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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.
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Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|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.|
1. Weather Symbols Lesson for Kids
What's the weather like? To check the weather, you can look at a weather map, but you will need to know some symbols. Learning how to use a weather map to spot sunny, warm weather or rainy, dangerous weather can really help you out if you want to take a trip.
2. Weather Maps Lesson for Kids
Understanding how to use weather maps can help you plan for your day and week. This lesson describes what weather maps are, why they are important, and how to read them, and we'll explore different types of weather maps.
3. Layers of the Atmosphere Lesson for Kids
In this lesson, you'll learn about the layers of the atmosphere and what's special about each layer. You'll also learn how the conditions change as you move up from the ground into outer space.
4. Weather Fronts Lesson for Kids
When air masses meet, they create weather fronts. The air masses typically have different temperatures and densities so their impact on weather will depend on the type of front created.
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.
6. High & Low Air Pressure Lesson for Kids
Did you know that air has weight? That's right, and that weight is what we call air pressure! In this lesson, investigate high and low pressure, and find out how they affect our weather.
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.
8. Evaporation Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts
From lakes to oceans and even puddles, if water happens to escape into the air, we can call this process evaporation. Let's learn more about evaporation, how it relates to our body, and some really cool facts!
9. Humidity Lesson for Kids
Did you know that water can be found in a solid, liquid, or gas form? In this lesson, we learn about humidity, or how much water is in the air. We will learn what humidity is, where it comes from, the way it is measured, and the way it affects our atmosphere.
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.
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.
12. Natural Disaster Lesson for Kids
Has your TV ever said to you, 'This is a test', followed by a long beep? This is the TV Emergency Alert System. Most of the time it's just a test, but the TV Emergency Alert System is used to warn people of dangerous weather. This article will teach you about these sudden weather events known as 'natural disasters'.
13. Tornadoes Lesson for Kids
Twister! Have you ever wondered where tornadoes come from or why they can cause so much damage? In this lesson, you'll learn all about these powerful storms.
14. Hurricanes Lesson for Kids
Hurricanes are big and powerful storms with swirling winds. They form over warm ocean water. Learn how hurricanes form, why they spin, and how they use warm water found in tropical oceans for energy.
15. Thunderstorms Lesson for Kids
The wind starts to pick up and the sky grows dark with clouds. All of a sudden you see a bright flash and hear a loud rumble. If you're not already, it's a good time to get inside! Find out how a thunderstorm forms, where and when they occur most, and how to protect yourself if you're caught in one.
16. How Are Rainbows Formed? Lesson for Kids
Can you really find the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? How many colors are in a rainbow? How is a rainbow formed? Let's find out in this lesson!
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?
18. Causes & Effects of Acid Rain: Lesson for Kids
This lesson will introduce you to acid rain. You will learn what acid rain is, what causes it, and how it damages the environment. You will also learn about the simple things people can do to prevent acid rain.
19. Types of Clouds: Lesson for Kids
When you look up at the sky, you may notice that some clouds look very different from others. Clouds come in a variety of forms, and we will explore the different types of clouds in this lesson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
24. What is Weather? - Lesson for Kids
Look out the window. Is it raining? Is it sunny? Is it hot or cold? The answers to these questions tell you what the weather outside at that moment in time. This lesson will explain what weather is and what causes it.
25. Severe Weather Types: Lesson for Kids
Weather is an important part of our everyday lives. Learn about different types of severe weather and the dangers that they can cause, such as hurricanes, blizzards and more.
26. Weather Patterns: Lesson for Kids
In this lesson, you'll learn about weather patterns that are all around you. These patterns help us decide whether it's a good day to go to the beach or to stay inside with a good book.
27. Weather Forecasting: Lesson for Kids
Have you ever headed outside on a sunny day, only to be caught in a rainstorm later that afternoon? Weather forecasting helps us dress and prepare for different types of weather. In this lesson, you will be introduced to the basics of weather forecasting.
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.
29. Autumn Facts: Lesson for Kids
Autumn is the season that is full of changes within nature. It is also a fun time of year when people around the world celebrate and give thanks. Let's take a look at all that autumn brings us.
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.
31. Facts About Blizzards: Lesson for Kids
Blizzards are powerful winter storms whose high winds and blowing snow cause many hazards. In this lesson, we discuss how and where blizzards form, along with important safety and storm preparation tips.
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.
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.
34. Rain Facts: Lesson for Kids
Rain not only gives us puddles to splash around in; it's also essential to life on Earth. In this lesson, we'll learn about how rain is made, why it's important, and some interesting facts about rain from around the world.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
41. Lightning Facts: Lesson for Kids
Lightning is a common sight with strong thunderstorms. This lesson will teach you about lightning, how it forms, why it's dangerous, some common kinds of lightning, and some other cool facts about it.
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.
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!
44. Snowflake Facts: Lesson for Kids
Do you know where snowflakes come from? In this lesson, you'll learn all about how snowflakes are made, all the different shapes and sizes they can have, and why they look the way they do.
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.
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.
47. Wind Lesson for Kids: Facts & Causes
There are many names to describe the wind, from a breeze to a gust. But all wind is created in a similar way. Learn what causes the wind and how the Sun helps the wind to blow.
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.
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.
50. How Do Windmills Work? - Lesson for Kids
Windmills provide an important source of electricity using wind power. In this lesson, you'll learn what windmills are, why they are important, and how they work. Check out this lesson to explore interesting facts about windmills.
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