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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Weather study ideas

As with other science studies, first hand observation is paramount.  The doing is very important here.

Start keeping a weather chart. Check the temperature, rain, sky, every day at the same time(s) and mark them on a chart.

Rain: Make a simple rain gauge (two or one litre plastic bottle, x-acto knife, etc). Read 'the Story of the Rain Gauge.'

 Wind: Make a weather vane: You need some stuff like a wad of clay, a pin, a pencil with fresh eraser, some cardboard and coloured paper, a straw, a compass (your phone should have one) Super cool, more complex- make an anemometer- measure wind speed: Just like somebody from Canada is a Canadian and somebody from Korea is Korean, winds are named based on where they are from. An easterly wind comes from the east, and the north wind blows from the north.

 Air Pressure: do this experiment:
Make the balloon diver (you need a balloon, some paperclips, a foil packet like ketchup comes in at fast food restaurants, or maybe one that held single serve salad dressing or pop rocks, and a clear plastic bottle);
Air has weight demonstrations: one uses straws, balloons, and maybe some tape or string. One uses a bike pump, an old bike valve you can take off an old bike tire, and a plastic bottle with its cap.

 Read about the invention of the Barometer here (page 42):

 A whole page of pumps to make from things you might have at home:

the story of the barometer: page 782

Keep a weather record for at least two weeks putting down your observations under the heads given above.
Make your own readings twice a day if possible first in the forenoon and again in the afternoon The book

Weather Riddles is free online here: It has 8 chapters, probably best for about grade 6 up, but you know your children best. You could read 2 chapters in week one, and spend week two doing experiments and first hand weather observations, then one chapter the next week, while taking the daily weather observation, then a week of time spent on experiments, demonstrations, activities and daily charts, then a chaper, and so on, with two chapters the final week.  IOW, 2 chapters the first and final week, then one chapter every other week between.

  Consider reading The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind this term, the one for young readers.

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