What Makes the Weather Change?
In this unit, students learn about climate by investigating daily, seasonal and annual weather patterns. The unit is organized around a scenario in which a fictional humanitarian aid organization operating in India requests their help in predicting the onset and severity of the phases of monsoon cycle. Students develop an understanding of the concepts of climate, weather, pattern, and predictability, which they apply in the context of the scenario’s prediction challenge. They also learn how energy from the sun and the variation in earth surface features create the convection cells in the atmosphere that determine large-scale patterns of temperature, clouds, wind, and precipitation.