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Investigating the Atmosphere - Air Takes Up Space

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How do you know there is air? Can you see it, smell it, feel it? To begin the investigation, learners watch a video and discuss what they know about air and the atmosphere. Then, they participate in five different hands-on, inquiry-based activities to learn how air behaves in the atmosphere. The lesson provides connections to both physical science and space science.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Divide the class into small groups and set each activity up at a station while groups rotate around to each activity
  • Use follow-up activity to provide more investigation, then assign research on central heating or layers of atmosphere to make a real-life connection
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires materials many classrooms do not contain
  • Includes interesting hook and trigger questions to engage learners
  • Offers flexibility to use all or some of the activities depending on class needs
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