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Air Pressure, Air Masses and Weather Fronts NGSS MS-ESS2-5

Recently I spent some time considering how to teach middle school students about weather for the Next Generation Science Standard: 

MSESS25. Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions.



There is a lot to this standard and I decided the first thing that students needed to understand was air pressure.  I was excited when I figured this out because there are so many cool experiments that can be done with air pressure. 

After teaching all about air pressure, with five different labs and investigations, I knew I needed to give some direct information on air masses and weather fronts.

I used a slideshow and some nonfiction text for this and had the students do some QR code research and play with some simulations for weather fronts.

Sample from my Slideshow


Next, I had students really try to apply the information using weather maps, and answering questions to determine that they understood what they meant. 

Sample Weather Map Task Card


This was a really interesting unit to plan for and ended up being really HUGE.  I finished by assessing students with several quizzes that help them practice the information in a format that will be similar to what they will be asked on a standardized test.  
The whole unit is available here: 
Air Pressure, Air Masses and Weather Fronts Complete Unit NGSS MS-ESS2-5


I also created a unit specific to Utah SEEd which has a similar standard.

Air Pressure, Air Masses and Weather Fronts Utah SEEd 6.3.2

Utah SEEd
6.3.2
Investigate
the interactions between air masses
that cause changes in weather conditions. Collect and analyze weather data to provide evidence for how air masses flow from regions of high pressure to low pressure causing a change in weather. Examples of data collection could include field observations, laboratory experiments, weather maps, or diagrams. 


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As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.

 
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Sharon M

As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
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Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
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Heidi J

My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
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Tina S

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!

 
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Richard S

The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
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