Last week our 4th-6th grade Española River Classroom students were supposed to meet us on the Rio Chama. We ended up having to change plans due to weather, so our students came back to NMWC for the first time since Christmas Break. It’s a new year and a new semester, and we began discussing a new topic- weather!
Our students had some pretty good ideas about weather before we even began class. Our initial discussion centered on the question “What is weather, and how do we measure it?”
Students then broke up into four groups. Each group investigated one aspect of weather, and the class rotated through all four “weather stations”.
Station 1: Cloud in a bottle
Station 2: Density Currents/Convection
Station 3: Temperatures in the Shade and Sun
Station 4: Blue Skies/Orange Sunsets
After completing our “weather stations”, our students got a short introduction to weather forecasting.
I’m sure that the next time we have a trip planned to an outdoor location, they’ll be able to help decide “weather” or not we should go!