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Ch 10: Weather for Elementary School

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Your child can study the weather in all of its various forms by exploring the engaging lessons in this chapter. Developed by expert educators, the chapter includes five-question quizzes that will evaluate overall progress.

Weather for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

Designed for elementary and middle school students, this chapter's lessons detail all of the elements that make up the weather. Some of the lessons' focal points include humidity, barometric pressure and atmospheric layers. Incorporate the weather-related lessons into your child's daily routine so the information can become part of his or her knowledge base.

Written transcripts make up the bulk of the text lessons, which also feature course and quiz tabs. Students can interact with science experts by submitting their questions for assistance. This function is located on the Dashboard.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
Weather Symbols & Maps Lessons for Kids Students are introduced to weather symbols and maps in these two separate lessons.
Layers of the Atmosphere & Weather Fronts Lessons for Kids In these two lessons, the atmosphere's layers are outlined and weather fronts are defined and explained.
Atmospheric Pressure, High & Low Air Pressure, & Barometric Pressure Lessons for Kids The causes and effects of these different pressure forms are explored in three different lessons for elementary and middle school students.
Evaporation Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts Students learn all about the process of evaporation and its place in the water cycle.
Humidity & Relative Humidity Lessons for Kids Instructors teach students about humidity and its effects.
Extreme Weather, Natural Disaster, Tornadoes, Hurricanes & Thunderstorms Lessons for Kids The causes of these phenomena are explored in these student-friendly lessons.
Ocean Currents Lesson for Kids Details about the formation of ocean currents are provided.
How Are Rainbows Formed? - Lesson for Kids Students learn about the source of rainbows during this lesson.
What Are the Northern Lights? - Lesson for Kids The location and mysteries of the Northern Lights are explored.

50 Lessons in Chapter 10: Weather for Elementary School
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Weather Symbols Lesson for Kids

1. Weather Symbols Lesson for Kids

Meteorologists use different types of weather symbols to convey information with simple graphics. Explore symbols meteorologists use associated with rain, snow, fog, types of fronts, air pressure, cloud cover, temperature, and storms.

Weather Maps Lesson for Kids

2. Weather Maps Lesson for Kids

Weather maps communicate information about the weather in a certain area. Learn how to read weather maps, the role of satellites and doppler radar in creating the maps, and how different symbols show pressure, precipitation, and temperature.

Layers of the Atmosphere Lesson for Kids

3. Layers of the Atmosphere Lesson for Kids

Learn about the atmosphere, the gases surrounding the planet, and how it is divided into layers. Explore the troposphere, mesosphere, stratosphere, thermosphere, and exosphere of the planet. Discover what differentiates these layers.

Weather Fronts Lesson for Kids

4. Weather Fronts Lesson for Kids

Learn about weather fronts and what this term means. Explore how fronts form and the different types of weather fronts. Discover the characteristics of cold, warm, stationary, and occluded fronts, as well as their associated weather patterns.

Atmospheric Pressure Lesson for Kids

5. Atmospheric Pressure Lesson for Kids

Atmospheric pressure is the force pushing against objects from the weight of the air above it. Come learn about atmospheric pressure, why it doesn't crush you, why we measure it, and some other cool facts about it.

High & Low Air Pressure Lesson for Kids

6. High & Low Air Pressure Lesson for Kids

Explore the meteorological topic of air pressure. Discover what defines a high- or low-pressure system, weather typically associated with these systems, and why air pressure is responsible for stronger-than-usual winds.

Barometric Pressure Lesson for Kids

7. Barometric Pressure Lesson for Kids

Air is invisible to your eyes, but it is filled with tiny particles. These particles have weight, so air has weight. In this lesson, you'll learn about barometric pressure to understand how the weight of air pressing down on you is measured.

Evaporation Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

8. Evaporation Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Learn about evaporation, an important part of the water cycle. Discover what causes evaporation, how evaporation works, and what happens to the water that evaporates. Finally, learn how the body uses evaporation to control body temperature.

Humidity Lesson for Kids

9. Humidity Lesson for Kids

The weather phenomenon known as humidity explains why water vapor exists in the air. Learn how humidity is measured, understand the meaning of relative humidity, and discover how humidity can cause changes in the weather and climate.

Relative Humidity Lesson for Kids

10. Relative Humidity Lesson for Kids

On a hot summer day, a lot of people check the temperature outside. Have you ever noticed another little number right next to it that looks like a percentage? This is called relative humidity, and it can tell you much more about how it feels outside.

Extreme Weather Lesson for Kids

11. Extreme Weather Lesson for Kids

Mother Nature can be pretty mean and she shows it with her weather. It can seem like an all-out attack on the planet, at times. Extreme weather can have serious consequences across the planet and this lesson will discuss some of those extreme cases.

Natural Disaster Lesson for Kids

12. Natural Disaster Lesson for Kids

Learn what defines a natural disaster and who helps people after a natural disaster happens. Explore different types of natural disasters, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and many more.

