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A five part 3,000 + slide PowerPoint becomes
the road map for a fantastic unit full of great
hands-on activities, amazing PowerPoint
slides, built-in quizzes, video and academic
links, review games, crosswords, flashdcards
and more. Unit notes, fill-in notes, and detailed
homework bundle chronologically follow the
PowerPoint road map.  Some of my favorite
projects in this unit require the students to
conduct weather experiments in front of the
class. This unit ends discussing climate change
and also includes a fun section about biomes.  

Teaching Duration = 6 weeks
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Areas of Focus within The Weather and Climate Unit:
What is weather?, Climate, Importance of the Atmosphere, Components of the Atmosphere, Layers of the Atmosphere,
Air Quality and Pollution, Carbon Monoxide, Ozone Layer, Ways to Avoid Skin Cancer, Air Pressure, Barometer, Air
Pressure and Wind, Fronts, Wind, Global Wind, Coriolis Force, Jet Stream, Sea Breeze / Land Breeze, Mountain Winds,
Mountain Rain Shadow, Wind Chill, Hypo and Hyperthermia, Flight, Dangerous Weather Systems, Light, Albedo,
Temperature, Thermometers, Seasons, Oceans and Weather, El Nino, La Nina, Humidity, Water Cycle, Dew Points,
Clouds, Types of Clouds, Meteorology, Weather Tools, Isotherms, Ocean Currents, Enhanced Global Warming,
Greenhouse Effect, The Effects of Global Warming, Biomes, Biodiversity
The Weather and Climate unit covers science topics associated with weather, climate, and also includes biomes.  This
unit includes an interactive and engaging PowerPoint presentation of 3,000 slides with built-in class notes (Red Slides),
lab activities, project ideas, discussion questions, assessments, video links, and challenge questions with answers. Text
is in large print (32 font) and placed at the top of each slide so it can be read from all angles of a classroom.  Also
included is a 16 page bundled homework / assessment that chronologically follows the PowerPoint slideshow, as well as
a 5 page modified assessment and set of flashcards with the units important vocabulary.  20 pages of class notes with
images are also included for students who require assistance, as well as answer keys to both assessments for support
professionals, teachers, and home school parents. 25+ video and academic links are provided and a slide within the
slideshow cues teacher / parent when the videos are most relevant to play. Video shorts usually range from 2-7 minutes.  
Two PowerPoint review games (110+ slides each) are included.  Answers to the PowerPoint review game are provided in
PowerPoint form so students can self-assess. Lastly, several class games such as guess the hidden picture beneath the
boxes, and the find the hidden owl somewhere within the slideshow are provided.  Difficulty Rating 8/10
Chronologically follows the PowerPoint slideshow and unit notes for a fantastic review / assessment of learning
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
MS.ESS2.4 (Create a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s
systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity).  
•        Students create a step by step drawing of the water cycle.  The role of the
sun and gravity within the cycle are mentioned throughout.  Many review slides and
built-in activities are spread throughout.  Changes in the states of matter and
throughout the water cycle are described.

MS.ESS2.5 (Gather data to show how the motion and complex interaction of air
masses results in change in weather conditions).
•        This unit addresses that air masses flow from regions of high pressure to low
pressure causing weather.  This unit also describes with notes, visuals, activities,
and videos how weather changes over time and sudden changes in weather result
when air masses collide.

MS.ESS2.6 (Create a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the
Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional
•        Students create step by step drawings of global wind patterns, areas of
pressure, and explore the Coriolis Effect with visuals, activities, and video links.  
Emphasis of the ocean conveyor is also provided in Part III, Earth the water planet.
MS.ESS2.5 (Ask clarifying questions based on evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century).
•        Climate change is addressed heavily in part IV.  Natural processes that cause climate change are addressed but emphasis is placed on the major role of human
activities such as the burning of fossil fuels that have caused the recent rise in global temperatures.  Visuals of graphs, activities, video links, and more are provided.

MS.ESS3.2 (Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects).
•        This standard is covered in video clips about how scientists use computers to predict hurricane paths, and also addressed with how volcanologist can use a variety
to instruments to predict volcanic eruptions.  Emphasis is placed on how earthquakes are more difficult to predict but by collecting data on earthquakes seismologists can
make some predictions on when and how large the next one might be.  Many natural hazards such as tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms, blizzards, ice storms,
microbursts and more are included.  Students create presentations for the class that also address the above server weather systems.

HS.ESS2.4 (Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out the Earth’s systems result in changes in climate).
•        This is addressed with text based slides, video link, and review questions.  Timescale is addressed in the video link.  An optional PowerPoint is provided in the
activities folder that describes Milankovitch Cycles and the Maunder Minimum.  Emphasis is placed on the fact that climate changes in the past can be attributed to
natural sources and that recent climate changes, however, cannot be explained by natural causes alone.

