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. Students learn how models are constructed and work, and learn about layers of Earth's atmosphere and the greenhouse effect.

How Climate Works Layers of the Atmosphere

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

How Weather Works Layers of the Atmosphere

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 compositions (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 provides resources related to the greenhouse effect. It will help you teach how the greenhouse effect warms our planet.

How Climate Works Earth as a System Layers of the Atmosphere

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 hairdryers 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 weather balloons to collect temperature and pressure data at various altitudes.

Layers of the Atmosphere

In 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