It’s almost time for us to kick off our weather unit and we need some engaging weather activities. I always do a variety of weather activities during our unit so it can really solidify into the students brains!
Water Cycle in a Bag
First I I label the bag so the students know the process of the water cycle. I put a little bit of water in a bag with some blue dye. I let it sit over a few weeks. Your kids will think the water cycle will happen instantaneously but we all know that’s not going to happen. The water will not go into a new part of the cycle as soon as you hang it up. I hang the bag up in the window so the sun does impact it.
Make a cloud!
This one is AMAZING!
- Pour the hot water into the jar. Swirl it around
- Turn the lid upside down and place it on the top of the jar. Place several 5-8 cubes onto the lid. Let it rest on the top of the jar for about 20 seconds.
- Quickly- remove the lid, spray the hairspray in it and then put the lid back on top.
- When you see a good amount of condensation form- remove the lid. Watch the “cloud” escape!
Cold Fronts & Warm Fronts
Have you tried explaining this to kids? It’s a super simple experiment but so effective.
- Get 2 glasses and a clear bowl.
- In one glass which will be the cold front put 5-7 ice cubes in it, blue dye, and water.
- In the second glass, heat up water for about 1.5 minutes. Add red dye.
- Place a piece of cardboard in the middle of your bowl. It will keep the water separated.
- Next, pull the cardboard piece. Watch how the water reacts. The cold (blue) will go below and the warm (red) will go above.
- Helpful hints- make sure the cardboard covers most of the cup. if the cup isn’t straight but very rounded it will be harder to do.
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