Earth Science - Weather

by Mr. Jody Paramore

Winterville, NC

NAME: _______________________________________

Grading: Unit grades make-up 60 % of a student's overall grade

Time Span:

Due Date:

Objectives (what are we learning in this unit?):

Competency Goal 5: The learner will build an understanding of the dynamics and composition of the atmosphere and its local and global processes influencing climate and air quality.

5.01 Analyze air masses and the life cycle of weather systems:

Planetary wind belts.

Air masses.

Frontal systems.

Cyclonic systems.

5.02 Evaluate meteorological observing, analysis, and prediction:

Worldwide observing systems.

Meteorological data depiction.

A: 93-100 %

B: 85-92 %

C: 77-84 %

D: 70-76 %

F: 0-69 %


Choose any of the assignments listed that you would like to complete. You will not do all the assignments. You'll only do as many assignments as it takes for you to complete each layer successfully. Each assignment can only be attempted one time.

"C" Layer (Successful Completion Earns One a C Grade)-Section I / Basic Understanding-80 percentage (%) points must be earned from this section before moving into the B Layer. Choose any of the assignments listed, in this section, that you would like to complete. No more than 80 percentage (%) points can be applied to your unit grade from this section.

Notes-Tape Recorded (listen & take notes from the cassette player-side A, study them, show them to Mr. Paramore for oral defense)

1. Weather Systems (10 %)

2. Satellites vs. Radar (10 %)

Videos (watch all of the video assigned, complete written part, and be prepared for oral defense)

3. Take 30 notes from the "Tornado" video (10 %)

4. Take 30 notes from the "Hurricane" video (10 %)

Vocabulary / Worksheets

5. Create flashcards with the word and definition for the following key terms (words are in the glossary or the index of your book) air pressure, barometer, wind, sea breeze, land breeze, Coriolis effect, evaporation, relative humidity, precipitation, air mass, front (10 %)

6. Complete the Weather Study Guide (on table) (10 %)

Computer Activities (complete the activity, study your work, bring to Mr. P. for oral defense)

7. Complete "Weather Scavenger Hunt" Internet Activity (in common folder-put answers on separate sheet) (10 %)

8. Complete the "Weather Map Internet Activity"-on table & watch the Brainpop movie "Weather Advanced" and take 5 notes and write out the 10 quiz questions w/ their answers. (10 %)

9. Complete the "Precipitation Along Fronts", "Pressure", & "Air Mass" activities (in common folder, write the questions and put your answers on your own paper)

10. Complete the internet activity "Understanding How Water Gets In Clouds"-(on table)

Reading (complete the assignment, study, and bring to Mr. P. for oral defense)

11. Complete the Chp. 16 Review-multiple choice & T/F (write out the questions & answers)-on table. (10 %)

12. Read the article packet and write a good 5-7 sentence summary for each article. Return the packet when you're finished.-(on table). (10 %)


13. Write a weather poem that uses at least five weather related words. (10 %)

14. Find a copy of the current day's national weather map. Write a weather forecast forecast for North Carolina's weather based on the map. At least 2, 5-7 sentence, paragraphs. (10 %)

Fine Arts

15. Draw a color picture of the water cycle. Precipitation, condensation, & evaporation should be labeled and explained on your picture. (10 %)

16. Complete the 'Weather Graphing Activity'-(on table). (10 %)

Hands-On / Interactive

17. Create a poster that explains the difference in radar and satellites in weather prediction. The poster must include printouts of radar and satellite images along with the similarities and differences of each. (10 %)

18. Create a brochure on hurricanes or tornados. It should include how they form, why they're dangerous, how their strength is measured, etc. (10 %)

"B" Layer-Section II / Application of Knowledge (Successful Completion Earns One a B Grade) (Choose one for 10 %, must complete before moving to Section III)

1. Complete the 'Make the Water Cycle' activity. (10 %)


2. Complete the 'Make a Barometer' activtity. (10 %)

"A" Layer-Section III / Critical Thinking & Analysis of Real World Issues (Successful Completion Earns One An A Grade) (Choose one for 10 %)

(Fill out the A Layer worksheet to complete this section. This worksheet can be obtained from Mr. Paramore)

1. Should research be done in order to look for ways to change the weather like stopping hurricanes and/or tornadoes? (10 %)


2. Should the National Weather Service upgrade their data collection system? (10 %)

Oral Defense Chart

Warning: No more than 3 assignments per day will be graded by Mr. Paramore. Be sure to study over your work before getting it graded because you will be quizzed on each assignment completed. Points can only be earned when an oral defense is completed. Do not wait until the last day to get assignments graded because only 3 will be graded that day. Ungraded work will not be accepted the last day unless an oral defense is carried out. Absent students should see Mr. Paramore about more time if they need it. Extra time will not automatically be given unless the student who has been absent approaches Mr. Paramore.

**Students should get 2-3 assignments graded each of the grading days and complete 2-3 assignments each class period. Failure to work at this pace may result in not passing the unit. Students may take completed assignments home to study for the following day's oral defense.

**X-tra Credit: 5 bonus points will be given if students get at least one assignment graded all five grading days. No grading will be done the first day of the unit.

Wed. 9/15 Thu. 9/16 Fri. 9/17 Tue. 9/21 Wed. 9/22
















B-1 or B-2

A-1 or A-2

Parent / Guardian Signature w/ date (5 bonus points): _____________________________________________