Get it? Weather eye + weather idea?? How’s that for a corny title? I’m the world’s worst for thinking of titles. I’m one of “those” people who sends an e-mail with no subject line because it takes too much effort to think of one. Ok. I lied. That annoys me. I’m one of those that wastes too much time thinking of one!
Anyway, we’ve been learning about weather. So here are my weather ideas.
We examined how different weather components can help us predict the weather. One of the components we studied was clouds. We watched a united streaming clip on the types of clouds, paused the clip after each type, and recorded our notes. Then we added illustrations to our notes.
Now tell me that’s not a cumulonimbus cloud!
Here’s what we used to make our clouds.
stratus white paint
cumulus 1 part shaving cream, 1 part Elmer’s glue
cumulonimbus 1 part shaving cream, 1 part Elmer’s glue +black paint
I can’t tell you how much my kids enjoyed this. They were grinning ear to ear (one of those evil grins) while heaping shaving cream onto their papers. The clouds dried relatively quickly and the class smelled good too!
Another component we studied was wind direction. We used this wind vane to determine the wind direction each day.
To make your own wind vane, put a straw around a hammer, hammer the nail into the wooden spoon, tape on a piece of paper, and label your cardinal directions. Then to determine the wind direction, find North and line up your spoon. The wind direction is the direction the wind is blowing from not the direction the wind is blowing in. That was a little hard for my students to grasp because it is opposite of the direction the paper points. If you know the wind direction and the air pressure you can predict the weather!
And of course you can’t do weather without doing the water cycle. After exploring the water cycle through several books, graphic organizers, crafts, and videos, we became water molecules ourselves and traveled through a simulation of the water cycle. With a roll of a die, the kids traveled through clouds, glaciers, groundwater, animals, vegetation, soil, lakes, oceans, and rivers to discover the importance of temperature in the water cycle and to understand that water remains in some locations longer than others.
Here’s a preview of the materials.
You can purchase the Water Cycle Journey kit for $1.50 at my teacherspayteachers store.
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