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The Reason for the Seasons - National Geographic Society 1. Activate prior knowledge about seasons and sunlight.Explain to students that the Earth orbits an ideal distance from the sun, and this affects the weather we experience here on Earth. Ask: What are the different seasons? Write the sequence of the seasons on the board for students’ reference: winter, spring, summer, autumn. 2. 3. 4. 5. Does the sun shine more directly on the person on the top half of the Earth, or the person on the bottom half? 6. 7. When it is winter on the top (north) of the Earth, what season is it on the bottom (south) of the Earth?
Teaching_strategies Natural Hazards• ELI Natural Hazards category Plate tectonicsPlate tectonics - whole concept:-• Partial melting - simple process, huge global impact (ELI+)• Partial melting model and real rock (ELI+)• Plate riding (ELI+)• Plate tectonics through the window (ELI+)• Plate margins and movement by hand Evidence and explanation for the theory:-• Continental jigsaw puzzle (ELI+)• Earth time jigsaw puzzle• Geobattleships (ELI+)• Wegener’s ‘Continental drift’ meets Wilson’s ‘Plate tectonics’ (ELI+)• Did the continents move for you? Mechanism:-• Bouncing, bending, breaking• Mantle plume in a beaker (ELI+)• What drives the plates? Constructive or divergent plate margins:-• Mantle plume in a beaker (ELI+)• Magnetic stripes (ELI+)• Model a spreading ocean offset by transform faults (ELI+)• Continental split - the opening of the Atlantic Ocean Resources• Fracking: Recipe for the perfect fracking fluid• Make your own oil and gas reservoir• Trapped! Volcanoes• Blow up your own volcano!
Cloud in a Bottle Click here to watch the video! Adult supervision is required! Put on your safety glasses and start by pouring just enough warm water in the bottle to cover the bottom. Swirl the water around and then put the rubber stopper in the bottle. Start by pumping the foot pump five times. You will notice that as you start to pump, the rubber stopper will want to pop right out. Okay, so you've mastered the technique and you're ready for an even better cloud? Even though we don't see them, water molecules are in the air all around us. Pumping the bottle forces the molecules to squeeze together or compress. The reason the rubbing alcohol forms a more visible cloud is because alcohol evaporates more quickly than water. Clouds on Earth form when warm air rises and its pressure is reduced. Meteorologists young and old will marvel at our selection of scientific weather supplies. Sources for this information included the Exploratorium website and the National Hands-on Science Institute.
Weather Wiz Kids weather information for kids Science Teaching Junkie: Clearest Way to Teach Moon Phases...EVER! This moon phase board was fairly easy to make. After making a run to the Dollar Tree and rummaging through our science storeroom to collect the needed supplies to make this, it was pretty inexpensive and so worth every penny! Essentially, this Moon Phase board allows students to visualize and better understand the cause of moon phases and comprehend the 2 different views that are often given on a diagram (view from space and view from the Earth). Up to this point, I've done a Lunar Lollipop Investigation, which I thought was great, but this beats it by a long shot! A large majority of my students don't really understand why the lit part of the moon doesn't face the sun on part of the view as seen from Earth on every moon phase diagram (see below). Even though I give many different examples and explanations, I still see a puzzled look on several of the students' faces. Followed by the waxing crescent. The first quarter. Then waxing gibbous. Full moon Waning gibbous And finally, waning crescent.
Exploring Alternative Forms Of Energy Unit | 4th, 5th Grade Lessons This module’s essential challenge focuses on building and optimizing wind turbines. Students engage in a series of investigations to determine how wind turbines work. After investigating the concepts of energy transformation and the speed and force of objects, students engage in a design challenge in which they build and optimize wind turbine blades to produce the greatest energy output. Through this module, students build an understanding of the idea that energy can be converted from one form into another. NGSS addressed by this module: 3-5-ETS1-2 3-5-ETS1-3 4-PS3-1 4-PS3-4 Grade Band: 4-5 Watch the Video Engineering Design in the Classroom: Alternative Energy Download the Lessons Entire Unit: Alternative Energy DAYS 1–10: Alternative Energy Teacher Handbook Download DAYS 5 & 6: How Wind Energy Converts to Electrical Energy Students continue to explore the idea that mechanical energy from the wind can be converted into electrical energy.
Make a Cloud Mobile Make a Cloud Mobile This mobile of beautiful, feather-weight clouds is balanced so that any gentle breeze sends them turning and twisting. Some are rain clouds, dropping sparkling showers below. But it's not just a pretty work of art. You can make this cool Cloud Mobile with common materials and supplies—and a little patience to get it balanced just right. Here's how to make your mobile. Seeing through the clouds CloudSat is an Earth satellite that studies the clouds in ways never before possible. Knowing how clouds affect Earth's climate is very important. Here is a CloudSat poster showing all the cloud types and comparing their altitudes in the sky. I hung my Cloud Mobile over my bed.
Curious Little Apps :: The best educational iPad apps for kids Overview A six year old boy and his meteorologist dad set out to produce an app that would appeal to young children and have educational value. They succeeded and created this fantastic app that teaches children about weather. This practical app allows children and adults to keep track of weather forecasts around the world and look at an avatar who dresses accordingly. Ultimately children are encouraged to use this app alongside a parent as an everyday tool for dressing appropriately and looking at trends in the weather. Children and adults read facts about the weather, check the weather in places all over the world, look at weather appropriate clothing, view the temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius and graph their findings to compare their results. Learning outcome Ultimately this app aims to teach children about weather by giving them current real life information that can be related to their own lives. Usability More info This app encourages children to: Fun factor Negatives
Stargazers Elementary GLOBE - GLOBE.gov Overview Elementary GLOBE is designed to introduce primary (K-4) students to the study of Earth System Science. The complete instructional unit includes: Science-based storybooks designed to introduce students to key concepts in water, soil, clouds, seasons, aerosols, and Earth system studies. Classroom learning activities complementing the science content covered in each storybook that are designed to further engage students in GLOBE's 5 investigation areas. GLOBE makes every effort to provide translations of our materials in the 6 official U.N. languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish). Elementary GLOBE Kit and Storybook Set are available for purchase below Elementary GLOBE Kit Elementary GLOBE is designed to introduce students of grades K-4 to the study of Earth System Science (ESS). Storybook Set These Storybook Sets are comprised of five modules that address ESS and interrelated subjects including weather, hydrology, phenology and soils. Elementary GLOBE CD
Birthday Moons Students become familiar with lunar phases by locating and then graphing the Moon phase of their own birthdays. After listening and discussing lunar myths and legends they create their own Birthday Moon Stories. The learner will: generate a birthday moon for his/her birth date this year and the previous year using various web sites. classify his/her birthday moon and produce a "moon card" of his/her own birthday moon recognize and describe the patterns of the Moon's phases. National Mathematics Education Standards Materials and Technology Scientific Background Activity 1: Cut and paste the eight phases of the Moon. Activity 2: Use "moon cards" to enable students to become familiar with lunar phase sequences and patterns. Activity 3: Find out what the Moon looked like on each student's birthday. Activity 4: Students each draw a picture of their birthday moons on a blank card along with their birth date, year, and name of lunar phase. 1. 2. 3. 5. 6. How many pictures are in each phase? 9.