FOSS Module Summary

Content Summary – DSM Weather and Sky

Students explore Weather and Sky with twelve handson activities and the Delta Science Reader. Students first learn what weather is and build a weather vocabulary of words and symbols. Using their senses and several weather tools, students observe and measure four main weather factors: temperature, wind, clouds, and precipitation. They record data on a weather calendar, which helps them recognize daily and seasonal weather changes and patterns. They also find out how weather affects everyday life. Next, students compare the daytime sky and the nighttime sky. They trace shadows to discover that the Sun changes position in the sky through the course of a day, and they model how Earth’s rotation causes day and night. Daytime observations reveal that the Moon also appears to move across the sky. Finally, by keeping Moon Journals, students conclude that the Moon’s apparent shape and position in the sky.

In the Delta Science Reader Weather and Sky, students learn about weather and explore the sky. They learn what weather is and how we observe, measure, and record its main features. They read about the four seasons and how seasonal weather changes affect living things. Students' attention then turns to the sky and what we see in the sky during the day and at night. Students make a connection between their new weather knowledge and the world beyond school when they read about what a meteorologist does. Finally, they extend their learning with an introduction to Moon phases.

For a description of the activities in DSM Weather and Sky download the Overview PDF.

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