HS.ESS3.5 (Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate
change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
•        The big dangers associated with climate are addressed such as changes in the ice caps causing sea level rise, changes in precipitation and temperature,
acidification of the oceans, possible changes in thermohaline circulation and much more.

HS.ESS3.1 (Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have
influenced human activity).
•        Severe weather systems are addressed.  Student projects use various media to present a severe weather system.  Climate change and the negative impacts it will
have on populations both human and the natural world are addressed.  Other negative impacts described include changes to regional weather patterns, drought, famine,
and the conflicts that will result.  Visuals, text, video links, and academic links are provided.

5-PS1-1. (Develop a model that matter is made of particles too small be seen).
•        The particles that make up the atmosphere are addressed.  The scattering of light when it hits N2 gas and O2 gas is covered. Water H20 is addressed in the water
cycle portion of this unit.  Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas are addressed in the climate change portion.

5.ESS2.1 (Develop an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere interact).
•        Slides provide several examples and also describe what each sphere is how they are connected.  Student then learn the water cycle in detail and how it interacts
with the living and nonliving world.
Below are just a few of the typical standards that this unit addresses for those that are interested.  This unit does cover many topics / standards that are not addressed

●Keep a journal record of observations, recognizing patterns, summarizing findings, and reflecting on the observations.
●Describe and make predictions about local and regional weather conditions using observation and data collection methods.
●Identify weather patterns by tracking weather related events, such as hurricanes.
●Explain the composition and structure of the Earth's atmosphere;
●Describe weather in terms of temperature, wind speed and direction, precipitation, and cloud cover;
●Describe how clouds affect weather and climate, including precipitation, reflecting light from the sun, and retaining heat energy emitted from the Earth’s surface.
●Recognize that images taken of the Earth from space can show its features, and any changes in those features that appear over time;
●Explain that satellites can be used to view and track storms and Earth events, such as hurricanes and wild fires.
●Recognize that things change in steady, repetitive, or irregular ways, or sometimes, in more than one way at the same time;
●Recognize how the tilt of the Earth's axis and the Earth's revolution around the Sun affect seasons and weather patterns;
●Identify and describe seasonal, daylight and weather patterns as they relate to energy.
●Recognize that satellites and Doppler radar can be used to observe or predict the weather.
●Employ knowledge of basic weather symbols to read and interpret weather and topographic maps.
●Read and interpret data from barometers, sling psychrometers and anemometers.
●Recognize that weather conditions change frequently, and that weather patterns change over the seasons.
●Describe and compare weather using observations and measurements of local weather conditions.
●Explain how water exists in the atmosphere in different forms and describe how it changes from one form to another through various processes such as freezing,
condensation, precipitation and evaporation.
●Explain that air surrounds the Earth, it takes up space, and it moves around as wind.
●Based on data collected from daily weather observations, describe weather changes or weather patterns.
●Explain how the use of scientific tools helps to extend senses and gather data about weather (i.e., weather/wind vane– direction; wind sock– wind intensity;
anemometer– speed; thermometer– temperature; meter sticks/rulers– snow depth; rain gauges– rain amount in inches).
●Recognize that solid rocks, soils, and water in its liquid and solid states can be found on the Earth’s surface.
●Recognize that water can be a liquid or a solid; and explain that it can be made to change from one state to the other, but the amount (mass) of water always remains
the same in either state.
●Describe how catastrophic changes that have taken place on the Earth’s surface can be revealed by satellite images.
●Explain the role of differential heating or convection in ocean currents, winds, weather and weather patterns, atmosphere, or climate.
●Recognize that satellites and Doppler radar can be used to observe or predict the weather.
●Employ knowledge of basic weather symbols to read and interpret weather
●Read and interpret data from barometers, sling psychrometers and anemometers.
●Describe how man uses land-based light telescopes, radio telescopes, satellites, manned exploration, probes and robots to collect data.
●Describe how Earth’s atmospheric composition has changed from the formation of the Earth through current time.
●Use a variety of tools and formats (oral presentations, journals, and multimedia presentations) to summarize and communicate the results of observations.
●Organize observations and data into tables, charts and graphs.
●Explain the composition and structure of the Earth’s atmosphere.
●Describe how clouds affect weather and climate, including precipitation, reflecting light from the sun, and retaining heat energy emitted from the Earth’s surface.
●Identify and describe the impact certain factors have on the Earth’s climate, including changes in the oceans’ temperature, changes in the composition of the
atmosphere, and geological shifts due to events such as volcanic eruptions and glacial movements.
Chronologically follows the PowerPoint slideshow. Great for your students who require assistance
These review games with built-in answers are found at the end of each section for a nice review
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