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A Little Messy
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Question and Wonder:
- How can you tell what the weather will be?
- What are clues you can look for?
- How does the weather effect the things outside?
- Why does the weather change?
- Where do you think the rock came from?
Find a rock that is small enough for you to pick up, but big enough to see when you look out the window. Find a notebook you can use as a journal. At the beginning of each day, use your journal to write down your predictions for the next day’s weather. Add drawings of your rock and your predictions.
Extension: Decorate your rock with paints or markers and journal the effects of weather on the decoration as well as the rock.
Imagine and Design:
- What do you think would happen to your rock in a snowstorm? When it rains? Why?
- How will you make your predictions? What tools or resources will you use?
- How will decorating your rock change those predictions?
Test and Discuss:
- How accurate was your prediction? What was different?
- Do you think raining for a whole week will change how your rock is effected? Why?
- Can you see the changes happen from your window? Why?
- What can you notice on closer examination? What tools can you use to look for changes?
Did you Know?
Learn about weather folklore: https://www.nps.gov/grte/learn/education/classrooms/upload/Weather-Lore-Sayings.pdfPrint Instructions