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Students construct a barometer to use in an experiment that they design to measure the air pressure on a daily basis. These observations of air pressure allow students to determine how weather is affected when a storm is approaching and to predict weather.
Young scholars create their own barometers by following specific directions, use their barometers to take readings of the air pressure daily and make other observations, and predictions of what weather to expect as they find a pattern in their observations.
Students explore changes in air pressure. Using simple items, they make a device for indicating air pressure changes, called a aneroid barometer. In addition, they record changes indicated by the device for ten days.
Students explore measuring air pressure. They make a barometer which is a device that indicates air pressure changes with everyday items.
Fourth graders discover how barometers help to predict the weather. Using newspapers, they examine the weather forecast and determine the meaning of high and low as they pertain to pressure. After making cluster diagrams, 4th graders in small groups discuss and answer questions in their journals. The lesson includes a teacher demonstration of how Torricelli invented the barometer.
Students investigate weather and how parts of a system work together. In this weather lesson students see how a barometer works and analyze the changes in weather conditions.
Students use simple items to create their own aneroid barometer. They have five days to build it and ten days to observe and collect data. They examine tornado safety tips to end the activity.
Fourth graders brainstorm a list of words associated with weather. In groups, they sort the words into categories and observe the weather in their area for a month. To end the lesson plan, they compare the barometer measurements for a specific day to the weather conditions observed.
Students use simple objects to create their own barometer. They have five days to build it and ten days to observe and collect data. They examine thunderstorm safety tips to end the lesson.
Students construct and use a barometer over a period of 1-2 weeks to investigate and predict upcoming weather from barometric pressure.
Diagrams bring barometers to light in this PowerPoint. Several slides explain the structure and function of this apparatus. The relationship of air pressure to the processes of evaporation and boiling are also explained. This would be an enriching addition to your curriculum on air pressure and heat. Follow it with experimentation on hot water in a vacuum pump or with hands-on experience using barometers.
Put some pressure on your class to construct bottle barometers. Using a jar, a balloon, and a straw, they can make an instrument for measuring atmospheric pressure. Consider having your class do this at home. You may need to provide the balloon and a straw, or better yet, try using the straw sticks from a broom!
Students investigate pressure and volume as they relate to gases. In this pressure and volume lesson plan, students observe multiple demonstrations related to air pressure. The develop an understanding of the relationship between pressure and volume in gases as Boyle's Law states and how a manometer and barometer work.
Students show how it is possible to determine the height of a tall building with the aid of a barometer. They Take the barometer to the top of the building, attach a long rope to it, lower the barometer to the street and then bring it up, measuring the length of the rope.
Students build and observe a simple aneroid barometer to discover changes in barometric pressure and weather forecasting. They graph changes in barometric pressure for two weeks and make weather predictions.
Students explore the different arrangement of air molecules in high and low air pressure masses. They compare the temperature of high and low pressure masses and discover how a barometer works.
Students investigate barometric pressure. For this weather lesson, students participate in several hands-on activities to show air has pressure. Students 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.
Students create weather tracking tools. In this weather instructional activity, students create a rain gauge, barometer, and hair hygrometer in order to monitor the weather. They use everyday household items like rulers, coffee cans, and cardboard.
Students make a barometer and write a paragraph describing how they did it.
Students make an anemometer, barometer, and wind catcher to see how wind and air pressure are related. In this wind lesson plan, students use these tools to measure the wind speed.