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What is the Atmosphere?


A short reading by the Aspen Global Change Institute that summarizes what the atmosphere is. This resource can be used as an introduction to the topic by teachers interested in teaching about climate change and the role of the atmosphere.

This reading includes overview discussions on the following topics: 

  • What is the atmosphere?
  • What makes up the atmosphere?
  • How do humans affect the atmosphere?

The reading also includes a short journal activity.

Students will understand what the atmosphere is. They will also understand about climate change and the role of the atmosphere.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the atmosphere?
  2. Discuss climate change and the role of the atmosphere
About Tool
Tool Name The Atmosphere
Discipline Earth Sciences, Geography, Environmental Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Change Overview, Atmosphere
Climate Topic Climate and the Atmosphere, Climate Literacy, Introduction to Climate Change
Type of tool Reading 
Grade Level Middle School, High School 
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Aspen Global Change Institute 
Hosted at Aspen Global Change Institute website
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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