The Atmosphere

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:   Integrated Science                  

 Grade:   10

Unit:  13 The Atmosphere (9.11)                              

 Pacing:   3 weeks

Essential Question(s):

  1. Why does temperature change when you travel between the layers of the atmosphere?
  2. How do meteorologists predict the weather ?
  3. Why are some areas rainier than others?

Big Idea(s):

  1. The temperature changes in each layer of the atmosphere because of the different characteristics of each layer..
  2. Various weather factors can be determined through direct measurement or calculation.
  3. Precipitation is affected by geography, latitude, and the origin of the air mass.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

Describe the composition and structure of the atmosphere.

Analyze how different geographic formations affect precipitation

 

Describe various properties at different layers of the atmosphere 

 

Measure and calculate moisture in the atmosphere.

 

Compare and contrast land and sea breezes

 

Identify factors affecting moisture at various levels of the atmosphere

 

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

Composition and structure of atmosphere

Geographic effect on precipitation

Describe

Analyze

 

2

 4

 

 

 

 

 

Instructional Planning

 

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Smart board

United Streaming

Text/notes

PowerPoint

Readings

Lab equipment

 

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Interactive use of technology

Graphic organizers

Direct instruction

Cooperative group work

Hands-on learning

Demonstration

 

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

Atmosphere

Evaporation

Condensation

Precipitation

Humidity

Specific Humidity

Relativity Humidity

Saturation

Psychrometer

Dew

Frost

Fog

Rain

Snow

Sleet

Hail

Windward

Leeward

Land breeze

Sea breeze

Determining relative humidity with psychrometers

Condensation lab

Measuring dew point lab

 

Weather patterns and human populations