Up Where the Air Is Clear

September 18, 2010 at 11:31 pm 1 comment

Weather, such a simple topic, but it seems to have taken a long time to cover. We up and moved (again) in the middle of this study which is never helpful, but we are now living in the same place for a whole five months. Moving three times over the summer was hard on this mom who likes to have things organized, but I know having things organized helped us survive it and kept our school moving along.

As usual, we used the Links to All Things Free for Homeschoolers blog as our curriculum, under Science, then Earth Science, then Weather.

Some main weather websites are The Tree House Weather Kids and The Weather Wiz Kids and Weather Interactives for your older students.

My kids used the different links each day to learn the info (telling me what they learned each day). We usually do a topic a week like atmosphere and clouds and then on Saturday we do our hands-on day.

 

The vase did not work for the egg experiment. The cloud in a bottle is what my son is doing in the picture.

 

Here are our hands-on projects. These were not done just one a week. We did the experiments together.

Make a cloud in a bottle

Watch atmospheric pressure at work

Evaporation and Wind Chill — observation experiment

Make it rain

Everyone made their own cloud picture.

Make cloud pictures –This was a great one for my 5 year old. (I just used regular flour and baking powder, not self-rising flour.) You microwave the picture when you are done to make your clouds puff.

 

My five-year-olds rendition of stratus clouds. I had them each pick whatever kind of cloud they wanted to create.

 

I assigned different kids each a different weather tool to make.

Make your own barometer

Make an anemometer

Make a weather vane

 

The weather vane

 

Everyone did weather forecasting. The first link is a great site. It was fun and interesting and has three different levels. They worked on that site for a few days and all week every day they wrote the day’s high temperatures for our state and the surrounding area as well as the daily wind speed and direction. We just had sunny days, but you would mark rain and clouds on the map too. Then on the last day they had to prepare and present a weather forecast. They made a map to show us of the day’s weather conditions and then had to give a three-day forecast of weather conditions and temperatures.

Learn how to forecast the weather

Map your daily temperatures

Map your daily winds

Print out your state map click on with adjacent

 

Weather map for my daughter's forecast presentation

 

My two older kids (8 and 10) did a lapbook on weather as a final project. I wasn’t going to do a lapbook, but it felt like we needed something to pull it all together. There are several weather lapbooks you can find on the Links blog. I took pieces from several of them and gave my kids different pieces, except for the water cycle one I made for them.  These are the pieces I used:

clouds (pp. 2, 5)

hurricanes (pp. 8-11)

electric storms (pp.7-8)

tornadoes (pp. 5-6, 9–I actually didn’t pick any pieces about tornadoes)

seasons (causes)

 


One of the lapbooks...I had them each do different pieces and then they had to show them to each other and explain their pieces.

Here are some links for younger learners, things my 5-year-old did:

Coloring pages

Weather Graph everyday he filled in a square for what kind of weather it was outside

Weather Chart (from practical pages)

I had to put this together myself (laminated with clear packing tape), but my son loved moving the pieces each day.

 

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  • 1. See Jamie blog  |  October 1, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I like these ideas! I’ll have to visit the links you mention, too, because I have not done nearly enough related to weather. Thanks!

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