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Modeling Earth's Atmosphere

Author(s): Nancy P. Moreno, PhD, Barbara Z. Tharp, MS, and Judith Dresden, MS.

Modeling Earth's Atmosphere

This activity uses guided inquiry to provide introductory instruction related to Earth’s atmosphere. Students will measure, model, infer, observe, and draw.


  • The atmosphere consists of layers of gases surrounding the Earth.
  • Each layer has different characteristics.

Student Worksheets

Student pages in the teacher’s guide are provided in English and in Spanish.

Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932

Houston Endowment Inc.

Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education