Easy Ways to Teach the Characteristics of the Atmosphere

Easy Ways to Teach the Characteristics of the Atmosphere

We have something incredible in common…

We breathe the same air! What exactly is this air we breathe composed of? What does it mean to breathe “fresh” air? Does the air change in composition throughout different parts of the world? What about at different altitudes? What are the characteristics of the atmosphere?

Layers & Characteristics of the Atmosphere Unit
The Layers and Characteristics of the Atmosphere unit is available for purchase on TPT.

“Layers and Characteristics of the Atmosphere” uniT

I recently revamped my “Layers and Characteristics of the Atmosphere” unit and am super excited about it. This two-week long, no-prep unit focuses on the following essential question: “How do scientists describe the composition of Earth’s atmosphere?

Topics covered include meteorology, atmosphere, air, particulates, aerosols, atmospheric pressure, density, barometer, temperature, troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, ozone, ozone layer, etc.

Relationships between atmospheric variables, for example the relationship between temperature and atmospheric pressure, are highlighted throughout this unit.

This unit includes a myriad of activities to help students learn about the layers and characteristics of the atmosphere. Different learning styles and abilities are taken into consideration throughout the different PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, labs and assessments.

Download your own copy of the “Are We Losing Our Air” project now!

Characteristics of the atmosphere project

Students especially enjoy the culminating piece of this unit, the “Are We Losing Our Air” project. They are tasked with exemplifying their understanding of the layers and characteristics of the atmosphere in a creative and imaginative manner. They must conduct research and develop a plan to save our atmosphere due an increase of pollution. Click here for your very own copy of the “Are We Losing Our Air” project!

Characteristics of the atmosphere Resources

Here is a list of all of the resources included in this unit:
– Earth’s Atmosphere Lesson Plan
– Characteristics of the Atmosphere PowerPoint Presentations & Guided Notes
(multiple versions of each)
– Describing Earth’s Atmosphere Worksheet
– Atmospheric Layers Worksheet
– Layers of the Atmosphere Lab & Answer Key
– Ozone Enrichment Worksheet & Answer Key
– The Air Around You Lesson Plan
– The Air Around You PowerPoint Presentation & Guided Notes
– Characteristics of the Atmosphere Practice Worksheet & Answer Key
– Characteristics of the Atmosphere Quizzes (three versions) & Answer Keys
– “Are We Losing Our Air?” Project

Be sure to check out my two-month long Earth’s Atmosphere bundle with all kinds of extra activities about the characteristics of the atmosphere, the greenhouse effect, methods of heat transfer, phase changes of water, air pressure, local and global winds, clouds, dew point, relative humidity, global climate factors, and so much more. We all know how nice it is to have DONE FOR YOU activities!

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