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Learning Sequence 3

Worldwide Weather

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 Adobe PDF file
    • 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 Adobe PDF file
    • Each lesson has activity sheets that you can download separately (see below), or you can download all of the activity sheets used in a learning sequence using the link above.
  • Powerpoints
    • Powerpoint slides have been developed for each section of the curriculum to help organize and guide your students through lessons and activities.
  • Summative Assessments Adobe PDF file
    • 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

Lesson Resources

Lesson 12


How do storms move around the world?

Lesson 12 Student Activity Sheets Adobe PDF file

Links used in Lesson 12

Lesson 13


Why is it hotter at the equator than other places on Earth?

Lesson 13 Student Activity Sheets Adobe PDF file

GLOBE Temperature and Latitude Data Cards Adobe PDF file

Annual Mean Temperature Graphic

Lesson 14


How and why does air move in the tropics?

Lesson 14 Student Activity Sheets Adobe PDF file

Links used in Lesson 14

Lesson 14 Virtual Resources

Lesson 15


When air and storms move, why do they curve?

Lesson 15 Student Activity Sheets Adobe PDF file

Links used in Lesson 15