Weather and climate
Series: Holt science and technology short-course series
Grades: 5 6 7 8
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston
Atmosphere. Climate. Earth science. Weather.
Teacher guides; Textbooks.
This textbook, developed for students in middle school, explores characteristics of the atmosphere. It is part of the HOLT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY SHORT-COURSE series, which divides the science education curriculum into smaller, easy-to-handle textbooks. Each chapter opens with pre-reading and start-up activities. Sections within chapters begin with a reading strategy to help students organize and remember information. Numerous side notes within chapters highlight key concepts, direct students to relevant information on the Internet, and connect the content to other subject areas. An assessment review, standardized practice test questions, and a science in action excerpt conclude each chapter. Most chapters also end with a skills practice or inquiry investigation. The end of the book offers study skills and a math refresher. Also, the teacher's edition correlates the content to national standards, as well as offers a planning guide for each chapter. Lesson support, displayed around minimized student pages, provides educators with teaching strategies, reinforcement ideas, and extensions. A Spanish version of the book is also available.
One chapter on climate opens with a pre-reading activity that suggests students create a pyramid out of paper. On the three sides of the pyramid, students identify the three climate zones and their related characteristics. The start-up activity directs students to investigate how the angle of the sun's rays affects the temperature of Earth. Students shine a light on a globe that has thermometers attached at two different places. In the investigation at the end of the chapter, students interpret climatographs in order to identify the climate patterns for each biome. (Author/JAT)
Table of Contents:
Contents in brief
Scope and sequence
Math and science skills worksheets
Correlation to National Science Education Standards
1. The atmosphere
Section 1. Characteristics of the atmosphere
Section 2. Atmospheric heating
Section 3. Global winds and local winds
Section 4. Air pollution
Lab: skills practice: under pressure!
Labbook: skills practice: go fly a bike!
2. Understanding weather
Section 1. Water in the air
Section 2. Air masses and fronts
Section 3. Severe weather
Section 4. Forecasting the weather
Lab: inquiry: boiling over!
Labbook: skills practice
Watching the weather
Let it snow!
Gone with the wind
Section 1. What is climate?
Section 2. The tropics
Section 3. Temperate and polar zones
Section 4. Changes in climate
Lab: skills practice: biome business
Labbook: skills practice
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Record Created: 02/03/2005 Last Modified: 04/19/2005