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Weather and Climate: 13 StudyJams! Interactive Science Activities

Through real-world examples presented in a multimedia format that kids enjoy, these 13 activities help students understand weather and climate, including seasons, clouds and precipitation, severe storms, oceans, tides, and the earth's atmosphere.

Grades

3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Interactive Whiteboard Activities

Weather and Climate

Want to know whether to take along your umbrella? Consult the weather. But then, what is climate for? We are here to tell you!

Seasons

You probably know which season is your favorite, but do you know what causes seasons? 

Clouds and Precipitation

Do the clouds in the sky mean it will snow or that a thunderstorm is coming? Find out how precipitation works, and you will know!

Air Pressure and Wind

Why is wind so powerful if you can't even see it? Everything from a breeze to a hurricane is caused by air pressure.

Weather Instruments

Did you know there are tools you can use to predict the weather? Meteorologists use them every day to help you decide whether to wear a jacket or your raincoat.

Air Masses and Fronts

What has a constant temperature and humidity and is made of air? You guessed it! It is an air mass, and it has a big influence on weather.

Severe Storms

Severe storms are more than just rain, thunder, and lightning. There are a lot of ways the weather can get dangerous.

The Water Cycle

You probably see rain or snow all the time, but do you know how water gets back up into the sky? The water cycle makes sure water gets where it needs to go.

Earth's Oceans

Ever wonder why ocean water is salty? Believe it not, most of that salt comes from rocks! Volcanic gases also add to the ocean's saltiness

Waves and Currents

Waves and currents are different, but they work together. They give the ocean a lot of its motion.

Tides

The ocean does not always stay the same depth. Sometimes it is deep and others times it is shallow. Do you know why?

The Ocean Floor

You might have thought Mount Everest was Earth's tallest mountain, but that is not quite true. Earth's tallest mountains and deepest valleys are all beneath the ocean's surface!

Earth's Atmosphere

When it is cold outside, what is better than a big, thick blanket? The Earth feels the same way, and that is why we are lucky to have our atmosphere!

 

 

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