Gases in the Atmospheric Layers

Gases in the Atmospheric LayersAtmospheric Layers

The next time you empty the punched out circles from your hole punch, save the paper circles for this activity. The punched circles will become gas molecules. (Students will need three colors of punched circles to represent nitrogen, oxygen, and other gases.)


Instructions:

1) Print the organizer [The link for the pdf organizer is found at the bottom of this page.] onto colored paper.

2) You will need to trim the edges for the page to fit into the students’ interactive notebooks.

3) Students will label the layers of the atmosphere: 

troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere and thermosphere and the borders:
tropopause, stratopause, and mesopause.

4) Students will glue the punched circles onto the page to represent molecules in the atmosphere. Here are the proportions.

 


These numbers represent the proportion if the layers were equal in size:


These numbers take into consideration that the atmospheric layers are not equal in depth:


Troposphere
19 nitrogen
5 oxygen
1 other gases

Stratosphere
11 nitrogen
3 oxygen
 1 other gases

Mesposphere
6 nitrogen
1 oxygen
 0 other gases

Thermosphere
2 nitrogen
0 oxygen
0 other gases

For a total of:
38 nitrogen
9 oxygen
2 other gases


Troposphere
19 nitrogen
5 oxygen
1 other gases

Stratosphere
22 nitrogen
6 oxygen
1 other gases

Mesposphere

12 nitrogen
2 oxygen
0 other gases

Thermosphere
6 nitrogen
1 oxygen
0 other gases

For a total of:
59 nitrogen
14 oxygen
2 other gases

 

It doesn’t matter which color students select for nitrogen, oxygen, or other gases.

Atmospheric Layers Graphic Organizers

5)

        Students will need to create a key to show what each colored dot represents.

 Atmospheric Layers Graphic Organizer

 6)

        Have students draw a line to show temperature ranges in the atmosphere. [Refer to the information of the image at the top of this post for where the line should be drawn.]



Get the printable patterns and instructions here.



Gay Miller

 

 

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