Tornadoes Lesson for Kids

13. Tornadoes Lesson for Kids

Learn about tornadoes, an exciting but dangerous feature of the weather. Discover what defines a tornado, how tornadoes form, and why tornadoes are more common in a part of the U.S. called Tornado Alley.

Hurricanes Lesson for Kids

14. Hurricanes Lesson for Kids

Discover the dramatic weather events called hurricanes and learn how they spin due to the Coriolis effect. Explore how they form, how they affect land when they come ashore, and the features of hurricanes such as the eye.

Thunderstorms Lesson for Kids

15. Thunderstorms Lesson for Kids

Explore the exciting weather phenomenon called a thunderstorm. Discover how thunderstorms form and the stages of the storm, where thunderstorms happen, and good advice for thunderstorm safety.

How Are Rainbows Formed? Lesson for Kids

16. How Are Rainbows Formed? Lesson for Kids

Learn all about rainbows. Discover the colors of a rainbow and how rainbows form from the interaction of sunlight and water. Then, understand why rainbows end at the horizon when viewed from land, but form a complete circle when viewed from the air.

What are the Northern Lights? - Lesson for Kids

17. What are the Northern Lights? - Lesson for Kids

The northern lights are a natural, colorful light display that can be seen near the polar regions of the earth. What causes this spectacular green, yellow, blue, and red light show in the night sky?

Causes & Effects of Acid Rain: Lesson for Kids

18. Causes & Effects of Acid Rain: Lesson for Kids

Acid rain is rain that has been polluted and causes harm to the environment. Learn how acid rain is formed, including the types of pollution that turn it into an acid, study how it affects the natural and human-made world, and discover ways to prevent it.

Types of Clouds: Lesson for Kids

19. Types of Clouds: Lesson for Kids

There are many different types of clouds in the sky. Discover why meteorologists have different categories for clouds, and explore the characteristics of cumulus, stratus, alto, and cirrus clouds.

Cirrus Clouds: Lesson for Kids

20. Cirrus Clouds: Lesson for Kids

When you look up in the sky, you may notice that there are different kinds of clouds. This lesson will teach you about cirrus clouds, how to recognize them, what they are made of, and what kind of weather to expect when you see them.

Stratus Clouds: Lesson for Kids

21. Stratus Clouds: Lesson for Kids

Stratus clouds form under specific conditions, and they have a unique appearance. In this lesson, explore how stratus clouds form and what makes them different from other types of clouds.

Cumulus Clouds: Lesson for Kids

22. Cumulus Clouds: Lesson for Kids

Cumulus clouds are one kind of cloud that are easy to recognize. This lesson will teach you about cumulus clouds, what they look like, how they form and the kind of weather you'll have when you see them.

Cumulonimbus Clouds: Lesson for Kids

23. Cumulonimbus Clouds: Lesson for Kids

You may have noticed that some clouds look different from others. This lesson will teach you about cumulonimbus clouds, what they look like and what kind of weather to look for when they appear in the sky over your town.

What is Weather? - Lesson for Kids

24. What is Weather? - Lesson for Kids

Weather develops in the Earth's atmosphere and there are many factors that affect what type of weather a given location will have. Examine factors such as wind, temperature, and moisture and discover how weather is formed.

Severe Weather Types: Lesson for Kids

25. Severe Weather Types: Lesson for Kids

Severe weather is weather that is dangerous. Learn about the different types of severe weather conditions and the harm they can cause to humans, property, and ecosystems, including the types of weather that produce hurricanes and wildfires.

Weather Patterns: Lesson for Kids

26. Weather Patterns: Lesson for Kids

When it is raining or sunny for days at a time, it is called a weather pattern. Learn all about hot and dry, cold, and rainy weather patterns, along with the occasional instances of unusual weather known as El Nino and La Nina.

Weather Forecasting: Lesson for Kids

27. Weather Forecasting: Lesson for Kids

Weather forecasting is the prediction of future weather. Explore how meteorologists create forecasts using special tools and learn about diverse types of cloud formations and what they can tell a person about impending weather.

Winter Solstice: Lesson for Kids

28. Winter Solstice: Lesson for Kids

We experience two solstices every year: summer and winter. These have been observed, studied, and even celebrated for thousands of years. This lesson walks you through what the winter solstice is and why it is important.

Autumn Facts: Lesson for Kids

29. Autumn Facts: Lesson for Kids

The season called autumn starts on the autumnal equinox and affects changes in plants and animal behavior. Learn more about nature's responses to autumn, also known as fall, the harvest and harvest festivals held during the season.

Exosphere Facts: Lesson for Kids

30. Exosphere Facts: Lesson for Kids

The exosphere is the farthest and final layer of Earth's atmosphere. Come learn about the exosphere, what the temperature is like up there, what scientists really think about it, and some other cool facts about this part of our atmosphere.

