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In this problem-based learning scenario, students are challenged to plan concert locations for their favorite musical artists, using TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) satellite data and other resources to locate regions at risk for extreme... (View More)

In this online, interactive module, students learn about the using successive satellite observations of clouds to determine wind direction and speed. The module is part of an online course for grades 7-12 in satellite meteorology, which includes 10... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

In this activity, the teacher sets up three simulated clouds representing three different cloud types. Students use different methods to estimate precipitation contents of each cloud type. Each method is roughly analogous to methods actually used... (View More)

Using this worksheet as a guide, students conduct research to learn about the structure of the atmosphere. They draw a diagram, and identify the boundaries between the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, and exosphere. A set of... (View More)

On this worksheet, students examine a diagram of global winds and learn the position of the prevailing westerlies, the polar easterlies, the trade winds, the horse latitudes and the doldrums, and that together, the uneven heating of the planet by... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free

In this activity, students investigate the interacting parts of the Earth system by observing changes in evaporation rate in four small aquariums with different initial conditions. The demonstration requires 4 small aquariums, soil, plants, water,... (View More)

In this hands-on activity, students build a physical model of the atmosphere using paper disks, then use the model to learn the structure of the atmosphere and the scientific terms used to describe the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere,... (View More)

Students watch or read a weather report, and draw the position of the jet stream on a map. This worksheet includes questions that help students learn the role of the jet stream in the generation of weather in the continental U.S. The resource is... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free per student

Using this worksheet, students learn to differentiate between wind speeds by using the Beaufort Scale of Wind Force. They are presented with a table describing the Beaufort scale, and then assign the appropriate scale to different weather events... (View More)

Keywords: Wind vectors
Audience: Elementary school
Materials Cost: Free

This classroom demonstration employs a jar, milk and a flashlight as a model system to demonstrate that light maintains its direction of motion until it interacts with an object or substance, and how atmospheric aerosols scatter light. The resource... (View More)