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A science reading lesson on understanding weather basics.
 

LAYERS OF THE ATMOSPHERE

A science lesson on understanding the different layers of the earth's atmosphere. Includes printable teaching reading comprehension lesson worksheets.

Suggested Grades:

3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade

 

Objectives:

  • Students will learn the five layers of the atmosphere.
  • Students will learn that the atmosphere has different properties at different elevations.
  • Students will learn that the atmosphere is a mixture of gases.

 

  

 
 
 

 

EARTH ATMOSPHERE LAYERS LESSON

 

Directions:

Print the Layers of the Atmosphere reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).

 

Students should read the passage silently, then answer the questions.  Teachers may also use the text as part of a classroom lesson plan.

 

Lesson Excerpt

   The atmosphere is a layer of gases around Earth.  It is held in place by Earth's gravity.  We usually call it air.  The atmosphere is made up of about 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen.  There is also some water vapor, a little carbon dioxide, and some other gases in very small amounts.  Our atmosphere protects us by absorbing ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun.  The atmosphere also helps us by reducing temperature increases or decreases between day and night.  Without the atmosphere, there could not be any life on Earth.  People and animals need oxygen to breathe.  Plants need carbon dioxide to do photosynthesis. 

     The gases in the atmosphere are thicker or denser closest to the ground.  The higher up you go, the thinner the atmosphere becomes.  There is no definite boundary between the atmosphere and outer space.  The gases slowly become thinner and drift into space.  As you move up through the atmosphere, it changes.  It is made up of several layers.

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LESSON PRINTABLES

Layers of the Atmosphere Lesson and Worksheet

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