Topic outline

  • Science Lesson Plans

    Monday 12/3: Investigation 5 - Conduction, Part 3 Home Design, Session 3

    Read "Home Insulation".

    Review vocabulary and answer the focus question.

    Read about science and engineering practices and review notebook entries

    Answer the guiding question.

    Tuesday 12/4:  Investigation 6 - Air Flow, Part 1 Atmospheric Heating, Session 1

    Review conduction and discuss how energy transfers between Earth's surface and air.

    Compare radiation and conduction in the atmosphere

    Record the focus question..."How does the atmosphere heat up?"

    Read "Heating the Atmosphere and discuss energy transfer in the atmosphere.

    Review vocabulary and answer the focus question.

    Share notebook responses. 

    Wednesday 12/5:  Investigation 6 - Air Flow, Part 2 Local Winds, Session 1

    Review "Big Ideas" for factors that drive weather and convection. 

    Discuss Air pressure and wind

    Explore and diagram local winds

    Develop and diagram a model for local winds

    Review vocabulary and answer focus question,"How does energy from the Sun affect wind on Earth?"

    Share notebook entries.

    Thursday 12/6:  Investigation 6 - Air Flow, Part 3 Global Winds, Session 1

    Review surface air pressure

    Develop a model for global wind patterns, based on convection

    Diagram a model of global winds and predict global wind movement

    Discuss air masses and use weather maps to trace the movements of air masses across the united states

    Factor in the Coriolis Effect to explain the movement of air masses

    Friday 12/7:   Investigation 6 - Air Flow, Part 3 Global Winds, Session 2

    Read and discuss "Wind on Earth"

    View a video on the Coriolis Effect on Jupiter, Red Spot Movie

    Review vocabulary and answer the focus question"what affects the direct ion of global winds?"

    Review notebook entries and conduction, convection and winds and answer the guiding question"What factors affect wind locally and globally?"

    Track the local wind direction. 

    Monday 12/10:  Investigation 6 - Air Flow, Part 3 Global Winds, Session 2

    Continue lesson from Friday.  

    Tuesday 12/11: Investigation 6 - Air Flow, Part 3 Global Winds, Session 3

    Demonstrate understanding by responding to Investigation 5-6 I-Check.

    Wednesday 12/12:  Investigation 6 - Air Flow, Part 3 Global Winds, Session 4

    Review I-check items through next step strategies. 

    Make corrections on I-Checks with 73% or less and return for more points. 

    Thursday 12/13:  Investigation 7 - Water in the Air, Part 1, Is Water Really There?, Session 1

    Revisit local weather data collection and focus on the water

    Develop and conduct an investigation to determine if there is water in the air; make a presentation to the class 

    Write about your investigation. 

    Friday 12/14: Investigation 7 - Water in the Air, Part 1, Is Water Really There?, Session 2

    Organize finding and make a presentation to the class

    Discuss condensation and kinetic energy of particles

    Review vocabulary and answer student generated focus question; e.g., "Is there water vapor in the air?" 

    Improve water-collection design 

    Share responses to your student generated focus question in terms of systems