Learning Exercise

Interactive Atmosphere Simulator

This lesson has kids writing research papers and interacting with the simulator while writing down data. See text of assignment below.
Course: 10th Grade Science/Language Arts

Interactive simulator for atmosphere behavior. See attached lesson for ideas. see more


ELL Literacy with NASA: Interactive Atmosphere Simulator
Grade Level: Tenth Grade
Objectives: Students will compose a research paper. 2. Students will interact
with the simulator. 3. Students will learn about our atmosphere.
CDE Language Arts: Research and Technology:?1.3 Use clear research questions and
suitable research methods (e.g., library, electronic media, personal interview)
to elicit and present evidence from primary and secondary sources.?1.4 Develop
the main ideas within the body of the composition through supporting evidence.
1.5 Synthesize information from multiple sources and identify complexities and
discrepancies in the information and the different perspectives found in each
medium. 1.6 Integrate quotations and citations into a written text while
maintaining the flow of ideas.?1.7 Use appropriate conventions for documentation
in the text, notes, and bibliographies by adhering to those in style manuals.
Evaluation and Revision?1.9 Revise writing to improve the logic and coherence of
the organization and controlling perspective, the precision of word choice, and
the tone by taking into consideration the audience, purpose, and formality of
the context. CDE Science: Energy in the Earth System: Energy enters the
Earth system primarily as solar radiation and eventually escapes as heat. As a
basis for understanding this concept: 4a: Students know the relative amount of
incoming solar energy compared with Earth's internal energy and the energy used
by society. 4c: Students know the different atmospheric gases that absorb the
Earth's thermal radiation and the mechanism and significance of the greenhouse
effect. 4d: Students know the differing greenhouse conditions on Earth, Mars,
and Venus; the origins of those conditions; and the climatic consequences of
CDE-ELL Literacy Component: Organization and Focus:
Develop a clear thesis and support it, using analogies, quotations, and facts
appropriately. Write a multi-paragraph essay, with consistent use of standard
grammatical forms. BTSA Component: Use
for Standard 19 compliance. Anticipatory
Website: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/atmosi.html Critical Tasks:
(in any order) 1. Student teams should create visual images and drawings in
order to support their understanding (and compare/contrast when possible). 2.
Allow for multiple interactions (individual and group) with simulator. 3. When
implementing lesson, follow the objectives. 4. Teacher must model exploration of
the difficult text. 5. Practice own and student ORAL delivery of content. 6.
Pre-teach concept of the existence of an atmosphere (use multiple images). 7.
Teacher and students are to be involved in guided reading. 8. Students must
report (orally) what they understand. 9. St udent teams must create a written
Assessment: Informally through observation and
formally through the rubric building website located at

Technical Notes

LCD projector, Internet, laptop, whitescreen needed.


Collaboration skills and the ability to follow directions.


Science, Language Arts, ELD, Technology

Type of Task

Learning Objectives

Students will compose a research paper. 2. Students will interact with the simulator. 3. Students will learn about our atmosphere.