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Ch 9: Climate Influences Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Climate Influences chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about weather and climate in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Climate Influences 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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Weather and climate
Weather variables
Differences and commonalities between weather and climate
High and low pressure, temperature, adiabatic processes, air masses, density
Tuesday Climate classifications and change
Climate change
Koppen Climate Classification system, major climate types and where they are found
Factors related to climate change including changes in Earth's orbit and changes in greenhouse gases
Wednesday Natural factors that determine climate
Global warming
Atmosphere, orographic effect, rain shadow
Natural and manmade causes of global warming and the impact on climate
Thursday The ozone layer
The greenhouse effect
Causes and effect of ozone depletion in Earth's atmosphere, chlorofluorocarbons, Montreal Protocol of 1987
Five main greenhouse gases, the enhanced greenhouse effect
Friday GlaciationCauses of glaciation, ice age, the Milankovitch theory

9 Lessons in Chapter 9: Climate Influences Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Weather vs. Climate: Definition, Differences & Effects

1. Weather vs. Climate: Definition, Differences & Effects

This video lesson will guide you in understanding the difference between climate and weather. Discover how they are different but related and how they are the ways you can describe atmospheric conditions on Earth.

Weather Variables: Air Pressure, Temperature & Density

2. Weather Variables: Air Pressure, Temperature & Density

Weather is influenced by a number of factors. In this lesson, you will learn about three key variables that control weather and how they work together to do so.

Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution

3. Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution

Earth has many climates, but we can categorize them based on common characteristics. In this video lesson you will identify the 5 major climate classifications on Earth, as well as where on Earth these climates are found.

Natural Factors That Determine a Region's Climate

4. 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.

Global Warming: Atmospheric Causes and Effect on Climate

5. 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.

The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

6. The Ozone Layer: Importance and the Harmful Effects of Thinning

In this lesson, you will learn the importance of the ozone layer and how it is depleted. You will also study the research and policy that has been instrumental in its recovery.

Greenhouse Gases and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

7. Greenhouse Gases and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

In this video lesson, you will learn about the five main greenhouse gases and how their unnaturally high concentrations are leading to the enhanced greenhouse effect and global climate change on Earth.

Causes of Glaciation

8. Causes of Glaciation

Glaciation refers to being covered with glaciers. Learn about the theories behind glaciation, including the changing continental positions and the Milankovitch theory, which points to three orbital variations: eccentricity, obliquity and precession, in this lesson.

Factors Involved in Climate Change

9. Factors Involved in Climate Change

Our Earth's climate has changed many times in her 4.5 billion year lifetime. Discover the multiple factors that influence these changes and test your understanding with a short quiz.

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