Thursday, June 12, 2014

Scholastic's Interactive Weather Maker Shows Kids How Rain and Snow Is Formed

After my previous post about the water cycle I did a little more digging in my bookmarks and found Scholastic's Interactive Weather Maker. Using the Interactive Weather Maker is an activity in which students adjust temperatures and humidity levels to create rain and snow storms. Students simply move the temperature and humidity sliders until rain or snow begins to show up in the scene on their screens.
Applications for Education
Adjusting the settings in the Interactive Weather Maker could be a good way for students to see the correlation between humidity and temperature as it relates to creating rain and snow storms. You might have students play with the Interactive Weather Maker as an introduction to a lesson and ask them to make observations about the correlations they see. Or you could use the Interactive Weather Maker as a way to reinforce concepts that you have taught to them.