic information pertaining to the sun as an energy source, and the specific effects the sun's power has on the Earth
  • Defining key concepts - check to ensure that you can accurately define some key terminology relevant to the effects of the sun's energy, such as wind and water cycle
  • Knowledge application - after having defined the aforementioned terms, apply your knowledge of the sun's power to identify the ways in which the sun influences these types of phenomena on Earth

Additional Learning

Take a look at corresponding lesson called The Sun as a Source of Energy for Winds, Currents & The Water Cycle for more information on the sun. These are some topics the lesson goes over:

  • The sun's energy
  • The effect of the sun on winds
  • Ocean currents and the sun
  • The sun's effect on the water cycle