Facts About Blizzards: Lesson for Kids

31. Facts About Blizzards: Lesson for Kids

Blizzards are blowing snowstorms that make it difficult to see. Explore the characteristics of blizzards, the elements that need to be present for a blizzard to form, and the that dangers blizzards pose.

Flood Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

32. Flood Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Why do floods happen? This lesson will teach you all about flooding and some of the causes of floods. You will also learn about some famous floods in history and problems that happen when flooding occurs.

Hurricane Katrina Lesson for Kids: Facts & Timeline

33. Hurricane Katrina Lesson for Kids: Facts & Timeline

When a natural disaster like a hurricane occurs, many bad things can happen - but often times people respond by helping each other. Find out what happened during and after Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst hurricanes ever to hit the United States.

Rain Facts: Lesson for Kids

34. Rain Facts: Lesson for Kids

Rain is a natural phenomenon essential to life on Earth. Explore some interesting facts about rain and clouds, and discover the importance of this precipitation to life on Earth.

Rainbow Facts: Lesson for Kids

35. Rainbow Facts: Lesson for Kids

Rainbows appear in many places around the earth. There are scientific reasons for these beautiful arcs in the sky. In this lesson, you will learn how light and water combine to make rainbows.

Summer Facts: Lesson for Kids

36. Summer Facts: Lesson for Kids

Summer is one of the four seasons. Learn what causes this season, what to expect with the weather, and what affect this hot season will have on plants and animals!

Troposphere Facts: Lesson for Kids

37. Troposphere Facts: Lesson for Kids

Just like the Earth is made of layers, the air above our heads is also made of different layers. In this lesson, we will talk about a layer of the air above us that is very important to us: The troposphere.

Cloud Lesson for Kids: Facts & Formation

38. Cloud Lesson for Kids: Facts & Formation

Do you feel a bit down on a cloudy day? Ever look up at the sky and wonder why those white and grey puffs have to block out the Sun's rays? Clouds are a very important part of the Earth's weather system and in this lesson you will learn what a cloud is and how they are formed.

Drought Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

39. Drought Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Can you imagine going weeks without rain? What about a month? A year? This is what happens during a drought. Learn what defines a drought, what the effects are, and what you can do to help when a drought happens.

Facts About Hail: Lesson for Kids

40. Facts About Hail: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you will learn all about hail. You will learn what hail is and how it is formed. You will also learn about where in the world it hails, and the damage hail can cause.

Lightning Facts: Lesson for Kids

41. Lightning Facts: Lesson for Kids

Explore the meteorological world of lightning. Discover how lightning forms from protons and electrons and the characteristics of four common types of lightning. Finally, gain important knowledge about lightning safety.

Mesosphere Facts: Lesson for Kids

42. Mesosphere Facts: Lesson for Kids

Earth's atmosphere has five layers with the mesosphere being the third layer. Come learn about the mesosphere, why it's important, why it's hard to study, and some other cool facts about this important part of the atmosphere.

Snow Facts: Lesson for Kids

43. Snow Facts: Lesson for Kids

Everyone gets excited about a snow day! Discover how snow occurs and explore ice crystals up close. Learn about a man in history who was fascinated with snow!

Snowflake Facts: Lesson for Kids

44. Snowflake Facts: Lesson for Kids

Snowflakes are formed when snow crystals high up in the clouds condense. Discover how snowflakes form and what makes them form into different shapes and sizes.

Spring Facts: Lesson for Kids

45. Spring Facts: Lesson for Kids

Spring is one of the four seasons that is best known for the relief that it brings everyone from the cold winter! Learn about what causes spring, springtime weather and what animals and plants do during the season.

Thermosphere Facts: Lesson for Kids

46. Thermosphere Facts: Lesson for Kids

The Earth's atmosphere is not just one big sphere of air--according to scientists, it's made up of five distinct layers. In this lesson, you will gain greater knowledge of the fourth layer of Earth's atmosphere: the thermosphere.

Wind Lesson for Kids: Facts & Causes

47. Wind Lesson for Kids: Facts & Causes

Wind is moving air that is caused by the difference in air pressure due to temperature differences. Learn facts about the wind and explore what causes wind and how it can be harnessed.

Winter Facts: Lesson for Kids

48. Winter Facts: Lesson for Kids

Out of the four seasons, winter is by far the chilliest of them all! Learn the causes of this freezing season, as well as the effects that it has on the winter, plants and animals.

Windmills Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

49. Windmills Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

This lesson covers the history of windmills. We'll look at where windmills were first built and learn how they were improved upon through the centuries. Although windmills seem like a thing of the past, we'll see how they've made a comeback.

How Do Windmills Work? - Lesson for Kids

50. How Do Windmills Work? - Lesson for Kids

Probe the workings of windmills to discover how they create energy. Explore the importance of windmills to renewable energy and the creation of wind farms. Finally, discover where windmills are located to best harness the wind.

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