My kids wanted to learn all about weather, so I cobbled together several resources to make a unit. You may notice that we watch a lot of videos in this unit. Not only are videos an engaging way of presenting some of the more abstract concepts related to weather (like air pressure and air currents), but my kids are thoroughly excited about watching videos related to anything at all lately, so any video I found was a win. I tried to find a video or three (almost all short ones!) to go with each topic, but also a hands-on activity for every topic, as well. Hopefully you’ll find plenty of fodder for exploring weather, whether you are a video-lover or not.
Much of my unit was based on this 3rd grade unit from the Williams College website, though I adapted the activities for home use.
We started our science unit by talking about water. Since 71% of the earth is covered by water, it has a big impact on weather. To emphasize just how much water there is on the earth, we used our big inflatable globe and tossed it from person to person, tallying how often the tip of our right thumb hit land and how often it was in water when we caught the globe. Sure enough, we had seven “land” tallies and 18 “water” tallies. Continue reading