Curriculum Standards for The Atmosphere Project


3.01 Explain the composition, properties and structure of the atmosphere:
  • Mixture of gases.
  • Stratified layers.
  • Each layer has distinct properties.
  • As altitude increases, air pressure decreases.
  • Equilibrium.

3.02 Describe properties that can be observed and measured to predict air quality:
  • Particulate matter.
  • Ozone.

3.03 Conclude that the good health of environments and organisms requires:
  • The monitoring of air quality.
  • Taking steps to maintain healthy air quality.
  • Stewardship.

3.04 Evaluate how humans impact air quality including:
  • Air quality standards.
  • Point and non-point sources of air pollution in North Carolina.
  • Financial and economic trade-offs.
  • Local air quality issues.

3.05 Examine evidence that atmospheric properties can be studied to predict atmospheric conditions and weather hazards:
  • Humidity.
  • Temperature.
  • Wind speed and direction.
  • Air pressure.
  • Precipitation.
  • Tornados.
  • Hurricanes.
  • Floods.
  • Storms.

3.06 Assess the use of technology in studying atmospheric phenomena and weather hazards:
  • Satellites.
  • Weather maps.
  • Predicting.
  • Recording.
  • Communicating information about conditions.