We are going to spend the next 2 weeks doing a unit study on weather. We will use this ready made unit from Intellego as our core curriculum. It has lots of different reading, animations, websites, experiments and craft activities. I'll be supplementing this with lots of experiments, mainly from these 2 books- "365 Experiments" and "Make it Work: Weather". The "Make it Work" series are currently out of print but most seem to be available at our library or from second-hand sellers. The "365 experiments" book has a whole section on weather experiments. You can get the book from many discount book stores or from Amazon.
The children will also have assigned reading from our collection of weather books and others which we find at the library. We'll also use the weather section from the Mr. Q Earth Sciences curriculum.
Today we began by setting up our weather station kit outside. It has a thermometer, rain gauge and anemometer. We recorded our prediction for today's weather and compared it to the weather forecast at WeatherZone. The children took a photograph of the clouds and found out what type they were. Each day we'll also record the actual weather and later use the information in graphs and charts.
Today we were talking about wind direction. The children made some windmills to catch the breeze. Watch this tutorial to find out how to make them.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's activities.