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Introduction to the Atmosphere Activities

Grade
Level

Time

1.

The Goldilocks Principle: A Model of Atmospheric Gases

Student Guide

6 to 9
  • Introduction: 30 minutes
  • Student model-building: 30 minutes
  • Discussion/assessment: 30 minutes

2.

How High Does the Atmosphere Go?

6 to 9

  • Part 1: 30 minutes
  • Part 2: 15 minutes to set up the model

3.

It's Just a Phase: Water as a Solid, Liquid, and Gas

6 to 9

  • Introduction: 20 minutes
  • Student model building: 30 minutes
  • Discussion: 15 minutes

4.

The Water Cycle

Student Guide

6 to 9
  • Introduction: 30 minutes
  • Activity as demonstration: 30 minutes
  • Activity as group project: 45 minutes
  • Discussion: 20 minutes

5.

Atmospheric Processes - Radiation

Student Guide

 5 to 9
  • Introduction: 10 minutes
  • Student activity: 40 minutes
  • Discussion/evaluation: 20 minutes

6.

Atmospheric Processes - Conduction

 5 to 7

  • 30 minutes

7.

Atmospheric Processes - Convection

Student Guide

5 to 9 
  • Part 1
    • Introduction: 15 minutes
    • Student activity: 30 minutes
  • Part 2
    • Instructions: 10 minutes
    • Student activity: 20 minutes