The Storm Project, Activity 12: Air Masses

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Link to Resource: https://uni.edu/storm/activities/level1/archives/22oct2004/act12.html
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:University of Northwestern Iowa
Summary:In this activity, the students learn about the four main types of air masses that affect weather in the United States, their characteristic temperatures, and humidity levels as it relates to dew point temperatures. The lesson plan follows the 5E format. Initially, students discuss local weather and then examine surface temperature and dew point data on maps o determine patterns and possible locations of air masses. They learn about the source regions of air masses and compare their maps to a forecast weather map with fronts and pressure systems drawn in. During the Extension phase, students acces current maps with surface and dew point temperatures and try to identify locations of air masses. They sketch in fronts and compare their results to the fronts map.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1; Big Idea 4
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-2; HS-ESS2-4; HS-ESS2-6; MS-ESS2-5; MS-ESS2-6
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Developing and using models; Planning and carrying out investigations
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Stability and change; Systems and system models
Subjects: atmosphere; atmospheric science; meteorology; severe weather; weather; weather hazards
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