Note: This unit is part 1 of 3 units included in the Complete Weather Unit Bundle. Be sure to check out the complete bundle and save $$!
This product is the first in my 3-part unit on weather. In this unit, students will learn about the unequal heating of the earth (which leads eventually to many weather events). Students will learn about convection currents in the oceans and atmosphere, and how this is fueled by the Sun's energy.
This complete unit comes with labs, demos, graphing activities, videos, student interactive notebook booklets, short reading passages with questions, diagrams, coloring activities, and a unit quiz to check for understanding.
Teacher answer keys, videos, images, and detailed directions for set-up and implementation are included.
Everything needed for this unit is included, except for the following materials that you must provide. Many of these items can be found around your house or in a basic science storeroom. If not, I find it extremely helpful to send out a request for materials with my students and their families. They are typically very willing to look around the house for these supplies.
☼empty Starbucks Frappuccino bottles or similar glass jars/bottles (2 per group)
☼aluminum pan or similar shallow pan to catch water spill-over
☼playing cards (or laminate a square piece of cardstock)
☼warm water and cold water
☼plastic tub or clear container (like a plastic, clear shoebox container)
☼2 empty baby food jars or similar
☼computer/tablet for students to watch videos (headphones - optional)
The order of activities are:
☀Weather vs. Climate (what is the difference?, video and foldable)
☀Mix It Up (Lab with interactive notebook booklet looking at how density and temperature are related))
☀Moving in Circles (demo and interactive notebook booklet, demonstrating how 2 different temperatures create convection currents and how that relates to density)
☀Heating of the Earth (demo with data table collection, heat lamp on globe with 3 thermometers measuring temperature changes at North Pole, Equator, and South Pole)
☀Unequal Heating of the Earth (reading passage with questions, including review of 3 methods of heat transfer)
☀Ocean Currents (interactive notebook activity with coloring, cold water currents and warm water currents)
☀Heating of Land and Water (interactive notebook booklet with graphing activity, students discover how land heats and cools differently than water)
☀Optional video on heating of land and water
☀Quiz to check for understanding