Unit 7

Unit Title: Weather
Unit Time Frame: 6-7 Weeks

Unit Overview
Students will learn about stages of the water cycle,
characteristics of the atmosphere, global weather
patterns, and the constant motion of heat energy.

Essential Learning
How does the movement of water in the hydrosphere
illustrate equilibrium in nature?

What factors influence climates?

How do scientists use instruments to observe,
analyze, and predict the weather?

In what ways does the transfer of heat energy
influence atmospheric phenomena?

Key Concepts
Conduct investigations demonstrating the
water cycle.

Explain the relationship between the water
cycle and ground water.

Describe the composition and physical
characteristics of the atmosphere.

Conduct investigations demonstrating the
effects of solar energy on the atmosphere.

Identify elements of weather: temperature,
air pressure, wind speed, wind direction,
and humidity.

Conduct investigations using weather measurement
devices: anemometers, barometers, sling psychrometers,
thermometers, and weather charts.

Predict weather conditions using data on the following:
temperature, air pressure (highs, lows), fronts,
clouds, wind speed, wind direction, and humidity.

Investigate cloud formation.

Investigate the influence of global patterns on
local weather, movement of air masses,
Coriolis Effect, jet stream, and global wind belts.

Investigate the effect that oceans have on climate.

Identify the causes and effects of weather-related
phenomena: thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes,
cyclones, typhoons, drought, and acid precipitation.

Explain tornado belt weather patterns using a map
of the United States.

Describe ways human beings protect themselves,
others, and their property from adverse weather

Describe and map climates of major Earth regions.

Analyze the effect of the shape of Earth and the
tilt of Earth's axis on climate.

Identify and explain the effects that human activities
have on weather and atmosphere.

Describe causes and effects of acid precipitation.

Conduct investigations demonstrating the
greenhouse effect.

Research how human activities may contribute
to global warming.

Explain examples of actual events that cause
temporary climate changes: volcanic dust, drought,
and meteor impact.

Analyze charts to infer past atmospheric conditions
based on the organisms found in the fossil record.

Unit Standards
Teacher Resources
Standards Scoring Matrix
Science/Engineering Practices
Cross-Cutting Concepts

Nature of Science