Weather Maps and Air Pressure Activities for Middle School Science

The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of weather maps and air pressure. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Weather Maps and Air Pressure 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Weather Maps and Air Pressure Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.


The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.


After completing the Weather Maps and Air Pressure 5E Lesson, students will be able to identify how global patterns of atmospheric movement influence local weather using weather maps that show high and low pressures and fronts.


Distance-Learning Ready

The Weather Maps and Air Pressure Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.


Students will read weather forecasts and identify the factors that contribute to the resulting weather. Students will create a weather map with this information. They will also learn about air pressure.


The Weather Maps and Air Pressure Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and
a CER conclusion.


Distance-Learning Ready

Sub Plans


The Weather Maps and Air Pressure Sub Plan is a complete lesson that takes students through a warm-up, reading passage, independent activity, extension activities, and an assessment.

The worksheets are designed to make your sub day a breeze for you, your students, and the substitute teacher. They are also perfect for distance learning.



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Weather Maps and Air Pressure Classroom Experiences

Create a powerful student experience to help solidify students' understanding of weather maps and air pressure. The following experience is also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Weather Escape Room is an immersive experience for your students. It allows them to demonstrate their knowledge of air masses, weather maps, weather instruments, and high and low air pressure.

Students must use what they know about cold fronts, warm fronts, stationary fronts, occluded fronts, high and low air pressure, weather instruments, and weather forecasting to complete the escape room.


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Year-Round Resources


These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics. All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.

These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.

Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.

Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.


Essential Questions and Standards

Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the weather maps and air pressure unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Essential Questions
  • How can you use weather maps to explain global weather patterns and their influence on local weather?
  • How can you interpret high and low-pressure areas as well as fronts on a weather map?
Standards
  • MS ESS2-4 - Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity
  • MS ESS2-5 - Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions
  • TEKS Science 8.10 B - Identify how global patterns of atmospheric movement influence local weather using weather maps that show high and low pressures and fronts

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