Weather in the Classroom

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

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Reading the directions at a station.
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Double checking the directions
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Cloud in a Bottle

Station 2: Density Currents/Convection

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Modeling density currents in a plastic container
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Making scientific observations
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Thinking about the experiment
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Recording observations

Station 3: Temperatures in the Shade and Sun

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Using an IR thermometer to determine the skin temperature of objects outside
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Using an IR thermometer to determine the skin temperature of objects outside
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Using an IR thermometer to measure the skin temperature of objects outside
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Examining the data to draw conclusions from our observations

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!

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