Age Range: 9-18 (grades 4-12, depends on the activity)
This NASA website provides free information about weather, space, atmosphere and satellites through engaging multi-media animations, images, activities, games and downloadable teacher resources.
When you get to the site you’ll see a featured presentation in the center of the screen. Directly to the left, you’ll see a menu that includes:
- Weather — Learn from topics such as, Ask a Weatherman, Weather Folklore, Write a Weather Adventure, Bad Weather Joke Machine and more.
- Hurricanes and Storms — Find out how a hurricane forms? Watch a “Parade of Floods.”
- Clouds, Water, and Ice — Check out a “Gallery of Glaciers,” try some of the “Classroom Activities” that can be tweaked for homeschool use.
- Tides and Oceans — Discover what causes tides and why they’re weird sometimes. View a “Gallery of Oceans.”
- Atmosphere — Get the answer to the age-old question, “Why is the sky blue?”
- Seasons — Learn why the Earth has seasons.
- Satellites and Technology — Make a weather satellite, learn all about GOES, and be “Spuzzled!” Lots of great satellite info here.
- Space Weather — Learn how weather on the sun affects us, check out the weather on other planets, enjoy a “Gallery of Space Weather.”
You can also click on the horizontal menu near the top of each page that includes:
- Fun & Games — A selection of fun games from the extensive menu described above.
- Now I Get It — A selection of popular topics from the extensive menu including “What is the Scientific Method” along with ideas for a weather science project.
Book mark this one — you’ll want to return many times to enjoy it all.