Science Period 2 and 3
Warm Up: We looked at graphs of weather and climate. We discussed the features of these graphs that make them about weather vs. climate. Here are the examples with reasoning: weather-or-climate-graphs
In general, graphs about weather will focus on specific conditions for a given period of time. Graphs about climate will focus on average conditions or “normal” conditions.
Main Activity: Students spent the period working on the properties of air stations.
HW – Review the difference between weather and climate for a summative test on the difference between the two during the next class.
Science Period 4
In class we reviewed the difference between weather and climate. Here are some descriptions of the difference developed by students and myself:
- Weather is what we observe occurring in the atmosphere at any given moment. It can change from day to day. For example, there can be precipitationtoday and warmer temperatures tomorrow. Climate is the typical weather expected season to season in a given area. It is based on an average of years of weather observations. Using climate, we can predict the weather month to month.
- Weather is short term, like the precipitation last week while sunny and warm temperature this week. Climate is long term such as how scientists use 30 years of observations to describe weather. Climate is what a season or location is typically is. For example, winter is snowy and summer is hot.
- Weather is what’s happening in the hour, week, or day. Climate is more general than weather. Climate is what happens during different seasons. Climate is more general than weather, it is what more typically happens. Weather is a day to day basis.
- The difference between weather and climate is that climate is the average or typical conditions for a location. Weather is the conditions observed for a moment, like the day, or other type of time.
- Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving over a short period of time, like a week, days, hours, or minutes. Climate is the average weather over a long period of time, like months or years. There are climates for seasons and locations. For example, the climate for Portland in the winter season is typically weather with lots of precipitation and lower temperatures.
We then spent the rest of the period going over our “Properties of Air” exploration stations (new activity).
Homework: review weather vs. climate. There will be a summative at the end of the week on the difference.
Project research day.
DUE AT THE END OF THE WEEK: citations for at least 3 articles related to your topic. At least 3 notes for each of the 4 focus areas for research.