ES Module 15 : The Atmosphere
Lesson 1 : Earth's Atmosphere
Standard(s): SC.912.L.17.19 Describe how different natural resources are produced and how their rates and renewal limit availability.
Objective(s): (1) Describe the properties of the atmosphere, (2) Identify the four main layers of the atmosphere, (3) Explain heat transfer and the interaction of air masses in the troposphere.
Essential Question: How can we describe Earth's atmosphere?
Vocabulary: atmosphere, relative humidity, air pressure, troposphere, stratosphere, ozone layer, mesosphere, thermosphere, radiation, coduction, convection, convection current, air mass, front.
Assignment(s): Cornell Notes 15-1; Earth's Atmosphere IP
Lesson 2 : Pollution of the Atmosphere
Standard(s): SC.912.L.17.16 Discuss the large-scale environmental impacts from human activity, including waste spills, oil spills, runoff, greenhouse gases, ozone depletion, and surface and groundwater pollution.
Objective(s): (1) Explain how both natural processes and human activities can cause air pollution, (2) Describe how air pollutants affect human health, (3) Explain what causes smog and how temperature inversions affect it and other forms of air pollution, (4) Explain how acid deposition occurs and describe its effects.
Essential Question: What are the sources of air pollution?
Vocabulary: air pollution, emission, fossil fuel, primary air pollutant, secondary air pollutant, smog, temperature inversion, acid deposition
Assignment(s): Cornell Notes 15-2; Pollution of the Atmosphere IP
Lesson 3 : Controlling Air Pollution
Standard(s): SC.912.L.17.13 Discuss the need for adequate monitoring of environmental parameters when making policy decisions.
Objective(s): (1) Explain how the provisions of the Clean Air Act have reduced air pollution in the United States, (2) Describe international efforts to reduce the ozone hole.
Essential Question: What measures can limit and prevent pollution of the atmosphere?
Vocabulary: Clean Air Act, catalytic converter, scrubber, ozone hole, chlorofluorocarbon (CFC), Montreal Protocol
Assignment(s): Cornell Notes 15-3; Controlling Air Pollution IP
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