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Visit NASA's awesome SciJinks Website and explore the numerous interactive lessons and content related to weather, the atmopshere, seasons, storms, the hydrosphere and cryosphere, climate, and even space weather!
The University of West Florida presents this interactive video animation tutorial on winds, the Coriolis Effect, and the effects of temperature on air circulation patterns. Included is a self quiz. Even if you are not in school, you can test your own knowledge! This site is short, to-the-point, and very effective as a learning tool!
Check out these animations and lessons on global wind belts and Hadley Cells showing the large scale circulation patterns on the surface of the earth.
Visit the following website to learn about contour lines--AKA isopleths--which are used to express temperature (isotherms), air pressure (isobars), and other weather data on weather maps. Carefully read the content up through the first lesson and complete the first lesson (follow the directions provided). You can then continue and do as many of the other lessons as possible. Can YOU create a weather map using real data???
This global warming activity is a must-see weather lesson. I cannot say enough good things about this virtual site. Expect to explore human and naturally induced climate change as well as discussions for the future. You may need to ask for my help in order to navigate through the activities.
Here are a WHOLE BUNCH of awesome animations that help explain vairous weather, climate, and atmosphere concepts. The two highlighted in yellow are the two SHOULD have already seen in class!
What Is the Coriolis Effect? (NASA Video):
NASA SciFiles Video: Hurricane Energy And Coriolis Effect. This video segment demonstrates the power of hurricanes and how the Coriolis Effect works.
Foucault’s Pendulum and the Coriolis Effect are demonstrated in a series of videos and examples. Although the examples and information are targeted towards physics, the movies play a key role in the set because they are able to be shown in slow motion. It also includes a video of the bands on Jupiter showing zonal flow due to differential rotation speeds.
Visit and carefully read through this webpege on common misconceptions related to the Corialis Effect, just one of several pages from the Bad Science website (one of Mrs. Flynt's favorite wesbites). When you are done, you should be able to explain why drains do NOT swirl in the opposite directions in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres!
While a bit more related to physics, this fun activity teaches students about the speed and angle of a fly ball in one of 7 famous baseball stadiums. The key feature of the activity is the altitude of the stadium which demonstrates the effect of air density at various altitudes on a baseball.
This program investigate changes in the atmosphere and its effects on aerodynamic variables. With the option to change the atmosphere from Earth to Mars, students can compare the atmospheric conditions on earth that make it "just right" for life. Pressure, density, and temperature are a focus in this program which is more suitable for an older audience.
And if THAT isn't enough to keep you busy, check out some of the interactive links on your 7th Grade Mid-Term Study Guide!!!
Gifted Science with Mrs. Flynt
Gifford Middle School, Indian River County, Florida
4530 28th Court