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Science Sunday: Winter Weather
Winter can be a fun time to go skiing, sledding, and ice skating; to build snowmen and snow forts; and to have snowball fights. Those of us in the northern part of the United States often experience cold temperatures, freezing rain, snow, and ice. Sometimes we even have a snow day which cancels school. It’s fascinating to learn more about snow and other types of winter weather.
See if you can answer these questions using the resources linked below: (This type of investigation is called a “webquest”, and you often learn loads of other information while searching for the answers to specific questions.)
- How do snowflakes form?
- What part of the Earth has no seasons? Why?
- Explain why the South Pole is colder than the North Pole even though both poles get the same amount of sunlight.
- What is the name of the world’s largest glacier and where is it located? How big is it?
- Explain the difference between freezing rain and sleet.
- What do scientists use to determine if an expected combination of cold temperatures and wind will cause a person’s skin to freeze?
- What is the difference between “snow showers” and “snow squalls”?
- Name at least three things that a snowstorm must have in order to be classified as a “blizzard”.
- Of “Winter Weather Watch”, “Winter Weather Warning”, and “Winter Weather Advisory” which is the most serious and requires that you take immediate action?
- Develop a winter safety plan for your family’s car and home. What would you include in the plan to protect yourself and your pets?
Time for Kids: Winter Weather: https://www.timeforkids.com/k1/winter-weather/
How Do Snowflakes Form? https://scijinks.gov/snowflakes/
What Causes the Seasons?: University of Illinois Tree House Weather Kids: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/treehouse/seasons.cfm?Slide=1
“Which Pole is Colder?”, NASA Climate Kids: https://climatekids.nasa.gov/polar-temperatures/
“Ten Interesting Things About Glaciers”, NASA Climate Kids: https://climatekids.nasa.gov/10-things-glaciers/
Definitions of Winter Weather: https://www.ready.gov/kids/disaster-facts/winter-weather
Wind Chill: University of Illinois Tree House Weather Kids: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/treehouse/seasons.cfm?Slide=13
Winter Storms: https://scied.ucar.edu/learning-zone/storms/winter-storms
Scholastic Weather Watch – Winter Weather: https://www.weather.gov/safety/winter-ground-blizzard
Severe Weather 101: https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/winter/types/
Staying Safe in Winter:
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm.html
Science BrainPop Jr. Winter Weather: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-50zYZ9ZjPo
What Is A Blizzard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpBtRmTmbqQ
How a Weather Forecast Is Made: https://scijinks.gov/how-a-weather-forecast-is-made/
Meet JPSS, high tech weather satellites: https://scijinks.gov/jpss/
Play & Learn
Scholastic’s Winter Weather Experiments (DIY Snow Crystals; Frozen Bubbles, Snow Prediction, Mitten Magic, & Blubber Glove): https://www.scholastic.com/parents/family-life/parent-child/cold-weather-experiments.html
Snowman Eruption: https://www.123homeschool4me.com/snowman-eruptions-simple-winter-science-experiment/
21 Winter Science Experiments for Kids: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/winter-science-ideas-kids/
Be a Weather Reporter! How to Measure and Report Freezing Precipitation to the National Weather Service: https://www.weather.gov/rnk/Measure_Icing
Precipitation Simulator (Make it snow!) https://scijinks.gov/precipitation-type/
Juggle Snow Pellets and Make Lightning: https://scijinks.gov/zap-game/
Dress for the Weather: https://www.abcya.com/games/dress_for_the_weather
Clouds Memory Game: https://scied.ucar.edu/interactive/clouds-memory-game
Sid the Science Kid “Weather Surprise”: https://pbskids.org/sid/games/weather-surprise
Build an Emergency Kit Game: https://www.ready.gov/build-kit-game
Grow Snow Crystals: https://scijinks.gov/snow-crystals/
Make your own fake snow: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/g34004079/winter-crafts/?slide=28
Snow Slime: https://www.preschoolplayandlearn.com/winter-snow-slime-recipe-kids-activities/
Snow Candy: https://www.123homeschool4me.com/historical-winter-activity-for-kids-how_79/
30 Fun Winter Crafts: https://www.diyncrafts.com/32296/home/parenting/30-fun-winter-crafts-keep-kids-busy-indoors-cold-outside
Coffee Filter Painted Snowflakes: https://artfulparent.com/coffee-filters-make-the-best-snowflakes/
16 Easy Winter Crafts for Kids:
Winter Coloring Pages
Winter Dot to Dot: https://www.bigactivities.com/ctd/winter/index.php
Winter Weather Word Search: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TO8KN1o8Fc9sZ3k2TwX5jUgkdJU3ms5D/view?usp=sharingContinue reading →
Did you attend our Winter Wednesday event today? We made ice globes you can place outside as fun decorations. You can try the experiment at home. You will need:
- Food coloring
Here’s what you do!
- One person holds the balloon open while another person tries to drip the food coloring straight into the bottom of the balloon. Work over the sink to avoid mess!
- Then, attach the balloon to your sink spout and fill the balloon with water as high as you can, letting the balloon grow into as big a water balloon as you want. Turn off the water.
- CAREFULLY! remove the balloon from the sink spout and tie off the balloon. (Mess may occur!)
- Put your balloons in the freezer or outside on a cold night. Let freeze.
- Head outside and, wearing gloves, cut open the balloons with the scissors. Check out the awesome colored ice globes you made! Arrange them around your yard for a beautiful winter decoration. See the picture below for some examples.
We will be back next Wednesday for another quick, outdoor activity. You can register to join us! (We are wearing masks, even outside, and asking each family to stand separately, so that everyone, including families with infants, can feel safe.)
Hi, everyone! Have you seen any foxes around? What about other winter animals? Canadian geese? cardinals? While you are enjoying the wintry weather, here’s what’s going on for winter break.
Winter Reading Challenge – Reading is SNOW much fun! Stop by any time to sign up for our reading program – we’ll put a snowflake on our board with your child’s name. Children who complete 6 challenges will get an ice cream coupon for spring time!
Dav Pilkey Kit – There are a few Dav Pilkey kits still available – if your child likes Captain Underpants and Dog Man, they’ll enjoy the drawing activities in the kit.
Alphabet Parade Kits – There are a few available for the letter U (Can you believe we’re almost at the end of the alphabet?) for ages 3-6.
DIY Book Club for January is The Tale of Despereaux. Read with your family and receive discussion questions and activity suggestions for the book.
More January events can be found on our calendar!Continue reading →