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Seventh graders research about their assigned type of precipitation. In this earth science instructional activity, 7th graders determine the necessary conditions that produce those forms of precipitation. They complete a graphic organizer and share findings with the class.
"If global warming is real, why is it so cold?" Distinguishing the difference between weather and climate is important when it comes to understanding our planet. In these activities, young scientists look at the climate patterns in a variety of locations, graph the data, and examine the geographical features such as mountains or oceans that affect a given location's climate. 
Small groups place sand and ice in a covered box, place the box in the sunlight, then observe as evaporation, condensation, and precipitation occur. These models serve as miniature water cycles and demonstrations of the three phases of matter that water is found in: solid, liquid, and gas.  If you can afford it, purchase a few plastic shoebox-sized tubs rather than trying to use aluminum-foil-lined cardboard boxes. The foil is certain to leak and soak the cardboard leading you to need to find a new set of boxes each school year, whereas plastic tubs can be reused. This lesson is part of a unit that provides tremendous teacher resources!
Students investigate the factors affecting climate using Live Access Server. In this geography lesson, students graph atmospheric data using Excel spreadsheet. They compare and contrast temperature, precipitation and water vapor of two different cities.
Through a PowerPoint presentation and the embedded animation and video, earth science enthusiasts find out about the moisture in the soil beneath our feet. In the animation, follow a water molecule on its path through the water cycle. As part of the lesson, learners gather into groups to use thermometers and moisture meters to take measurements. Make sure to check out the publisher's lessons on water in the atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere as well!
Emergent scientists examine the unusually warm winter of 2011-2012 (called the “year without a winter”) and its effect on blossoming times and pollination.  Groups engage in a weather information scavenger hunt, compare climate maps, and collect data from the US and Europe.  They then theorize how the data they have collected explains the unusual weather of 2012. Discussion questions, activities, and extensions are included in the richly detailed plan. 

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Sixty-one slides define weather and journey through five factors that combine to create it: temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind, and precipitation. The order of the slides may or may not be the way you want them, but they can be rearranged since concepts overlap so much.
Learners demonstrate their understanding of the water cycle and how it effects the environment by graphically depicting and describing the water cycle.
Here is a terrific earth science instructional activity on the water cycle that's designed for grades two to five. In it, understanding of the water cycle will be enhanced. The instructional activity focuses primarily on evaporation, and what happens to the water vapor once it's back up in the atmosphere. This fabulous, 8-page plan has everything you need to implement it with your class. Terrific worksheets, web links, and detailed activities are all here for you.
Acid rain, and how it affects the environment, is the focus of this Earth science lesson. During the study, learners evaluate measures to reduce acid rain, and design an investigation to demonstrate the conection between a hypothesis and an experimental design. 
Students define words relating to water and its use in Nebraska. They listen to the story, Snail Girl Brings Water, list the water words from the story, and create a class dictionary.
Here is a great way to get pupils to express a scientific concept in a fun way. After hearing the story of Walter the Water drop and learning facts about the water cycle, the class will write a creative expository piece describing what they have learned. This idea can be used with almost any concept. They could write about what it's like to travel through the circulatory system, using concrete facts to support their biological adventure. Weblinks, story, and procedure are included.
In this water cycle worksheet, students learn about the 3 different stages of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation and precipitation. They then solve the 12 problems on the page. The answers are on the last page.
Students graph and analyze scientific data.  In this research lesson students use the Internet to obtain data then draw conclusions about what they found. 
Students explore cycles in nature. In this cross curriculum agriculture instructional activity, students define "cycle" and research weather and planting folklore. Students make a bracelet in which individual colored beads represent the many "cycles" of life, including people, water, plants, soil, day, night, air, and sun. Students participate in an experiment or website activity, read related text, or sing a song for each of these cycles. Background information for the teacher is included.
Examine severe weather through nonfiction reading, videos, online research and experiments. They read "Night of the Twisters" and keep a journal of their discoveries. They write a report and a comparative essay.
Students study the water cycle and create a booklet entitled: "Discover the Wonder of Water" They observe and record data regarding evaporation, condensation, and precipitation and how water moves from a solid to a liquid to a gas. They also create a mini water cycle.
Introduce the topic of water conservation with a little drama. Dressed as snowflakes, hail stones, or rain drops class members dramatize the events in a narration of the water cycle. The series of lessons that follow focus on conservation techniques, hot springs and geysers, ground water, water pollution, and soil types. Activities, follow-ups, and extensions are included in each detailed plan.
Learners discover what meteorology is and they participate in the daily activities of meteorologists, observing the weather and recording their findings.  Students also create weather instruments from household objects to help with their observations. Learners then discuss how weather changes in association with clouds. Students also discuss how the weather effects us in our daily lives. 
Students examine how to locate and access data sets.  In this climate change lesson students import data into Excel and graph it.   

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