Recognize the characteristics of air masses (high/low barometric pressure, temperature) and predict their effect on the weather in a given location
Collect and interpret weather data (cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction) from weather instruments and maps to explain present day weather and to predict the next day's weather.
Evaluate the responses to the wiki question to begin the discussion of air
masses. Use the website Air masses to describe the four major air masses
affecting weather in our area.
Using the air mass website, students will create a Air Mass Photostory Activity to better understand their role in weather development. Students will first create informational text slides, have these slides assessed, then collect images to support the information. Once these activities are completed, students will place images and
text slides in Photostory to complete video project.
Assessment: Air Mass Slide Scoring Guide
Assessment: Air Mass Photostory Scoring Guide
Describe the relationship between the earth's orbit and the angle of sun
rays. Use sun-earth realtionship animation to help with
this concept. Also use angle of the sun animation.
Connect the characterisitics of air masses with the corresponding fronts
which form along their boundaries. Use the powerpoint Air Masses to demonstrate these concepts. View Satellite views of air masses to show cloud
movement associated with air mass.
View KY3 forecast, surface maps on Accu-weather and begin to see the relationship between prediction and the atmospheric conditions of our area over time. Focus on pattern in the forecast, what this pattern might be based upon, and how this prediction could change.
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