Ch 59: Weather - ORELA Middle Grades General Science

About This Chapter

Strengthen your knowledge of weather to improve your chances of succeeding on the ORELA Middle Grades General Science assessment. Watch video lessons to get reacquainted with climate, weather variables, air masses and more.

Weather - ORELA Middle Grades General Science - Chapter Summary

The short lessons in this chapter are designed to help you rediscover weather concepts as you prepare for the ORELA assessment. Upon completion of this chapter, you will have the knowledge to:

  • Discuss the differences between weather and climate
  • Explain factors that impact wind and describe weather variables
  • List the types of air masses and their effect on weather
  • Describe weather front types
  • Identify weather forecasting methods and types
  • Detail types of weather maps and images
  • Explain past climates and climate change

The lessons condense weeks of class time into videos that average 10 minutes. Exploring these videos can simplify the process of preparing for the exam by giving you an efficient and comprehensive review of weather.

Weather - ORELA Middle Grades General Science Chapter Objectives

In Oregon, the ORELA Middle Grades General Science assessment ensures educators are able to secure the licensure they need to teach the subject in the middle grades classroom. In this chapter, you can explore topics found in the Earth and Space Science content domain of the exam, which constitutes approximately 25% of the total test.

All of the questions on the computer-based assessment are multiple-choice. Use the quiz with each lesson to get practice with questions similar in format and content to those you'll see on the exam. A chapter exam is also available to ensure you fully understand weather. These resources get you closer to your goal of earning a passing score of 228 or higher on the exam.

8 Lessons in Chapter 59: Weather - ORELA Middle Grades General Science
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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.

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

2. 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

3. 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.

Types of Air Masses & Their Effect on Weather

4. Types of Air Masses & Their Effect on Weather

Air masses affect weather in a number of different ways. In this lesson, you will learn about the different types of air masses found on Earth and how the movement of air masses creates changes in the weather.

Understanding Weather Fronts: Types & Their Effect on Weather

5. Understanding Weather Fronts: Types & Their Effect on Weather

In this video lesson you will learn about how air masses with different characteristics create weather fronts. You will also identify the different types of fronts, as well as what type of weather occurs along them.

Identifying & Describing Weather Forecasting Methods & Types

6. Identifying & Describing Weather Forecasting Methods & Types

Humans have been trying to predict the weather for a very, very long time. So, what methods have we come up with? In this lesson, we'll look at four different methods of weather forecasting and see how each is used to predict the future.

Types of Weather Maps & Images

7. Types of Weather Maps & Images

Ever think that weather forecasters just make up their predictions? While they don't always get it right, weather forecasters have a great deal of information at their disposal, as this lesson demonstrates.

Past Climates & Climate Change

8. Past Climates & Climate Change

Climate change is a big topic nowadays, but why? In this lesson, we are going to explore the changing climate throughout Earth's history and see why the current change is such a big deal.

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