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Energy in the Earth’s Systems – How do external and internal sources of energy affect the Earth’s systems?

6.3 - Variations in the amount of the sun’s energy hitting the Earth’s surface affect daily and seasonal weather patterns. 

¨      Local and regional weather are affected by the amount of solar energy these areas receive and by their proximity to a large body of water.

C 1.       Describe the effect of heating on the movement of molecules in solids, liquids and gases.

C 2.       Explain how local weather conditions are related to the temperature, pressure and water content of the atmosphere and the proximity to a large body of water.

C 3.       Explain how the uneven heating of the Earth’s surface causes winds.


 Weather Unit:  Students will become aware of the conditions and factors that create weather, the changes that occur in weather and how those change affect our daily lives.  Students will be able to interpret various weather instruments and predict upcoming weather patterns. This will include an emphasis on the predictable movement of the Earth and the moon relative to the sun in order to explain cycles such as day/night, years, moon phases and eclipses.

 

Ø     Describe the Greenhouse Effect. What is its long-term climatic effect on our planet?

Ø     Extension Activity: Students have the opportunity to build their own weather station.

Ø     How does the movement of water affect the weather?

Ø     Describe the major source of energy and the factors that interact to cause our weather.

Ø     Identify weather instruments.  What is their function? Make a prediction using the information gathered from the weather instruments.