7.E.1.1 Compare the composition, properties and structure of Earth’s atmosphere to include: mixtures of gases and differences in temperature and pressure within layers.
7.E.1.2 Explain how the cycling of water in and out of the atmosphere and atmospheric conditions relate to the weather patterns on Earth.
7.E.1.3 Explain the relationship between the movement of air masses, high and low pressure systems, and frontal boundaries to storms (including thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes) and other weather conditions that may result.
7.E.1.4 Predict weather conditions and patterns based on information obtained from:
• Weather data collected from direct observations and measurement (wind speed and direction, air temperature, humidity and air pressure)
• Weather maps, satellites and radar
• Cloud shapes and types and associated elevation
7.E.1.5 Explain the influence of convection, global winds and the jet stream on weather and climatic conditions.
7.E.1.6 Conclude that the good health of humans requires: monitoring the atmosphere, maintaining air quality and stewardship.
- What happens to the volume of air when it is heated or cooled
- Earth’s atmosphere layers explained with cartoon video
- Earth’s atmosphere layers research site from National Center for Science Education
- CK-12’s article on the later of the atmosphere.
- NASAs Precipitation Education page
- Watch a weather balloon launch here
- Watch a video about the water cycle here
- Visit the Window to the Universe home page for all things atmosphere and weather
- Find out how energy is transferred between the Earth and the atmosphere by studying this diagram
- Watch this amazing CGI video of how clouds are formed.
- Watch this video about the different types of clouds.
- Cloud Notes Resource
- Clouds memory game
- Study Jams: Air Pressure and Wind
- Study Jams: Air Masses and Fronts
- Study Jams: Weather Instruments
- Study Jams: Climate and Weather
- Weather symbols for maps here
- Study Jams: Severe Storms
- Make your own tornado tube like this!
- Think forecasting hurricanes is easy? Check out this interactive site to determine the factors that affect the track of a hurricane.
- Hurricane Irma making landfall in British Virgin Islands as reported by CNN. Not responsible for advertisements CNN places on its website.
- Why does air pressure change with altitude? This website gives some very detailed explanations for this question.
- How does temperature work?
- How does pressure create wind?
- Thunderstorm basics. Includes links for all major storms.