Fall: Observing Seasonal Variation
Students observe seasonal variations of trees and weather and how they change over time in the yearly cycle. Students investigate the water cycle and cloud formation. Throughout the year, students record observations of variables such as temperature, length of day, and cloud cover, to develop an understanding of the typical weather conditions expected during each season. Students also examine how plant structures aid in plant growth and survival, and how these structures may be influenced by environmental factors.
- Introduction to Weather
- The Water Cycle
- Cloud Formation and Identification
- Tree Growth and Structure
- Seed Dispersal
Spring: Analyzing Seasonal Variation
Students continue collecting weather data, and learn more about the atmosphere. Students learn how energy is transferred by moving air masses. Students investigate both how air can supply force to objects, and how heat energy is transferred between objects. Students learn how to distinguish weather and climate. Students develop their skills at analyzing weather data to identify patterns, and relate these patterns to climate.
- Analyzing Weather Patterns
- Reason for the Seasons
- Heat Transfer Investigation