Chicago Public Schools - Teacher Leadership Institute
- The Construction and Use of the Quadrant is included in our discussion of measuring angles
- Size and Distance Relationships in the Solar System are discussed in the Playdoh Universe
- Light travel times to nearby objects are discussed here
- The explanation for lunar phases is described on the lunar phases page
- A description of eclipses is found in solar and lunar eclipses
- The Earth as a Planet is described in this section of basic Earth parameters
Weather Map Studies
Below are links to the maps we will use later on in the workshops. Most show the original map in a downloadable .pdf format along with a version containing solutions (which could be isotherms, isobars, fronts, or isallobars depending on the nature of the map). These solutions are currently not viewable but will be once you turn your maps in.
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Cloud Types and Cloud Formation
As we study the weather associated with fronts and frontal passages, we realize that the appearance of certain types of clouds can help us predict the future weather. Thus, it is important to know how clouds are classified, and the atmospheric conditions that produce each cloud type.
The bulk of clouds that we will be concerned with are classified according to two criteria:
- The height of the base of the cloud.
- Whether the cloud is "flat" or vertically developed.
The height of the base of the cloud tells you the elevation at which cloud condensation occurs. Whether the cloud is "flat" (stratus like clouds) or vertically developed (cumulus like clouds) is dependent on how the conditions forming the clouds. The University of Illinois Urbana Champagn has an excellent website covering cloud identification and formation.
My page on fronts contains information on how clouds form as well as the type of clouds associated with frontal passages.