Showing posts with label rain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rain. Show all posts

Monday, May 18, 2015

Smells Like Rain - A Science Lesson

Last week Why Are There Clouds? was one of the most popular posts on the Free Tech for Teachers Facebook page. A good follow-up to that lesson is found in Where Does the Smell of Rain Come From? Produced by It's Okay to Be Smart, Where Does the Smell of Rain Come From? explains why we sometimes think we smell rain before a thunderstorm. Through the video we also learn about the role of petrichor in the lives of some animals.


It's Okay to Be Smart includes a list of references with each video. Open the description below the video on YouTube to find links to the references.

Applications for Education
At this time of year in the northern hemisphere we start to have more thunderstorms and large rain storms. This lesson is one that students can share with friends and family when they say, "it smells like rain."

To use this video as part of a flipped lesson, try one of these six good tools for creating flipped video lessons.

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.

Short Lessons on the Water Cycle

It is a rainy day as I look out my window here in Maine. Watching the rain reminded me of a couple of resources about the weather that I've reviewed over the years.

Thirstin's Water Cycle takes students on an animated and narrated tour of the water cycle from water, to vapor, to clouds, to rain. Thirstin's Tour of a Water Treatment Plant takes students on a narrated tour through a typical water treatment facility found in the United States.

Waterlife is an interactive story about the water cycle in the Great Lakes. Waterlife is a twenty part story through which students can learn about the role of water in our lives. Through the story students learn about things like fishing, pollution, invasive species, wetlands, and the politics of water conservation. When students select a part of the Waterlife story they will be able to hear narration, see visuals, and read the text of the story. Some parts of the story also contain links to external resources that student can explore.