Friday, April 29, 2011

Weather Watching!

We have spent the last couple of weeks learning all about weather. We started our journey by going outside and observing the sky. Perfect day for it! The storm clouds were rolling in. You can tell by the pics, there was no sun and a lot of wind! We could see and hear the flagpole whipping in the wind!

We took our journals outside and recorded our observations. We also predicted what the weather would be like later that day.

"I think it is going to rain later on. Do you think?"

Deep in thought. Our weather unit has truly engaged the kiddos!

We sat on the sidewalk under the awning because the wind was so fierce!


"I can feel the air touching my face."

"I can feel the wind."

During our Weather unit, we learned about Clouds, the Water Cycle, Rain, and Rainbows. We also learned about some crazy weather days, like when it actually rained frogs! The kids loved that one!


One of our favorite activities was making a rainbow. We used a dish of water, a flashlight, a mirror, and a white piece of paper. 


We  filled a dish about 3/4 full of water. Then, we placed a mirror at an angle in one end of the dish. Next, we held a piece of white paper in the air at the other end of the dish. Finally, we shone a flashlight into the dish where the water met the mirror. A rainbow appeared on the paper.
It's a little hard to see the rainbow on the paper, but it was there.

The students realized there was an even better rainbow (sometimes two) on the ceiling, so we put the paper away and made rainbows on the ceiling!
These first grade smarties were fascinated! We learned that a rainbow appears when the sun shines through a raindrop! Fun to know!



Very appropriately, the last day of our Weather unit looked a little like this:

We spent a large part of our day in tornado "drill" mode!!

We entertained ourselves as best we could!

Regardless of the weather, first graders smile for the camera!
Our sweet music teacher (AKA Maria Von Trapp) led us in song! Who can resist a sing-along?


Hanging out in the hall gets a little long, but our kiddos were troopers!


By the end of the day, these babies were worn out...Thankfully, it was Friday!

You have to love springtime in the South...





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