This unit offers lessons on weather, climate, deep ocean circulation and the role of water in erosion.

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Lesson 1: Weather or Not

by Kimberly Handle

This lesson reviews aspects of evaporation, condensation and precipitation while pointing out that weather and climate are not one in the same.
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Lesson 2: Cloud Case

by Kimberly Handle

This hands-on lesson has students investigate the effects of cold and warm water and air pressure in the formation of clouds. Student create a cloud in a bottle!
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Print out of cloud case procedure steps for students
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Lesson 3: Dense Deep Water

by Kimberly Handle

Following the ideas of density in changes in weather, this lesson offers expansion of these same concepts in reference to ocean systems. This lesson particularly focuses on deep ocean water and its role in the transfer of heat energy.
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Unit 2: Mid-Unit Exam

by Kimberly Handle

Students answer essay questions about weather, climate and water circulation based on what was covered in the first three lessons.
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Lesson 4: Widdling Water

by Kimberly Handle

This lesson investigates the role of precipitation, particularly water, in erosion.
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Lesson 5: Erosion Food

by Kimberly Handle

This lesson offers opportunity for students to look into the benefits of erosion in fertilizing the oceans with nutrients. This lesson also briefly covers Eckmann spirals and deep sea upwelling.
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Lesson 6: El Nino

by Kimberly Handle

Students explore the science behind the phenomena of El Nino and La Nina along with the havoc it can cause for organisms in the oceans and people on land.
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Lesson 7: Amazing Albedo

by Kimberly Handle

Students explore ideas behind absorption and reflection of light and the radiation of absorbed energy through hands-on analysis of man made and natural materials.
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Lesson 8: Daisy World

by Kimberly Handle

Students explore an interactive animation about "Daisy World" and get introduced to the Gaia Theory.
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Unit 2: End Unit Exam

by Kimberly Handle

Students answer essay questions on the remainder of lessons from the unit.
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