Ch 81: MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Earth's Atmosphere, Weather & Climate

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Let us help you prepare for the MTEL Mathematics/Science (Middle School) assessment with this exploration of the Earth's atmosphere, weather and climate. Review short videos that examine solar radiation, humidity, cloud formation and more.

MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Earth's Atmosphere, Weather & Climate - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter can ensure you're ready to address the Earth's atmosphere, weather and climate on the MTEL Mathematics/Science (Middle School) assessment. Get reacquainted with the subject area so you're ready to:

  • Define solar radiation, and discuss temperature, clouds, wind and humidity in the atmospheric cycle
  • Examine the mechanisms of heat transfer and define humidity and cloud formation
  • Share the processes of air lift and the types and formation of precipitation
  • Identify climate classifications and their global distribution
  • Describe the natural factors that determine a region's climate
  • Discuss global warming, the ozone layer and air pollution
  • Explain greenhouse gases and the enhanced greenhouse effect

You can tailor the lessons to suit your studying needs by determining which you need to study most and reviewing those first. Watch the lessons in any sequence and as often as needed until you've absorbed the information in this chapter.

MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Earth's Atmosphere, Weather & Climate Objectives

Topics in these lessons prepare you to answer questions related to the Earth's atmosphere, weather and climate in the earth and space science subarea of the MTEL Mathematics/Science (Middle School) assessment. This subarea is found in the multiple-choice section and constitutes about 8% of the total test. In addition to watching video lessons, you can review full transcripts with easy-to-find vocabulary words to study for the test. Short quizzes are available to reinforce concepts learned in the lessons.

The assessment consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response assignments. Earning a passing score of 240 or more can ensure you acquire the licensure you need to teach math and science to middle school students in Massachusetts.

13 Lessons in Chapter 81: MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Earth's Atmosphere, Weather & Climate
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What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & Effects

1. What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & Effects

The sun plays an important role to us on Earth. It provides many things such as light and warmth. But, what is solar radiation and how does it affect us? In this video lesson, you'll learn about solar radiation, how it allows us to survive, and the influence it has on our global climate.

Temperature, Clouds, Wind & Humidity on the Atmospheric Cycle

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.

Mechanisms of Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection & Radiation

3. Mechanisms of Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection & Radiation

There are three main ways that heat is transferred between substances or objects. In this video lesson you'll learn about each one, and identify the differences between them.

What is Humidity? - Definition, Measurements & Effects

4. What is Humidity? - Definition, Measurements & Effects

Humidity is an important aspect of the atmosphere because it affects both weather and climate. In this video lesson you will learn about the different types of humidity and understand how temperature affects water vapor in the air.

What is Cloud Formation? - Definition, Types & Process

5. What is Cloud Formation? - Definition, Types & Process

There are many different types of clouds that form in the sky. In this video lesson you will learn about how clouds form, as well as the different types of clouds and how they are classified.

Air Lift: Definition & Processes

6. Air Lift: Definition & Processes

In this video lesson, you will learn about air lift. You will also identify the different ways air is lifted, as well as some of the effects each mechanism has.

What is Precipitation? - Definition, Types & Formation

7. What is Precipitation? - Definition, Types & Formation

Precipitation comes in many forms, but it all comes from the same general process. In this video lesson you will identify different types of precipitation, as well as how precipitation forms in the atmosphere from condensation.

Climate Classifications & Their Global Distribution

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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.

What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types

13. What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types

In this video lesson, you will learn about the sources and types of air pollution. You will be able to identify the six classes of air pollutants identified by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air Act of 1970.

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