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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Weather Words and What They Mean

"Weather Words and What They Mean" by Gail Gibbons, 1990

This picture book gives a simplistic overview of common weather terminology, explains the water cycle, and different types of clouds. Although this book is over twenty years old, the content is still accurate. Here are some of the terminology explained:

Temperature
Air Pressure
Moisture
Wind
Sleet
Flurries
Gale
Air Mass
Front
and many more!!

"The many combinations of temperature, air pressure, moisture and wind create different kinds of weather conditions. A big area of weather that is the same is called an air mass. The boundary between two air masses is called a front. This boundary is where the weather changes."

This is a great book for elementary age students. I think a great summertime learning activity could involve learning about the weather, keeping a daily chart or journal and watching the forecast. I would have thought that was fun during the summertime as a child. And in terms of practicality, the weather is one of the most common "ice-breakers" in adult conversation with strangers or acquaintances. Second to that is sports!