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Below is a sample breakdown of the Earth & Planet Atmospheres 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||Atmospheric gas||Thermal escape, permanent loss processes, and the processes involved in the loss or gain of atmospheric gases|
|Tuesday||Earth's atmosphere||Outgassed, photosynthesis, air, ozone layer, atmospheric evolution, impacts of pollution, UV radiation, and carbon dioxide|
|Wednesday||Mars: Atmosphere and the surface||Dry ice, shield volcanoes, water on Mars, atmospheric composition, life on Mars, Mariner Valley, and crust composition|
|Thursday||Venus: Atmosphere and the surface||Greenhouse effect, lack of plate tectonics, Venus's subsurface, high carbon dioxide levels, extreme temperatures, and dangerous atmospheric chemicals|
|Friday||Mercury: Atmosphere and the surface||Lobate scarps, radius, differentiation, thin atmosphere, and the vast range of temperature variation|
1. The Gain or Loss of Atmospheric Gas
This lesson will discuss how a planet's atmosphere is formed, how it is shaped by the planet's characteristics, and how it evolves with time. Afterwards, you can take a short quiz to test your knowledge of planetary atmospheres.
2. The Atmosphere on Earth
This lesson describes the evolution of the Earth's atmosphere, from its ancient past to the present day to how it's being changed by humans today. You'll learn about how outgassing, photosynthesis, and oceans all played a role in its formation, what air is composed of, and the real effect of human pollution on our changing atmosphere.
3. The Surface & Atmosphere on Mars
One little mistranslation spawned generations worth of theories about life on Mars. But is there any real evidence for the possibility of life on Mars? What is the Martian atmosphere and surface really like? Can it support life? Find out in this lesson.
4. The Surface & Atmosphere on Venus
This lesson will discuss the terrible atmosphere located on Venus, as well as its surface features and how the planet differs from Earth's geologic processes.
5. The Surface & Atmosphere on Mercury
This lesson will describe the planet Mercury's surface components and how they came to be as the planet formed. It will also go into the planet's interior and atmosphere.
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