Earth’s Atmosphere and Its Seasons
Earth’s Atmosphere and Its Seasons
Learn the causes of the seasons, Earth-Sun relationships, the composition of Earth’s atmosphere, our Sun’s role as the main source of energy that drives weather and climate, the greenhouse effect, and much more.

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You will Learn:

  • different types of weather and its impacts
  • difference between weather and climate
  • the composition of air, and the important roles of water vapor and carbon dioxide
  • why we have seasons
  • Earth’s motions and orientation in relation to the Sun
  • why the amount of solar energy received on Earth varies for different latitudes
  • the nature of solar radiation and paths taken by solar radiation
  • the greenhouse effect
  • how color influences the amount of light reflected by a surface
  • how to convert Fahrenheit and Celsius temperatures
  • why land and water heat up and cool off differently
  • how ocean currents, altitude, and prevailing winds influence temperature

Features Include:

  • written by Edward J. Tarbuck and Frederick K. Lutgens; illustrated by Dennis Tasa
  • clear, narrated explanations along with colorful animations and video clips
  • thought-provoking review questions and lab activities
  • a visual index and a clickable glossary
  • fully narrated with audio controls
  • student quiz scoring that can be used to generate a printed record
  • displayed in a window that can be moved and resized

Grade levels:

  • 5–12

Teacher Resources:

System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10
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Standards
Correlates to Next Generation Science Standards for Earth Science:
  • ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
  • ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
  • ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
  • ESS3.D: Global Climate Change
Supports Common Core Literacy in Science Standards:
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
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