Interactive, Lesson Plan


Students will observe how the interaction of atmospheric conditions effect weather and climate. The pre-requisite skills required for this activity should be commensurate with grade level. They should have prior knowledge of the earth as a planet, water, and air.


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


Earth Science



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Earth Science Labs
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SCI.6.S6E2.a: Science

Demonstrate the phases of the moon by showing the alignment of the earth, moon, and sun.

SCI.6.S6E2.b: Science

Explain the alignment of the earth, moon, and sun during solar and lunar eclipses.

SCI.6.S6E2.c: Science

Relate the tilt of the earth to the distribution of sunlight throughout the year and its effect on climate.

SCI.6.S6E4.a: Science

Demonstrate that land and water absorb and lose heat at different rates and explain the resulting effects on weather patterns.

SCI.6.S6E4.b: Science

Relate unequal heating of land and water surfaces to form large global wind systems and weather events such as tornados and thunderstorms.

SCI.6.S6E4.c: Science

Relate how moisture evaporating from the oceans affects the weather patterns and weather events such as hurricanes.

SCI.6.S6E6.a: Science

Explain the role of the sun as the major source of energy and its relationship to wind and water energy.

SCI.6.S6E6.b: Science

Identify renewable and nonrenewable resources.
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2011-10-03.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 2
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

In this unit, 6th grade students will investigate interaction of atmospheric conditions, including heating of land and water, and its effect on weather and climate. The introduction to the unit is strong and includes standards alignment and clear goals and objectives. Two hands-on labs follow, exploring both heated air masses and the water cycle. However, the unit appears to be unfinished. Although this unit alludes to a culminating project and more activities, none follow the initial background information. However, it is a strong start to a potentially excellent unit.

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