Why do storms move in predictable patterns around the world?
Students zoom out to explore how and why storms move around the world due to atmospheric circulation caused by the uneven heating of the Earth.
- Teacher Guide
- Designed to guide you through each section of the curriculum by providing step-by-step instructions for lessons, sample videos of activities, background science content, and NGSS connections.
- All Student Activity Sheets for Lessons 12-15
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- Powerpoint slides have been developed for each section of the curriculum to help organize and guide your students through lessons and activities.
- Summative Assessments
- Each learning sequence includes a corresponding summative assessment with answer keys; these assessments allow you to make sense of student learning, identify productive thinking, and identify incomplete or inaccurate ideas.
- GLOBE Connections
- For each learning sequence, we have developed GLOBE Connections that include ideas for student research and environmental explorations that utilize GLOBE protocols, the GLOBE Visualization Tool, and connect with GLOBE schools from around the world.
Additional background information
- What Is the Coriolis Effect?
- Seasons and Why the Equator is Warmer than the Poles
- What causes the seasons?
- Heat from the Earth's Interior Does Not Control Climate
- Science Talk Video: Global Atmospheric Circulation
- This video was created for teacher background information and workshop purposes (not as a visual tool for your students).
STORMS ON THE MOVE
How do storms move around the world?
Links used in Lesson 12
- Time-lapse of North American storm movement: March to April (2 minutes)
- Time-lapse of North American storm movement: January to February (2 minutes)
- NASA global rainfall and snowfall video
Why is it hotter at the equator than other places on Earth?
AIR MOVEMENT IN THE TROPICS
How and why does air move in the tropics?
Links used in Lesson 14
- NASA global rainfall and snowfall video (optional)
Lesson 14 Virtual Resources
- Convection Demonstration video (1.5 minutes)
When air and storms move, why do they curve?