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NWS Education Resources

NWS Education Resources
This page offers information for children, teens and adults. Materials range from coloring books, puzzles and games, to lesson plans, brochures, satellite images, and career information for weather related fields, such as meteorology, hydrology and climatology. Classroom Materials Student Sites Graphics, Photos, Images Glossary Glossary of Weather Terms Other Weather Sites Careers/Classes in Weather General Resources (NWS is not endorseing these sites, merely providing a service.) Related:  Lesson Ideas

Weather Wiz Kids weather information for kids Satellite Meteorology for Grade 7 - 12 : Home / Learning Modules May we suggest: To maximize learning from this Satellite Meteorology course we recommend that students: Go through each module in the order they are presented Engage in all hands-on exercises in the modules when they are offered Tackle "Problems with Solutions" and "Assessments" at the end of each module before moving on to the next one Note: "Problems and Solutions" and "Assessments" pages are only accessible on the last page of each module) Meteorology is an excellent topic to introduce middle and high school students to geoscience, physics, chemistry and applied mathematics.

Weather Wiz Kids weather information for kids 2-liter clear plastic pop bottle matches (children will need adult assistance to light matches) warm water Fill the clear plastic 2-liter bottle one-third full of warm water and place the cap on. As warm water evaporates, it adds water vapor to the air inside the bottle. This is the first ingredient to make a cloud. Squeeze and release the bottle and observe what happens. Take the cap off the bottle. Then drop the match in the bottle and quickly put on the cap, trapping the smoke inside. Once again, slowly squeeze the bottle hard and release. Water vapor, water in its invisible gaseous state, can be made to condense into the form of small cloud droplets.

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

The Thunderstorm The Cloud Lab | NOVA Labs Clouds are more than just clues to everyday weather; they can also help us understand high-impact events like major storms and future climate change. Scientists create mathematical representations, or models, of the climate system to help predict future changes. These models are based on an understanding of oceans and land surfaces and other atmospheric factors including clouds. In the Cloud Lab, you’ll learn how to classify clouds and what those cloud types mean for our weather. The Cloud Lab includes four activities and a series of videos: Cloud Typing We see clouds all the time, but are we really paying attention to their variations and what they can tell us about the atmosphere above and the weather ahead? Inside a Megastorm Hurricane Sandy was one of the most devastating and costly storms ever to strike the U.S. Analysis and Reconstruction Scientists analyze data like cloud temperature and height, storm height, and rainfall rate to predict a storm’s growth and movement. Videos

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.

A House of Seasons Piece It Together Frost Experiment | We Made That If you live someplace where the temperatures drop below freezing then you are familiar with Frost. We have left for school on many a morning and have seen the grass covered in a white shiny frost. With my oldest daughter being six and my youngest three, you can imagine that I have been asked on several occasions “MOM WHAT’S THAT!” This experiment is very easy and only takes a few minutes for the frost to form. What is happening with this experiment? Check out our other EXPERIMENTS and visit our SCIENCE Pintrest board for more Fun Science! Supplies Tin Can Ice Salt (rock salt or sea salt work better than table salt) Directions Put ice in your can then pour some salt in (the salt will speed up the experiment) After a few minutes you will see the Frost forming on the outside of the can Let the kids touch the Frost and see that it is like ice, that it is cold, and wet.

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