Learning About the Weather, Flight and Air

In our Adventures in Sea & Sky program we are studying flight, air and weather. Otter LOVES studying the weather. Every day it’s a big highlight for him to fill out his weather chart. I didn’t like the one WinterPromise designed because I wanted Otter to see the changes over time in a graph form. I was using a chart I found online but it didn’t work out exactly how I wanted it to so I made my own. You can download it here.

It has a bar graph to graph the daily high and low temperatures (we use blue colored pencil for the low temp and yellow for the high temp), a point graph for the barometric pressure and places to record precipitation, wind speed, humidity and observations. We don’t get subzero temps where I live, so the chart only goes down to 0 degrees. The graph lines are in a light gray color so that the data is easier to see/read.

Weather chart

Otter started a free lapbook recently from Homeschool Share. I never did manage to get the book The Glorious Flight from the library, but we read all about Louis Bleriot in the free NASA guide The Courage to Soar.

This Venn diagram is from The Courage to Soar guide but Otter’s putting it into his lapbook. It shows the differences and similarities between the Wright Brothers and Louis Bleriot:

venn diagram

Excuse the blurry pics. My camera’s focus settings was wonky and I’m too lazy to retake the pictures, lol. Here is a pic of his flight timeline:

Flight timeline

When you open it up there are different dates and events in lift-the-flap style.
Otter LOVES dates, so he really enjoyed this lapbook component.

flight timeline

Airplane vocabulary booklet:

Airplane vocabulary

Otter wrote a summary inside:

Louis Bleriot

Label and airplane

Labeling an airplane:

label and airplane

We also did some science experiments from the Courage to Soar guide. The guide has some wonderful sheets to print out that are geared to your student(s). For the experiment pictured below, Otter stuffed some toilet paper into a glass and placed it into a bowl of water. It didn’t get wet. He then thought the water in the bowl just wasn’t high enough to reach the toilet paper so he filled our kitchen sink completely up and then completely submerged the glass into that. He was thinking he was pretty smart and the paper was going to get drenched.

water and air experiment

To his amazement the paper still didn’t get wet!

water

It was fun to hear him exclaim “Woah!” from the kitchen and then, “How come it didn’t get wet?” and then, “Oh! I know! The air was in the way!”

September 30, 2009

Air

Today in science we started a book calledAir (Science Alive!). It’s full of easy to understand text and simple experiments to answer and explore some of the following question and ideas:

  • What is air?
  • How much oxygen is in the air?
  • Air changes when heated
  • Air resistance
  • Wind is the energy of moving air, which produces a force
  • When warm air rises, cold air rises to take its place

and more! Most of these experiments are things you can find for free online, but it’s nice to have them available in an easy to reference book. Each experiment very clearly illustrates the steps you need to take with cartoon like graphics. The pages following the experiments feature text that talks about the concepts recently learned from the activity, colorful photographs, questions to ponder and small “Did you know?” sections with interesting facts.

In today’s experiment, Otter learned that fire needs oxygen to burn.

Candle needs oxygen experiment

Sometimes I forget that he still hasn’t learned some simple concepts. He was totally fascinated by the fact that the flame started slowly going out and then eventually was extinguished. He wanted to do it over and over again and lift up the jar just before the candle went out. I loved watching the excitement in his eyes as we did the experiment. That’s one of the blessings of getting to homeschool. *I* get to be there for these kind of moments instead of having him come home from a long day at school, ask him what he did and get the common answer “Nuthin”.