About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Atmospheric Science chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||The dynamic earth||Lithosphere, earthquakes, faults, tsunamis, volcanoes, hot spots, seismologists|
|Tuesday||Temperature, clouds, wind and humidity||Weather, air pressure, cloudiness and the other influential factors|
|Wednesday||Natural factors determining a region's climate||Atmosphere, greenhouse effect, heat distribution|
|Thursday||Global warming||Greenhouse effect and gases, increase in average temperature of earth's atmosphere, fluctuation|
|Friday||Cycles of matter||Recycling, photosynthesis, respiration, combustion, nitrogen|
1. The Dynamic Earth: Internal & External Forces that Shape Earth's Surface
There are many geologic processes that shape the surface of the Earth. Not only do they build and destroy a variety of landscapes, but they also give us clues to the interior of the Earth and the forces that exist there.
2. Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric Cycle
Weather is the current state of the atmosphere and is determined by factors like temperature, pressure and humidity. These factors that cause periodic changes in the Earth's air masses are explored in this lesson.
3. Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate
Climate is influenced by factors like atmosphere, ocean currents, landforms and plate tectonics. This lesson explains how these effects affect our weather patterns, which determine climate.
4. Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate
Global warming is a multifaceted, complex issue. It involves both natural and human causes that can increase the amount of greenhouse gases. This lesson looks at some of the facts about global warming and how they could contribute to climate change.
5. Cycles of Matter: The Nitrogen Cycle and the Carbon Cycle
Matter is constantly cycled between living and nonliving parts of the environment. Processes like photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation allow the carbon and nitrogen cycles to regenerate needed substances by recycling Earth's atoms.
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