List of all Atmosphere Lesson Plans

Using the various visualizations (i.e., images, charts, and graphs) from 2016 Hurricane Matthew, students explore the energy exchange that occurs when hurricanes extract heat energy from the ocean.

Blue Marble Matches: Using Earth for Planetary Comparisons

This activity is designed to introduce students to geologic processes on Earth and how to identify geologic features in images. It will also introduce students to how scientists use Earth to gain a better understanding of other planetary bodies in the solar system. 

Flipbooks: Earth System Variables

NASA visualizers take data – numbers, codes – and turn them into animations people can see and quickly understand. You can become a data visualizer by creating your own flipbook animations using maps of science variables that NASA scientists commonly study to better understand the Earth System.

Sky Viewer

In this activity, we will introduce children to the colors of the sky. Children love to look at clouds. Here we will focus in on the sky in which clouds float. Children will learn why the sky has such a wide range of colors.

 

Cloud Teller

Use your Cloud Teller to practice vocabulary, learn different cloud types, and help with NASA GLOBE cloud observations.

Featured Phenomena: Changing Air Temperatures

No matter if you are an elementary, middle, or high school science teacher, we bet that you observe and investigate air temperatures or (their effects) with your students.  Changing air temperatures are cyclical and predictable, but also are rising beyond the normal range due to a variety of fact

Air Temperature vs. Sea Surface Salinity

Analyzing monthly environmental data from the North Atlantic Ocean will help you to learn more about how the water cycle affects sea surface salinity. Your challenge is to find the data set that most closely corresponds to sea surface salinity patterns.