FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – Air and Weather

In this module, young students turn their focus to the sky to make observations that will heighten their awareness, curiosity, and understanding of Earth’s dynamic atmosphere and the observable patterns of objects in the sky. Students explore the natural world by using simple instruments and calendars to observe and monitor change.

Students build on the science concepts of weather and how the Sun warms Earth’s surface, introduced in kindergarten. They use new tools and methods to enrich observations. Students find out about properties of air by exploring how objects interact with air. Students observe daily changes in air temperature and connect them to the daily movement of the Sun in the sky. They monitor changes in hours of daylight over the seasons and connect them to changing weather conditions. And they find the Moon in the day and night skies and monitor its movement over the month.

Throughout the Air and Weather Module, students engage in science and engineering practices by collecting data and designing and using tools to answer questions. Students gain experiences that will contribute to the understanding of crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; structure and function; and stability and change.

For a description of each investigation in AIR AND WEATHER and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the AIR AND WEATHER Module Overview PDF.

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