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Throughout the school year, I will share some of the questions we ponder as we engage in the process of science. Here is a sampling of some of the "big idea" questions that I pose during our study of meteorology:
- What are the features and characteristics of Earth's atmosphere?
- What is the composition of Earth's atmosphere?
- How is heat transferred in Earths's atmosphere?
- What are the three types of heat transfer in Earth's atmosphere, and how does each work?
- What is Earth's energy budget?
- How do scientists measure, record, and analyze various types of weather data?
- How do we measure air temperature?
- How do we measure dewpoint and humidity?
- How do we measure atmospheric pressure?
- How do we measure wind direction and wind speed?
- How do we draw isobars?
- What are fronts and how do we locate them on a weather map?
Types of Weather
- What causes weather?
- How are clouds formed?
- How do scientists forecast the weather?
- How do different types of severe weather form?
- How do scientists monitor severe weather?
- How do we prepare for and stay safe during severe weather?
- How do scientists study global climate and climate change?
- What are the factors affecting climate change over time?
- What is the greenhouse effect and how does it work?
- How do we measure "parts per million?"
- How does carbon cycle through the Earth system over time?
- What is our current understanding of climate change?
For more information about effective questioning:
Ivan Hannel, Insufficient Questioning, Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 91, No. 3, November 2009, pp. 65-69. In this article, author Ivan Hannel discusses how highly effective questioning can keep students interested and improve their learning.