Sky and Cloud Windows

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
3 4 5 6 7 8
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI); Earth Science Week (ESW); The Weather Channel (TWC)
Summary:Is today sunny or overcast? Is there wind, rain, or snow? No matter where you live, weather shapes your life. What’s happening in the sky can determine how you dress, what you eat, where you spend your time, and when you work—or play. The science of the sky encompasses Earth and space science (from the solar system to the water cycle), physical science (from heat and energy to motion and forces), and science in personal and social perspectives (from the environment to global climate change). In this activity, students will conduct experiments or participate in demonstrations to answer questions about sky and weather phenomena. Students also will analyze and present data.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 3
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:3-ESS2-1; MS-ESS2-5
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Planning and carrying out investigations
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Patterns
Subjects: 6-8; atmosphere; climate; earth science week; elementary school; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; middle school; weather
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