Weather and Climate Unit Plan

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Is lesson planning just too much on top of teaching on top of grading on top of classroom management on top of *ahem* living your life?  Get all the guidance you need to teach a comprehensive, no-prep weather & climate unit either in person, hybrid, or virtual with my all inclusive unit bundle!

 

This unit guide will save you time, engage your students, and wow your administrators! Unit overview, NGSS standards, and a pacing guide are all included with links to relevant resources to make planning a breeze.

 

This free unit guide covers: 

  • Enduring understandings
  • NGSS Standards
  • A brief description of all resources included in this bundle
  • Suggested pacing
  • Key vocabulary with definitions
  • Additional resources

 

Who is this resource for?

This resource can be used by classroom teachers, tutors, and parents of students in grades 6-9.

 

This resource is ideal for teachers who teach in person, online, or hybrid. Digital versions are included with all resources to make lesson planning a breeze!

 

How do I teach this unit? 

Download the full unit that corresponds to this unit here.

 

Topics covered in this unit include:

  • Density & Convection Currents
  • Wind
  • Air Masses & Fronts
  • Weather Prediction
  • Ocean Currents

 

Key Features of this Unit:

  • Can be implemented in person, hybrid, or virtual
  • Several engaging Google Slides lessons
  • Several guided reading resources for homework or class practice
  • Project based learning
  • Formative and summative assessment

 

What’s Included?

This unit guide is a downloadable PDF.

 

Please take a look at the individual product preview files to see more of the resources included in this bundle.

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NGSS STANDARDS COVERED BY THIS WEATHER AND CLIMATE UNIT PLAN:

NGSSMS-ESS2-4
Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity. Emphasis is on the ways water changes its state as it moves through the multiple pathways of the hydrologic cycle. Examples of models can be conceptual or physical. A quantitative understanding of the latent heats of vaporization and fusion is not assessed.
NGSSMS-ESS2-6
Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates. Emphasis is on how patterns vary by latitude, altitude, and geographic land distribution. Emphasis of atmospheric circulation is on the sunlight-driven latitudinal banding, the Coriolis effect, and resulting prevailing winds; emphasis of ocean circulation is on the transfer of heat by the global ocean convection cycle, which is constrained by the Coriolis effect and the outlines of continents. Examples of models can be diagrams, maps and globes, or digital representations. Assessment does not include the dynamics of the Coriolis effect.
NGSSMS-ESS2-5
Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions. Emphasis is on how air masses flow from regions of high pressure to low pressure, causing weather (defined by temperature, pressure, humidity, precipitation, and wind) at a fixed location to change over time, and how sudden changes in weather can result when different air masses collide. Emphasis is on how weather can be predicted within probabilistic ranges. Examples of data can be provided to students (such as weather maps, diagrams, and visualizations) or obtained through laboratory experiments (such as with condensation). Assessment does not include recalling the names of cloud types or weather symbols used on weather maps or the reported diagrams from weather stations.

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