No account yet?

Standard 8 : The Atmosphere (Earth & Space Science)

Print


Conceptual Strand
The earth is surrounded by an active atmosphere and an energy system that controls the distribution of life, local weather, climate, and global temperature.
Guiding Question
How do the physical characteristics and the chemical makeup of the atmosphere influence the surface processes and life on earth?
 
Grade K
Grade Learning Expectations
GLE 0007.8.1  Collect daily weather data at different times of the year.
Checks for Understanding
0007.8.1  Collect, compare, and record daily weather data during different seasons.
0007.8.2  Infer the relationship between temperature and seasonal change by maintaining a paper chain on which dates are recorded and temperature described according to different colors.
State Performance Indicators
 
Grade 1
Grade Learning Expectations
GLE 0107.8.1  Gather and interpret daily weather data.
Checks for Understanding
0107.8.1  Collect daily weather information to predict what conditions might occur on the following day.
0107.8.2  Discuss what makes a weather prediction accurate or inaccurate.
State Performance Indicators
 
Grade 2
Grade Learning Expectations
GLE 0207.8.1  Associate temperature patterns with seasonal changes.
Checks for Understanding
0207.8.1  Use records and graphs of seasonal temperature changes to draw conclusions about the weather during different times of the year.
State Performance Indicators
 
Grade 3
Grade Learning Expectations
GLE 0307.8.1  Recognize that that there are a variety of atmospheric conditions that can be measured.
GLE 0307.8.2  Use tools such as the barometer, thermometer, anemometer, and rain gauge to measure atmospheric conditions.
GLE 0307.8.3  Identify cloud types associated with particular atmospheric conditions.
GLE 0307.8.4  Predict the weather based on cloud observations.
Checks for Understanding
0307.8.1  Select appropriate tools used for collecting weather data that correspond to the atmospheric condition being measured.
0307.8.2  Identify major cloud types and associate them with particular weather conditions.
State Performance Indicators
SPI 0307.8.1  Choose the correct tool for measuring a particular atmospheric condition.
SPI 0307.8.1  Match major cloud types with specific atmospheric conditions.
 
Grade 4
Grade Learning Expectations
GLE 0407.8.1  Recognize the major components of the water cycle.
GLE 0407.8.2  Differentiate between weather and climate.
Checks for Understanding
0407.8.1  Prepare a model that illustrates the basic features of the water cycle.
0407.8.2  Use long term weather data to distinguish between weather and climate.
0407.8.3  Use an illustration to predict and draw conclusions about how weather and climate affect the water cycle.
State Performance Indicators
SPI 0407.8.1  Identify the basic features of the water cycle and describe their importance to life on earth.
SPI 0407.8.2  Distinguish between weather and climate.
 
Grade 5
Grade Learning Expectations
GLE 0507.8.1  Analyze and predict how major landforms and bodies of water affect atmospheric conditions.
Checks for Understanding
0507.8.1  Compare the climates of coastal and inland areas at similar latitudes to demonstrate the ocean’s impact on weather and climate.
0507.8.2  Use land maps to demonstrate how mountain ranges affect weather and climate.
0507.8.3  Use weather maps of the United States to graph temperature and precipitation for inland and coastal regions.
0507.8.4  Use local environmental information to analyze how weather and climate are affected by landforms and bodies of water.
State Performance Indicators
SPI 0507.8.1  Describe the effects of the oceans on weather and climate.
SPI 0507.8.2  Explain how mountains affect weather and climate.
 
Grade 6
Grade Learning Expectations
GLE 0607.8.1  Design and conduct an investigation to determine how the sun drives atmospheric convection.
GLE 0607.8.2  Describe how the sun’s energy produces the wind.
GLE 0607.8.3  Investigate the relationship between currents and oceanic temperature differences.
GLE 0607.8.4  Analyze meteorological data to predict weather conditions.
Checks for Understanding
0607.8.1  Recognize how convection currents in the atmosphere produce wind.
0607.8.2  Design an experiment to investigate differences in the amount of the sun's energy absorbed by a variety of surface materials.
0607.8.3  Design an experiment to demonstrate how ocean currents are associated with the sun's energy.
0607.8.4  Analyze ocean temperature data to demonstrate how these conditions affect the weather in nearby land masses.
0607.8.5  Interpret data found on ocean current maps.
0607.8.6  Use data collected from instruments such as a barometer, thermometer, psychrometer, and anemometer to describe local weather conditions.
State Performance Indicators
SPI 0607.8.1  Analyze data to identify events associated with heat convection in the atmosphere.
SPI 0607.8.2  Recognize the connection between the sun’s energy and the wind.
SPI 0607.8.3  Describe how temperature differences in the ocean account for currents.
SPI 0607.8.4  Interpret meteorological data to make predictions about the weather.
 
Grade 7
Grade Learning Expectations
No learning expectations at this grade level
Checks for Understanding
State Performance Indicators
 
Grade 8
Grade Learning Expectations
No learning expectations at this grade level
Checks for Understanding
State Performance Indicators