This multi level hands on free home school unit study was designed to meet the needs of my family of seven home schooled children ages eight to fifteen. I limit textbook reading in our science studies to short passages and look for highly interactive exploratory ways to engage my kids in their science lessons. This study was centered around a text created to meet the National Science Education Standards with researched based learning strategies.
On the left work for independent learning students to complete. On the right are my resources for lecture/teaching and interactive labs.
Meteorology Unit Study
Earth's Atmosphere multi media and interactive
Our YOUTUBE Playlist has more videos in order of the lessons presented here.
Watch 2 videos: Atmostphere Introduction, Structure of our Atmostphere ,
Polar Atmosphere The Northern Lights
Aurora Borealis Video
The aurora can be seen best at this time, which is called magnetic midnight. In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas, by Galileo in 1619.
Section 1: What is Weather
Factors that determine weather: air pressure
moisture in the air
Watch: What is Weather
Read: Chapter 1 Section 2
Watch: Water Cycle
Remember: More water vapor can be present in warm air than in cold air.
Water vapor condenses when it reaches the dew point.
This BEAUTIFUL video is an inspiration for an art project we will be completing about the aurora borealis
Here's some more reading material from Window to the Universe
The Air Around Us
Water Cycle from Genesis God of Wonders Documentary
Watch the video SCIENCE COURT : Water Cycle
Clouds function as earth's curtains, balancing the temperature. When they form, they block the sun when the temperature on earth becomes too hot, and they let the sunlight in when it becomes too cold. When the earth is hot, more water evaporates from the oceans and turns into clouds. These clouds reflect more energy and the earth cools. When the earth is cold, the clouds cool and condense into rain and snow. With fewer clouds, less energy is reflected. The energy reaches the earth and warms it. The earth has the most diverse collection of reflective surfaces in our solar system.
Water is the most abundant chemical compound on earth. Water covers three fourths of the earth's surface. Between half to three fourths of your body is water. Water is ideal for carbon-based chemistry.
Great resources for interactive notebooks and worksheets for Water Cycle from Excellence in Teaching Science
Homeschool Share WEATHER CONNECTIONS
Hands On Activities
Water Cycle Experiment
Glencoe Worksheets for Weather
Clouds and Precipitation
Cloud classifications and the processes by which clouds and precipitation develop.
CUMULUS piled up
STRATUS like a sheet
NIMBO STRATUS dark rain sheets
Identify 4 types of cloud printable photographs and worksheet
Cloud Diorama from The Homeschool Voyager
Magic School Bus Air Pressure
Hole in the Ozone
Unit Study Resources for
Classroom unit studies from science institutes and universities
NASA Meteorology unit study
*I haven't used this just thought it was a good resource for further exploration
- Introduction and Chapter 1, +pdf
- Chapter 2: Weather and Climate, +pdf
- Chapter 3: Surface Color and Effect of Temperature Change, +pdf
- Chapter 4: Angle of Light Rays and Surface Distribution, +pdf
- Chapter 5: Barometer Basics, +pdf
- Chapter 6: Constructing a Barometer, pdf
- Chapter 7: Does Air Have Weight?, +pdf
- Chapter 8: Can You Show That the Temperature of Air Has an Effect on Its Weight and Its Direction of Vertical Movement?, +pdf
- Chapter 9: Are Cold Liquids More Dense Than Warm Liquids?, +pdf
- Chapter 10: Does Air Contain Water Vapor?, +pdf
- Chapter 11: A Sling Psychrometer and Relative Humidity, +pdf
- Chapter 12: How Clouds Form —Understanding the Basic Principles of Precipitation, +pdf
- Chapter 13: Tornado in a Box, +pdf
- Chapter 14: Design Challenge: What Factors Determine the Comfort Level of Air?, +pdf
- Chapter 15: Bringing More Meaning to Weather Predicting: the Weather Station and “Reading” the Sky Help Put It All Together, +pdf
- Chapter 16: Predicting Weather by Connecting the Basic Cloud Types With Information Collected from the Weather Station, +pdf
- Appendices, +pdf
- About the Authors , +pdf
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