Students observe that air under high pressure will move toward a low-pressure area and certain objects in the air’s path may move in the same direction.

Layers of the Atmosphere

In this activity, students move chips representing sunlight, heat, and infrared radiation around a series of boards representing Earth and its atmosphere.

Layers of the Atmosphere How Climate Works

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

Find out how some wavelengths of light are scattered more than others producing blue skies and red sunsets.

Layers of the Atmosphere

Students observe that a change in the temperature of air can impact the size of a bubble placed on a bottle that is cooled and/or heated.

Layers of the Atmosphere

Use jelly beans to compare the compositons (amounts of different gases) of the atmospheres of Earth, Mars and Venus.

Layers of the Atmosphere

Students will observe two scale models of Earth's atmosphere and the layers of the atmosphere to gain an appreciation for the size of the atmosphere compared to the planet Earth.

Layers of the Atmosphere

Students use a model to test actions for staying safe from the Sun's ultraviolet radiation. 

Layers of the Atmosphere

This teaching box will help your students understand how conservation of energy determines the average temperature of a planet, including Earth. These activities also illustrate how the greenhouse effect prevents our home planet from becoming a frozen ball of ice!

Layers of the Atmosphere Earth as a System How Climate Works

This teaching box provides resources related to the greenhouse effect. It will help you teach how the greenhouse effect warms our planet.

Layers of the Atmosphere Earth as a System How Climate Works

Students observe how different materials bend light, and how we can infer the nature of the material based on the amount it bends light rays.

Layers of the Atmosphere

In this activity, students use models to observe that air is a fluid that flows due to temperature-driven density differences.

Layers of the Atmosphere

In this hands-on activity, students explore how temperature affects the behavior of air molecules.

Layers of the Atmosphere

Students learn how to crush a can with only air pressure.

Layers of the Atmosphere

Use plungers to create a vacuum and learn about how air exerts pressure.

Layers of the Atmosphere

Learn about Bernoulli's Principle with hair dryers and ping pong balls!

Layers of the Atmosphere

In this computer-based virtual lab, students will learn about the layers of Earth's atmosphere by launching virtual balloons to collect temperature and pressure data at various altitudes. Given a limited number of balloon flights, students must plan carefully to gather data that generates a good "picture" of the atmosphere’s structure.

Layers of the Atmosphere

IntroductionIn this activity, students will play the roles of various atoms and molecules to help them better understand the formation and destruction of ozone in the stratosphere.

Layers of the Atmosphere