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Young scholars investigate barometric pressure. In this weather lesson, students participate in several hands-on activities to show air has pressure. Young scholars lift a textbook without using their hands, observe a demonstration where a napkin in a glass stays dry when submersed in water, and create their own barometer.
Fourth graders observe demonstrations how heated air rises and becomes a low pressure area. After watching several teacher-conducted experiments, 4th graders, in groups, discuss and answer questions in their journals. Finally, they draw pictures of what they observed in the experiments.
First graders investigate that air occupies space by performing experiments that show this principle. Students are provided with a lunch bag. Students open the lunch bag and look inside. Students determine if there is anything in their bag. Next, the students blow into the bag and hold the top tight with their hands. They then discuss that even though air is invisible, it still takes up space.
Fourth graders discover earth's air pressure through observation of several experiments. In the "Experiment of the Leaky Bottle," they observe how air pressure forces water out of the lowest hole farther than the holes above it. In small groups, 4th graders discuss and then answer questions in their journals.