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Gallery Walk Questions on Air Pressure and Wind

This material was originally created for Starting Point:Introductory Geology
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.

created by Mark Francek, Central Michigan University

The following are potential questions that could be used in a gallery walk activity about Air Pressure and Wind. The questions are organized according to the cognitive level at which students are engaged, using Bloom's Taxonomy.


Name the earth's semi-permanent pressure zones.


1. The top of the page represents north. Draw a SW wind. Draw a NE flowing river.

2. Explain how these different local winds originate: land-sea breezes, mountain-valley breezes, katabatic winds, and the regional monsoons.


It's your wedding day and you want blue sky for the pictures. Draw pressure cells on the map that would likely produce a) fair skies, south wind b) clearing skies, northwest wind c) warm, rainy, winds from the south.


1. Discuss how surface air pressure would be impacted by air density and temperature.

2. Create a scenario that would modify the following at the global and local scales.

a) incoming solar radiation
b) gravity
c) pressure gradient force
d) Coriolis force
e) friction force


1. Write a wind forecast for a location near the equator assuming the earth ceased to rotate and your location is on the side of the earth facing the sun.

2. How is unequal heating of the earth responsible for our predominant wind pattern here in Michigan?


Rank the critical energy and matter transformations necessary to create a west wind.

Visit the introduction to Gallery Walks for more information about using Gallery Walks in your classes.

Learn more about creating questions for Gallery Walk using Bloom's Taxonomy

To see a more fully fleshed out example of a Gallery Walk activity, check out either Weather Map Interpretation or Soil Morphology.