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Covering some 70 percent of Earth's surface, clouds play a key role in our planet's well-being. But how do they form, why are there so many types, and what clues can they give us about the weather and climate to come? Try your hand at classifying clouds and investigating the role they play in severe...
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COMET and MetEd offer many resources suitable for use in teaching geosciences to students in K-12.
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Published in 2010
"Trying to build a device to measure how fast the wind is blowing in this SciGirls engineering activity. You may have heard a weather reporter warn, """"Wind gusts are up to 30 mph!"""" Scientists measure wind speed using a weather instrument called an anemometer, which relies on cups attached to...
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Learn how to identify cloud types by using this flow chart from the International Cloud Atlas. Clouds are divided into 10 fundamental types known as genera, depending on their general form. The genera are then further subdivided based on a cloud's particular shape, structure and transparency; the...
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Collision and coalescence is the process by which cloud droplets grow large enough to fall as rain in clouds. You will suspend two ping pong balls in the stream of air supplied by a hair dryer. The balls will bump into each other, creating a clicking sound signifying the collision.
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We feel the wind everyday. The air is almost always in motion. One day it may be from the north and the next day from the south. There are many sources for wind: mechanical sources such as fans and, in nature, falling rain as it drags air along. But what is the origin of wind on the earth? Using a...
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Barometers using mercury are heavy and fragile. The first working version of an aneroid (without water) barometer was built in 1843 by French scientist Lucien Vidie. This made the barometer very portable and it became a commonly used meteorological instrument. It was still calibrated to the...
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The amount of air over us is constantly changing. As a result, the weight of that air, called pressure, is constantly changing. These changes in air pressure are indications of changes in our weather. We measure this change using a device called a barometer (bar-meter or measurer).
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Set the air temperature and dew point in the four different altitudes and see what type of precipitation will fall to the ground. Watch closely, they may even change form as they fall!
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WebWeather for Kids provides information on many different weather-related topics, such as clouds, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and more.
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The purpose of this experiment is to observe how a vortex forms.
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The purpose of this experiment is to observe how moisture, cooling temperature, and condensation nuclei play a role in cloud formation.
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The purpose of this experiment is to observe fog formation.
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A kid-friendly online portal to learn about different atmospheric phenomena, like the water cycle, severe weather, rainbows and clouds, and more.
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The Science center for Teaching, Outreach, and Research on Meteorology (the STORM Project) at University of Northern Iowa (UNI) is a cooperative program between NOAA and UNI. The Project seeks to initiate, support, and coordinate education, service, and research activities that relate to weather...
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The purpose of this experiment is to see convection.
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Published in 2015
This mini-weather unit (3-4 weeks) is intended to be used as a self paced series of lessons or independent study where students will work on tasks and check in both during and at the end of each task. Each class will begin with weather data collection followed by either starting a new task or...
Grade Level   6
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"Join Owlie and friends to embark on a """"Severe Weather Preparedness Adventure!""""Most appropriate for elementary and middle levels, this online game -- produced as part of NOAA and the National Weather Service's Young Meteorologist program -- teaches students how to stay safe through weather...
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How does a cloud form? What’s a sunspot? Why is climate changing? At The UCAR Center for Science Education’s Learning Zone, you can explore these questions and more.
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"Some days it feels """"""""dry"""""""" and some days it feels """"""""muggy-"""""""" even though the temperature is the same. This is due to differing amounts of water vapor in the air. In this activity, you will measure relative humidity in the air using just a temperature sensor, by comparing the...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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