The Atmosphere: the Ocean of Air above Us

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Like a breath of fresh air, a good reading comprehension activity can be refreshing. Learn about Earth's atmosphere with a short passage about the different layers and gases in the atmosphere, and about the implications of air pollution. The resource also includes comprehension questions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Encourage learners to conduct more research on the atmosphere, including the ozone layer and the effects of pollution
  • Assign the reading as homework for extra practice
  • Use as a language arts and earth science interdisciplinary assignment 
Classroom Considerations

  • There are lines for readers to indicate their confidence in each answer; while it might be helpful for some learners, the line could be distracting or frustrating for others
Pros

  • A good way to combine reading and science in one activity
  • Provides a helpful diagram of the atmosphere's layers for reference
Cons

  • None
Common Core