The Wondrous World of Weather

Today’s lesson started with a concept that even older students have difficulty with – the difference between weather and climate. Are they actually different? We found out in class that there is in fact a very important difference between weather and climate.

Weather is the state of our atmosphere on a day to day basis, while climate is what our atmosphere is like on average over a longer period of time. Students explored the concept of weather and where it occurs in the atmosphere, and about how the earth’s rotation and other factors influence weather. Density was also a hot topic, and students determined that warm air was less dense than cold air because of how the molecules behave in different temperatures.

Students got the chance to make their own thermometers, model a thunderstorm, and weigh air! The most surprising thing that students learned today was that air exerts a pressure on every one of us. In fact, every square inch of our body has over 14 pounds of pressure weighing down on us!


¿Qué es el Tiempo?

A pesar que el Tiempo afecta nuestra vida cotidiana, generalmente no nos detenemos a pensar sobre qué es y en cómo puede cambiar tan seguido y ¡tan rápido!

El tiempo es la variación diaria del estado de nuestra atmósfera. Los estados del tiempo ocurren en la troposfera, que es la capa más baja de la atmósfera y la más cercana a la superficie de la Tierra. Es en esta capa donde se encuentran las nubes y donde se produce la lluvia, la nieve, las tormentas eléctricas y los tornados.

En la clase de hoy, gracias a las actividades realizadas, los estudiantes lograron identificar algunos de los componentes que influyen el Tiempo. Por ejemplo, crearon tormentas miniaturas usando hielo y colorante de comidas, también hicieron sus propios termómetros caseros usando botellas de agua y arcilla.

Existe una serie de experimentos muy sencillos que pueden realizarse en casa. Son sobre los patrones del Tiempo e instrumentos de medición; revise nuestras actividades de seguimiento (follow up activities) para hacerse de ideas.


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Phillip has a BS and MS in Biology from Western Washington University, and is currently earning a PhD in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England. His research interests are in tropical rainforest ecology and animal-plant interactions. He will be doing his doctoral dissertation research on tropical seed dispersal ecology in the montane rainforests of Rwanda. Phillip has taught though various adjunct positions at several colleges in New England, teaching biology, ecology, earth science, environmental science, and general science at Babson College, North Shore Community College, Wheelock College, Merrimack College, and Mount Ida College.

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