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Ch 47: Praxis Middle School Science: Meteorology & Climate

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Get ready for the Praxis Middle School Science exam by watching video lessons on meteorology and climate. Then, take our short quizzes, which will prepare you for the types of questions you'll encounter on the exam.

Praxis Middle School Science: Meteorology & Climate - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter have been developed to help you refresh your knowledge of meteorology and climate before you take the Praxis Middle School Science exam. You'll rediscover topics that will help you answer test questions pertaining to:

  • Identifying components of the Earth's atmosphere
  • Differentiating between weather and climate
  • Defining solar radiation and air lift
  • Describing the significance of the ozone layer
  • Understanding types and causes of floods, cyclones, hurricanes, and other storms
  • Recognizing air masses, fronts, and circulatory patterns of the atmosphere
  • Noting how wind, temperature, clouds, and humidity relate to the atmospheric cycle
  • Understanding types of clouds and their formation
  • Explaining pollution, precipitation, and weather variables

Each lesson provides a comprehensive overview of a topic related to meteorology or climate, enabling you to become totally familiar with these subjects in preparation for the Praxis Middle School Science exam. Using our unique studying approach lets you actively review the content that will appear on the test.

Praxis Middle School Science: Meteorology and Climate Chapter Objectives

Many states use the Praxis Middle School Science test to determine licensing eligibility for prospective middle school science teachers. The topics you'll review in this chapter will be addressed in the Earth and Space Sciences portion of the exam, which will feature about 22 questions and account for approximately 18% of the test. Using the quizzes provided in this chapter will give you an opportunity for self-assessment on meteorology and climate as well as a way to preview the types of questions you may see on the real exam.

The selected-response questions featured on the 125-question exam may prompt you to click on an oval or box, choose an option from a drop-down menu, select a part of a sentence or graphic, drag and drop an answer, or write in your own response as a way to best answer the question provided.

14 Lessons in Chapter 47: Praxis Middle School Science: Meteorology & Climate
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Earth's Atmosphere: Components & Structure

1. Earth's Atmosphere: Components & Structure

After completing this lesson, you will be able to describe the layers of the Earth's atmosphere, what they contain, and the components (gases) that make up the atmosphere. A short quiz will follow.

What is Solar Radiation? - Definition & Effects

2. 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

3. 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.

What is Cloud Formation? - Definition, Types & Process

4. 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

5. 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.

Climate: Classifications, Distribution & Causes

6. Climate: Classifications, Distribution & Causes

After completing this lesson, you will be able to describe the way that we classify climates, how those climates are distributed across the world, and what factors cause those climates. A short quiz will follow.

Acid Rain: Effects & Causes

7. Acid Rain: Effects & Causes

This lesson will focus on the environmental problem known as acid rain. It will also explore the causes and effects of acid rain, how it is measured, and what is being done to reduce it.

What Is Air Pollution? - Definition, Sources & Types

8. 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.

Weather vs. Climate: Definition, Differences & Effects

9. 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.

Factors That Affect Wind: Pressure Gradient Forces, Coriolis Effect & Friction

10. Factors That Affect Wind: Pressure Gradient Forces, Coriolis Effect & Friction

In this video lesson, you will learn about wind and some factors that affect it, such as air temperature and pressure, the Coriolis effect, and friction. By the end of this lesson, you will also understand how Earth's rotation plays a role in how winds travel.

Weather Variables: Air Pressure, Temperature & Density

11. 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.

The General Circulation of the Atmosphere

12. The General Circulation of the Atmosphere

The Sahara Desert, tropical rainforests, and cold polar winds are all due to Earth's rotation. In this video lesson, you will learn how this rotation has created global air circulation patterns on Earth and how it is responsible for such diverse climate patterns across the globe.

Air Masses and Weather Fronts

13. Air Masses and Weather Fronts

After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain what an air mass is, and how the movement of weather fronts leads to weather patterns you see every day. A short quiz will follow.

Extreme Weather: Definition, Facts & Examples

14. Extreme Weather: Definition, Facts & Examples

In this lesson, we will look at some of the most severe weather that occurs in our world. Facts about when and where these weather conditions occur most frequently will also be discussed.

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