“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”
Most of us are familiar with the proverb which states, “March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.” It has been the inspiration for many cute school-days decorations and coloring pages, but the principle is often quite true. Spring weather, depending on where you live, can often have some of the most varied, and sometimes capricious, weather of the year. For that reason, it is a great time of the year to introduce meteorological science to children of all ages.
Check out the following sites for an overview of weather subjects and meteorological careers.
If you live in a severe weather area, older students might benefit from this preparedness page from the CDC. Spring storms can be frightening and dangerous. However, having a plan and being involved in preparations can give older students a feeling of competence and a more-realistic set of expectations. http://www.cdc.gov/features/springweather/
Spring can be an exceptionally exciting time to try Creative Process’ “Picture-A-Day and Time Lapse Photography” project, due to both varying weather conditions and new vegetative growth.
A big factor in the behavior of weather patterns, and especially severe weather systems, is barometric pressure Share this informative article with students so that they can understand what is meant when weather reports mention high or low pressure areas. http://geography.about.com/od/climate/a/highlowpressure.htm
Then, you can get up close and personal with the characteristics of varying air pressures in John Grunder from Exploration Education’s experiment, “I CAN’T TAKE THE PRESSURE!” http://www.amonco.org/spring3/montessori_spring_3.pdf, which illustrates Bernoulli’s principle. http://mitchellscience.com/bernoulli_principle_animation
Some additional resources are available from
http://www.homeschoolfcgs.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=weather&x=0&y=0 from Farm Country General Store and http://www.workshopplus.com/productcart/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=212 Natures Workshop Plus!
While you’re exploring scientific principles, how about researching and discussing springs, the season’s name sake? The Physics Hypertextbook offers an interesting discussion of springs, elasticity, and Hooke’s Law for teachers, parents, and older students. http://physics.info/springs/ It’s a scientific subject you may not have thought much about, but it really can be fascinating.