Posts Tagged ‘weather’

Elementary Fun with Chemistry and Physical Science

July 6th, 2021

American Chemical Society – Inquiry In Action


Grades K-5 approximately, with parental supervision 

Check out this website published by the American Chemical Society where you can download lesson plans with activities that teach chemistry and physical science.

When you get to the website, choose from:

  • Kindergarten Lessons
  • Grade 2 Lessons
  • Grade 5 Lessons

In kindergarten, you can investigate the weather – What makes it rain or snow? What is wind? The second grade lessons include Float and Sink, Heating and Cooling and more. And in fifth grade, students can conduct experiments with M&M’s in water, and much more!

Be sure to check out Educational Resources from the top menu as well. This site is a great way to introduce chemistry and physics through engaging activities.

Geography through Earth Sciences

June 10th, 2021 – Geography For Kids


All grades, with parental supervision

This is brought to you by the geniuses who developed Chem4Kids and Biology4Kids.

When you get to the site, read the introduction as it contains good info on where to start and how to navigate for best use. To get started scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Next Stop On Site Tour” arrow, or use the site map that lists all of the topics, or use the menu to explore:

  • EARTH ENERGY – Explore global Geometry, electromagnetic radiation, waves and particles, solar energy, atmospheric interaction, and temperature including Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin scales.
  • EARTH STRUCTURE – Learn what the Earth is made of including the plates, mantles, the liquid inner core, the magnetic fields, rocks and minerals, and discover what tectonics has to do with earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • ATMOSPHERE – Find out what composes the atmosphere, thermosphere, stratosphere, and troposphere. Learn about temperature and air pressure, altitude, the Coriolis Force, and the Greenhouse Effect.
  • HYDROSPHERE – Discover how all kinds of water moves through the world including freshwater, seawater, and groundwater. Learn about wetlands and aquatic biomes. Learn how to identify cloud types.
  • BIOSPHERE – Investigate Earth’s Biosphere and learn about ecosystems, food chains, natural resources, and recycling.
  • BIO-GEO-CHEMICAL (BGC) CYCLES – Learn about the interactive cycles of our ecosystem that include carbon, water, oxygen, nitrogen, Iron, Phosphorus, and rocks.

You’ll also find information on climatology, weather, seasons, hurricanes, and more!

When you are through exploring each section of the site, you can take interactive quizzes to test your knowledge. A bonus feature is that this site provides links to its “sister” sites for further study in the fields of biology, chemistry, and the cosmos.

This is a terrific resource. I recommend you bookmark it to return often.

Tips for Helping Kids Stay Fit

May 8th, 2021



For Adults

Essentially this site archives interesting articles with tips and advice for keeping your kids active and fit by providing exercise and nutrition ideas.

When you get to the site, you’ll see instructions at the top of the screen for how to navigate the site. Below are some featured articles of interest. Use the menu on the left to access many articles by experts and journalists on these topics:

  • Fit Families – Learn how to make time for family fitness including using pets as exercise partners.
  • Fit Kids – Find out how much activity kids need, get fitness suggestions for 5-12-year-olds, learn about fitness equipment, personal trainers, and yoga for kids.
  • Fit Teens – Discover fitness games for teens, how to have a healthy body image, and how to manage stress through exercise.
  • Fit Under 5’s – Get fun activities to channel your preschooler’s boundless energy and form good nutrition and exercise habits early.
  • Fitness On the Go – Incorporate movement into holidays and vacations. Get the scoop on Sports and Weigh Loss Camps.
  • Home Fitness – Enjoy suggestions for active indoor play. Learn about exercise videos for kids and how to get fit playing computer games!
  • Nutrition & Health – Learn about foods that fuel active, growing bodies, and improve health and fitness.
  • Sports – Read advice on all kinds of sports activities from cold weather sports to extreme sports to martial arts for kids and more!

The articles are well-written with a nice balance of facts, practical advice, and easy tips for incorporating health and fitness into your family’s daily lives.

All About Weather with the NOAA

March 2nd, 2021



Grades 4-12, with parental supervision

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. Open the “Topics” link on the left sidebar and choose from:

  • 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 the weather on the sun affects us. Check out the weather on other planets. Enjoy a “Gallery of Space Weather.”

Explore the other menu items for even more valuable learning options that include games, multimedia, classroom activities, and much much more.

Bookmark this one – you’ll want to return many times to enjoy it all.

Virtually Visit Ski Resorts Around the World

February 12th, 2021



All grades, children with parental supervision


This website offers a view of ski resorts throughout the world through live cameras in thousands of locations.

Type the resort name into the search engine, or click on the country in the upper toolbar, then the location of your choice, and a new screen appears with thumbnail images from the cameras. Click on an image for a full-screen view. In some cases, the cameras are live streams, and in others, the images are updated at regular intervals throughout the day. (Some cameras only operate seasonally.)

You can extend the learning on this virtual field trip by keeping a world globe handy as you visit various ski resorts – point to the country it’s located in on the globe. Not only do you get a glimpse into life on the ski slopes, but weather throughout the world. If the country is located in the Southern Hemisphere, and the camera operates year-round, you will see a very different weather image at this time of year than you will when visiting ski resorts in the Northern Hemisphere.

Resources for Geography

February 11th, 2021


Grades 3-12, with parental supervision


This site is an archive of resources for learning about geography. Young children may also enjoy aspects of this site with parental assistance.

When you get to the site, use the menu to explore: 

  • Historical Global Weather – Data from 1763!
  • Climate – Learn all about the climate and temperature of different countries, as well as the geological aspects that contribute to the climate.
  • Flags – See the colorful flags of every country.
  • Maps – Get maps of the countries of the world, including population maps, world language maps, earthquake maps, time zone maps, and more!
  • Countries of the World – Learn about the history, population, geography, economy, transportation, communications, education, religion, government, and military in every country. Find out which countries are the “greenest” and the most livable places on earth. (Much of the information at this site is from the CIA’s factbook.)

You’ll also find photos, nautical charts, and airport codes here too.

Don’t miss reading the archived publication “Early Childhood: Where Learning Begins – Geography” which provides simple activities and ideas on how to teach geography to young children. The direct link to the publication is here.