Stacking up the Atmosphere

In this hands-on activity, participants learn the characteristics of the five layers of the atmosphere and make illustrations to represent them. They roll the drawings and place them in clear plastic cylinders, and then stack the cylinders to make a model column of the atmosphere.

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Betsy Youngman
Jean Pennycook
Louise Huffman
LuAnn Dahlman
ANDRILL- University of Nebraska
Activity takes about one 45-min class period. Additional materials required.

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The PDF of the activity is accompanied by PowerPoint slides and a video. The video shows a professional development workshop implementing the activity. It could be very helpful for the teacher to view this in advance of using the activity.

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