Weather Unit

Science is a pretty big deal for our family. We get pretty excited about it. Especially Mr.M. Okay…mostly Mr.M. 😉

So you can imagine it was a pretty awesome day when a cool, thick looking package arrived in the hands of Mr.Fed Ex man.

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We had just come home from our afternoon walk. As I’m heading into the driveway, a creepy looking van with the door open pulls up right behind me. You can imagine my thoughts. Just as I was about to run though, I realized, somewhat tentatively, that it wasn’t so bad…only your “friendly” neighborhood Mr.Fed Ex man. He smiles at me, (standing back within the required “no grab” distance), and says “GREAT! I don’t even have to get out of my vehicle! This is going to be the easiest delivery ever!” I smile back at him, not really sure what to say, (especially considering what I was thinking of him before). Then he just sits there, really far away from the door, holding out his little device for me to sign. At this point I realized I’d better get over my fears of getting too close to the van and just sign the thing, or I wouldn’t get that fat looking package. Am I the only one that has a fear of getting too close to vehicles that pull up beside me? This was majorly drilled into me at the “stranger danger” presentation by the RCMP last year that Mr.M went too. Anyways, yes, I know…I’m paranoid. 😉
So, I digress. Anyways, it was so exciting to get our very first little curriculum package from our new support school library. This one was the Weather unit. SO cool that they put it all together and mail it out to you for free! We only have it for two weeks, and are winding down our studies on Saturday. Normally I like my Saturdays home school free. I’m just like that, ok?! But we have one more day that we couldn’t fit in, and so I’ve had to give in. Sigh. Of course Mr.M is ecstatic!

We’ve been working through the unit, and really enjoying ourselves. We’ve been using a book called Weather Watch by Scholastic. For the life of me I can’t find it on Amazon right now, but if I manage to become un-lazy (is that a word?!), and get the author, then I’ll link it later. It’s a nice book, with some really neat experiments in it. The only problem is…a lot of them haven’t been working! We end up having to “tweak” them or look online for a better way. It’s a bit frustrating, but I guess it’s good for us to be more inquisitive and learn how to solve our problems…;)

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These are some pictures from our first experiment on atmosphere. We were investigating air by trapping water inside a measuring cup and then sliding an empty little cup up underneath of it. When we slid the little cup up underneath, we realized it wasn’t really empty after all! It was filled with air! The cup floated to the top of the measuring cup with it’s trapped air.

The boys were pretty excited about this experiment. We had to do it over and over again, and Mr.M begged me to leave it up so he could repeat it for daddy when he got home ;)

The boys were pretty excited about this experiment. We had to do it over and over again, and Mr.M begged me to leave it up so he could repeat it for daddy when he got home 😉

Trapped air! Can you see the little cup floating at the top?

Trapped air! Can you see the little cup floating at the top?

Here’s a few more pictures of the obligatory “Tornado in a Jar” experiment. The book called for us to put some dish-soap in. It didn’t specify how much, so we put about 1/2 tsp. That was waaaay too much! It was just a bubbly mess. So Mr.M dumped his out and put one drop in, which worked like a charm.

What kid doesn't love a tornado in a bottle?!

What kid doesn’t love a tornado in a bottle?!

So all in all it’s been a pretty fun couple of weeks. We did quite a few other experiments, but I didn’t take pictures of them all. Maybe I’ll post some pictures of the weather artwork that the boys did later. Just in time for….snow! But let’s leave that topic to rest for now….;)

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