This week we are learning to investigate different types of weather (sunny, rainy, cloudy, stormy, etc.). We experimented using a thermometer testing hot and cold water, and comparing the school temperature inside and outside. We discussed how the thermometer increases when the temperature is warmer and will drop when it is colder.
Before hand, the crayons were fastened to cardboard using hot glue. The students took turns using a blow dryer to melt the crayons. We compared this to popsicles melting on a hot day from the suns heat.
Other discussions that the students were engaged in were how the colours of the crayons mixed together, the shapes and splatter marks of the crayons as they melted, and how crayons not in wrappers melted quicker.
Simulating a Rain Storm
Materials needed to create a rain storm at home:
water, shaving cream, water, food colouring, a clear container and droppers
The students began by making predictions and drawing.
Ms. Palmer poured food colouring onto the shaving cream. The moisture seeped through and created a heavy rainfall effect into the water below the shaving cream (clouds).
Ms. Palmer used a eye dropper to add the orange food colouring. Adding less food colouring at once changed the appearance of the rainfall, it seemed to be just sprinkling rain.
The students recorded and drew the results of the experiment.
This week the students have been drawing weather pictures of their favourite time of year, creating sun catchers and wind socks (as seen below).
Wednesday was the perfect day to test our Wind Socks.
Stay tuned for more Weather Investigations.