We have been enjoying science this summer – as we integrate nature and science studies into our daily activities. I love learning with my children and this summer has been one filled with some amazing weather in our area.
For the past few years, we have been in a drought. This summer, though, we have experienced many storms that include rolling thunder and flashes of lightning. I wish I could say we have not been impacted by any of the storms, but we have.
Recently, one storm hit our modem and we believe it struck a tree in our back yard. However, it’s hard to tell with the tree…it is still standing, but shows damage (either from a lightning strike or from a pest).
With all of the rain, storms and fantastic weather, we have really enjoyed learning about the weather and we recently made a barometer.
We spent a few days reading about barometers, the weather, creating worksheets based on the atmosphere and then…we had fun taking one of my mason jars, putting some colored water in it and ‘sucking’ the water up into the straw (and keeping the water in it using a vacuum created with clay).
It was fun (and easy) to make the barometer (inexpensive, too…I had all of the supplies we needed in our home!) It was even more fun watching the pressure of the atmosphere push the blue water up and down in the straw as the climate changed!
I can’t wait to share our other activities and learning fun we are experiencing with GeoMatters Paths of Settlement!
What have you made for your science/nature studies?
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