Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.

Tracking Weather
Tracking weather

Science Background

Everyone experiences the weather on a daily basis, but today, we rarely pay close attention to our local weather patterns. We may check the forecast to see if we need to take our coat or our umbrella out with us or to know whether a ball game may be canceled, but we may not feel as if the weather plays a significant role in our daily lives. This has not always been the case.

Weather represents short-term changes in the atmosphere. Today, we know that scientists measure and collect weather data to look for patterns and changes and to make better weather predictions, but weather prediction is actually a very old science. For thousands of years, weather prediction has helped to guide ...

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