Earth’s weather and climates have influenced and continues to influence daily human events as well as human history. We are inundated daily with accounts of weather, both good and bad. Our daily activities depend, a great deal, on the weather. Weather phenomenon, such as hurricanes, floods and tornadoes have caused loss of life and damage of property. Loss of food crops has resulted from drought or extremes of temperature. We cannot fly a plane, have soldiers jump out of planes, or, for that matter, fight a war without consulting meteorologists to see what the weather is supposed to be on any given day. The Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War were planned according to the weather. The weather helped bring Allied victory on the Russian front during World War II. This class is designed to introduce you to the basic factors of weather/meteorology and to engage your natural curiosity in it. I hope you will find this course interesting as well as challenging.
This class was designed around the Internet like our daily activities are designed around the weather. Simple meteorological observations are interwoven with online based assignments, mapping activities, data gathering and graphing activities, and writing assignments to introduce students to the many facets of weather.
We will address questions such as:
What is climate change?
What might be causing it?
How does location affect temperature and precipitation?
What causes thunderstorms?
Why do most weather systems move from west to east in the United States?
Why do some not move that way?
What can we do to prepare for potential weather disasters?
Why are there more people killed by lightning in Florida than in any other place in the U.S.?
Which weather sayings are true and which are nonsense?
Do the cows really lie down when it's going to rain?
Where is "Tornado Alley"? Why is it there?
Why does it feel hotter when the temperature is 93 degrees with high humidity levels than it does when it's 93 degrees and low humidity?
Join us to find out the answers to these and many other questions related to weather.
*This course may be appropriate for Gifted and Talented middle school students that meet all course prerequisites.*
- Understand the basic features of the Earth.
- Know the major external and internal sources of energy on Earth.
- Know that weather and climate involve the transfer of energy in and out of the atmosphere.
- Know how winds and ocean currents are produced on the Earth's surface (e.g., effects of unequal heating of the Earth's land masses, oceans, and air by the Sun; effects of gravitational forces acting on layers of different temperatures and densities in the oceans and air; effects of the rotation of the Earth).
- Understand the nature of scientific inquiry.
- Understand the use of hypotheses in science (e.g., selecting and narrowing the focus of data, determining additional data to be gathered; guiding the interpretation of data).
- Design and conduct scientific investigations by formulating testable hypotheses, identifying and clarifying the method, controls, and variables; organizing and displaying data; revising methods and explanations; presenting the results; and receiving critical response from others.
- Know that a wide range of natural occurrences may be observed to discern patterns when conditions of an investigation cannot be controlled.
- Use technology (e.g., hand tools, measuring instruments, calculators, computers) and mathematics (e.g., measurement, formulas, charts, graphs) to perform accurate scientific investigations and communications.
- Know that creativity, imagination, and a good knowledge base are all required in the work of science and engineering.
Science - Earth and Space Science
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Gifted and Talented Middle School,High School
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