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Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plans, 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Worksheets
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 30 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 47 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - South

Format

Google Docs, PDF, YouTube Video

Mapping Air Pressure - Visualizing Hurricane Irma

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Synopsis
  • This three-part activity includes a teacher guide, numerous links for background information, a student worksheet, and context videos.
  • Students will learn about weather maps and symbols, analyze the weather maps associated with Hurricane Irma, and complete weather maps and associated questions. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This activity clearly connects climate change to Hurricane Irma.
  • Learning weather station model symbols is fun and engaging. It is like learning a secret language.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Going through the background knowledge is very helpful in running this activity, as there are some tricky concepts and vocabulary terms that may need more explanation.
  • Vocabulary terms include isobars, millibars, dew point, and atmospheric pressure.
  • Teachers must make a free account to access the materials.
  • The link to the article in part 3 is broken.

Differentiation

Scientist Notes

The resource is suitable for learning air pressure and creating and interpreting isobars for weather maps. Students will also be equipped with synoptic weather forecasting skills. The resource is valid and recommended for teaching.

Standards
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 6.ESS2.5 Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 6.ESS3.5 Ask clarifying questions based on evidence about the factors that have caused climate change over the past century.
      • 7.ESS3.2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
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