Air takes up space. It's only when air in the bottle escapes that more air is easily added!

Layers of the Atmosphere How Weather Works

Are you in a place where snow falls in winter? If so, try catching snowflakes. Then take a close look. Can you find two snowflakes that look alike?

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Students demonstrate their knowledge of interconnections between natural systems such as weather and climate and the built environment in which they live.

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Students analyze and interpret data on a map of floodplains to assess risk of flooding inform decision making that will mitigate the effects of flooding.

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IntroductionIn this activity, students gather information about atmospheric scientific field projects in order to understand how a research question about the Earth system can be answered by collecting data using many different research platforms and instruments.

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GLOBE Weather is a five-week curriculum unit designed to help middle school students understand weather at local, regional, and global scales.

How Weather Works Storms and Other Weather

On May 20, 2013, a devastating tornado occurred in Moore, Oklahoma. How did the people of Moore work to rebuild their community?

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Students investigate three decades of tornado data through an interactive Story Map from Esri.

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In this activity, students observe how temperature changes can create a weather front, in particular how the mixing of warm and cold air can produce thunderstorms. Water, which behaves very similarly to air, and a density tank are used in this demonstration.

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Using language arts, math, and measurement skills, elementary students explore rainfall data and learn how to measure precipitation through an interactive story. 

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Help your middle school student learn how satellites help make weather forecasts more accurate and how the COSMIC satellites collect data about the atmosphere by measuring bending radio waves.

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In this activity, students will analyze data sets that show how carbon dioxide varies through the atmosphere at different latitudes, altitudes, and different times of year.

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Systems thinking is an important concept across the Earth sciences. In this game, students either are a part of a system or serve as scientists tasked with observing and making sense of the system moving in front of them.

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Students read news articles about Hurricane Irene, present information with classmates, and construct a timeline to describe the hurricane’s story over time and across geographic area, exploring what happened, how people were affected, and how they reacted.

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In this activity, students will build a model to simulate parts of the water cycle. They will be able to recognize and explain the essential elements of the water cycle.

How Weather Works Earth as a System

Students explore the relationship between weather and climate by graphing weather temperature data and comparing with climate averages.

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In this activity, students will compare stories about a weather event from different media sources and different perspectives.

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