Friday, February 8, 2008

Weather Resources

What is Weather

Weather Vocab

The Wild World of Weather

Web Weather for Kids

Stuff in the Sky

Types of Clouds

Kinds of Clouds

Cloud Gallery Chart

Cool Clouds

About Clouds

Download a Cloud Identifyer

Cloud Concentration Game

Cloud Matching Game

Weather Jokes

Fraction Standards for Our Next Unit

N.ME.05.09 Understand percentages as parts out of 100, use % notation, and express a part of a
whole as a percentage.

N.ME.05.10 Understand a fraction as a statement of division, e.g., 2 ÷ 3 = 2/3, represent simple fractions with pictures.

N.ME.05.11 Given two fractions, express them as equivalent fractions with a common denominator, but not necessarily a least common denominator, e.g., 1/2 = 4/8 and 3/4 = 6/8; use denominators less than 12, or factors of 100.

N.FL.05.12 Find the product of two unit fractions with small denominators, using area model.

N.FL.05.13 Divide a fraction by a whole number and a whole number by a fraction, using simple unit fractions.

N.FL.05.14 Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 100, using the common denominator that is the product of the denominators of the 2 fractions, e.g., 3/8 + 7/10 = ((3x10)+(7x8))/80 = (30+56) ÷ 80 = 86/80.

N.MR.05.19 Solve word problems that involve finding sums and differences of fractions with unlike denominators using knowledge of equivalent fractions.

N.FL.05.20 Solve applied problems involving fractions and decimals; include rounding of answers and checking reasonableness; use examples involving money.

N.MR.05.21 Solve for the unknown in such equations as: 1/4 + x = 7/12.

Weather and Fractions Power Points

Power Point Presentations are a great resource for studying. Do you know you can find free power points with Google by typing in a concept for keywords and ".ppt" into the search?

For example if you want to find Power Point Presentations about weather I would type in

"weather .ppt"

into google search.

Or you can look through a great directory form Pete's Power Point Station

I have found a good section here for Weather and here for Fractions that you can download, open, view, print, and study from.

Weather Standards

We just started a new unit in Science on Weather. Here are teh GLCE's:

V.3.M.S. All Students will investigate and describe what makes up weather and how it changes from day to day, from season to season and over long periods of time

1.Explain pattern of changing weather and how they are measured

Key concepts: weather patterns-cold front, warm front, stationary front, air mass, and humidity.

Tools: Thermometer, rain gauge, wind direction indicator, anemometer, weather maps, satellite weather images

Real-world contexts: sudden temperature and cloud formation changes, records charts, and graphs of weather changes over periods of days; lake effect snow.

All Students will explain what causes different kinds of weather
2. Describe the composition and characteristics of the atmosphere.

Key Concepts: Composition-air, molecules, gas, water vapor, dust particles, ozone. Characteristics=air pressure and temperature changes with altitude, humidity.

Real-world contexts: examples of characteristics of the atmosphere, including pressurized cabins in airplanes, demonstrations of air pressure; examples of air-borne particulates, such as smoke, dust, pollen, bacteria; effects of humidity, such as condensation, dew on surfaces, comfort level of humans.

3. Explain the behavior of water in the atmosphere.

Key Concepts: Water cycle-evaporation, water vapor, warm air rises, cooling condensation, clouds. Precipitation-rain, snow, hail, sleet, freezing rain. Relative humidity, dew point, for

Real-world contexts: aspects of the water cycle in weather, including clouds, fog, and precipitation, evaporation puddles, flooding droughts.

All Students will analyze the relationships between human activities and the atmosphere:
4. “Describe health effects of polluted air.

Key concepts: effects=breathing difficulties, irritated eyes. Sources- car exhaust, industrial emissions, acid rain.

Real-World Contexts: Locations and times where air quality is poor, local sources of potential air pollution; ozone warnings.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

How To Listen To Our Podcasts

There are 4 ways you can listen to our class podcast episodes:

1) Click the Play button in the player in the right sidebar of this page. Note: You will listen to the lastest episode, if you want to listen to previous episodes click on "Posts" in the player to listen older epidsodes.

2) Click on the Class Podcast link located under "Pages" in the right sidebar of this page. Note: This will show all the episodes.

3) Click on the Podcast label under "Categories" in the right sidebar of this page.

4) If you have iTunes software downloaded on your computer you can subscribe by clicking on subscribe free under the player then the episodes come to you and are downloaded so you can play on your computer, iPod, or Mp3 player.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Camp Pictures Are Up!

I have published some of pics that are safe to share publicly (not revealing their idenity). Let me know if you would like me to take any down.

Go click on the Class Public Pics Link 
which will be permantely located on the right sidebar under "Pages."

Don't forget you can captions and add comments to each picture. Be sure to click on slideshow for the best viewing experience.