About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Atmospheric Sciences 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 atmospheric cycle||The effects of temperature, air pressure, humidity, cloudiness and wind on the weather|
|Tuesday||Regional climate||The influences of air circulation, atmospheric composition, heat distribution and landforms on a region's climate|
|Wednesday||Global warming||The greenhouse effect, human and animal causes of greenhouse gases, warming trends in the Earth's temperature|
|Thursday||The nitrogen cycle||The conversion of nitrogen gas into ammonia by nitrogen-fixing bacteria, the assimilation process|
|Friday||The carbon cycle||The roles of photosynthesis, respiration, combustion and decomposition in cycling carbon through the biosphere and atmosphere|
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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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