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6th Grade students learning about Weather Patterns

Over the past few weeks students have been discussing weather and how it affects the world around us. We started by learning the factors that can change weather such as air masses, fronts, and air pressure. By looking at fronts and air pressure, students were able to determine how a weather person is able to report the weather of the day and predict the weather in the future. They investigated how a meteorologist both reports and predicts weather by watching videos and playing an interactive game (Weather Reporting Simulator). Students were given the task to research four types of severe weather (blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes and thunderstorms) and come to a conclusion on which severe weather was the most dangerous based on their research. Together, we had a discussion on the impacts of how devastating these weather types really are (Severe Weather 1 and 2)! We also completed a lab to model what a tornado looks like and came up with a plan to turn it into an experiment. Many students agreed that the model we made was not the most accurate in showing the damages that a tornado can do, but it shows the shape and what a tornado looks like (Tornado in a Bottle). Being so close to Earth Day, we learned how the planet is being affected by not only severe weather, but that humans may have negatively impacted the environment that surrounds us. We saw how the wind and ocean can carry plastics we discard, and destroy marine life ecosystems. We look forward to learning more about how we can save our planet!

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