This unit offers lessons on weather, climate, deep ocean circulation and the role of water in erosion.


  • Science > General
  • Science > Earth Science
  • Science > Geology
  • Science > Physical Sciences

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10


plate tectonics geology mantle core crust planets sun weather climate extinction change evolution



Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
Update Standards?

SCI.5.8.B: Science

explain how the Sun and the ocean interact in the water cycle;

SCI.7.8.B: Science

analyze the effects of weathering, erosion, and deposition on the environment in ecoregions of Texas; and
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 3, as of 2009-06-25.

Component Ratings:

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

Reviewer Comments:

This unit is contains a series of hands-on and minds-on activities for learning about the effects of water and weather on the earth. Topics include the formation of rain and clouds, the basics behind convection currents, erosion, currents, el Nino, and the relationship between surface and energy absorption. Each lesson includes an introduction, suggested timeline, learning objectives, guiding question(s), materials list, clear procedures, and suggestions for concluding activities. The unit exams include a series of short-answer prompts, but no answer key. This unit includes links to various multimedia resources, including Daisy World, a simplified computer model that helps students understand the cause and affect of albedo and absorption on temperature changes. This unit is intended for middle school or early high school students, but could be adapted for use at a variety of grade levels. These activities are well organized and immediately useful in the classroom using simple, readily accessible materials.

Not Rated Yet.

Non-profit Tax ID # 203478467