Utah SEEd 6.3 Strand Assessments: This is a set of assessments that cover all the Utah SEEd strand 6.3 Earth’s Weather Patterns and Climate. All Earth processes are the result of energy flowing and matter cycling within and among the planet’s systems. Heat energy from the Sun, transmitted by radiation, is the primary source of energy that affects Earth’s weather and drives the water cycle. Uneven heating across Earth’s surface causes changes in density, which result in convection currents in water and air, creating patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional and global climates.
Develop a model to describe how the cycling of water through Earth’s systems is driven by from the Sun, gravitational forces, and density. (ESS2.C)
Investigate the interactions between air masses that 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. (ESS2.C, ESS2.D)
Develop and use a model to show how unequal heating of Earth’s causes of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates. Emphasize how warm water and air move from the equator toward the poles. Examples of models could include Utah regional patterns such as lake-effect and wintertime temperature inversions. (ESS2.C, ESS2.D)
Construct an explanation supported by evidence for the role of the natural greenhouse effect in Earth’s balance, and how it enables life to exist on Earth. Examples could include comparisons between Earth and other planets such as Venus and Mars. (ESS2.D)
The assessments are mostly multiple-choice with a few short-answer questions. Answer keys are included.