In the first trimester of first grade students will be studying Air and Weather in Science. Students will explore the natural world by using simple instruments and calendars to observe and monitor change. Students will build on the science concepts of weather and how the Sun warms the Earth's surface, introduced in kindergarten. They will use new tools and methods to make observations. Students find out about the properties of air by exploring how objects interact with air. Students will observe daily changes in air temperature and connect them to the daily movement of the Sun in the sky. They will monitor changes in hours of daylight over the seasons and connect them to changing weather conditions.
Work with a set of objects to see how objects can be moved by and through air.
Construct and observe parachutes dropping through air.
Use syringes to investigate air.
Set up balloon rocket system to find out how far the air in the balloon will propel the system along a flight line.
Students share what they know about weather and how it relates to air.
Learn to use a thermometer and take turns measureing and recording the temperature.
Observe and compare several types of clouds and discuss how they move across the sky.
Discuss observations of the day and night sky, and begin to make systematic observations of the Moon.
Investigate how air moves bubbles.
Feel and observe the wind using and anemometer.
Learn about wind vanes.
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