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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)

Logarithms are very handy when dealing with numbers at different scales but they are also useful helping us average measurements of physical phenomena that have nonlinear behavior. In this example, students learn about cloud albedo and calculating... (View More)

Keywords: Clouds
Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

Atmospheric scientists use computer models to forecast the position of a moving volcanic cloud, and remote sensing can identify its components, including gases and aerosols. This resource provides ideas for classroom investigation of these topics,... (View More)

Keywords: Aviation hazards

This is a model for students to assemble, aimed at enhancing their knowledge of NASA spacecraft and scientific facts. The cover contains background information about the Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) mission as... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free