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Weather in the Atmosphere

In this unit of study, you will be introduced to the study of weather. You will come to understand how water cycles on Earth, how the sun’s energy affects Earth’s atmosphere, and how these factors contribute to weather. You will also learn how scientists predict weather changes to help people prepare for severe weather. In the following weeks of study, the unit will provide you with a deepening understanding of weather.
Lesson 1 The Atmosphere Around You Lesson 2 Water in the Atmosphere Lesson 3 Air Masses Lesson 4 Predicting Weather Changes Lesson 5 Severe Weather and Floods
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September 28th - October 2nd Weekly Agenda

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The Hydrosphere

Lesson 3 emphasizes the water cycle and where it can be found on Earth. The water cycle is the continuous process by which water moves from Earth’s surface to the atmosphere and back again. As the Sun heats up the surface of the Earth, water evaporates. Animals also release water vapor into the atmosphere as they breathe. Plants draw in water from the soil through their roots. Eventually, the water is given off through the leaves as water vapor in a process called transpiration. After water molecules evaporate into the atmosphere, warm air carries the water molecules upward. Condensation is the process by which water vapor becomes liquid water. As more water vapor condenses, the water droplets grow larger. Eventually, they become so heavy that gravity causes them to fall back to Earth in the form of precipitation. 
This week in Earth Science: Monday - Reading Lesson 3 The Hydrosphere while completing handout The Hydrosphere. Tuesday - The Hydrosphere Guided Lesson Part 1 with handout…

Weekly Agenda September 21st-25th

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Surface Features in the Geosphere

Lesson 2, Surface Features in the Geosphere, discusses the topography of the geosphere. Topography of the geosphere is concerned with landforms and the processes that form them. Landforms can  be divided into two main groups. The first group includes landforms that are the result of constructive forces that build up Earth’s land surface, such as mountain building and volcanic activity. The second group includes landforms shaped by the destructive forces of weathering and erosion. Those forces slowly wear away the landforms in the first group and create new landforms composed of sediment.

This week in Earth Science:
Monday - Reading Lesson 2 Surface Features in the Geosphere pp. 12-21 while completing handout Surface Features in the Geosphere.
Tuesday - Surface Features in the Geosphere Guided Lesson Part 1 with handout Surface Features in the Geosphere
Wednesday - Surface Features in the Geosphere Guided Lesson Part 2 with handout Surface Features in the Geosphere
Thursday - Landforms Acti…