Measuring cloud cover
When outside, recording the weather with the weather recording instruments that you made, don't forget some of the weather that you can record with your eyes. for example, the cloud cover. Cloud cover is measured in eighths and these eighths are called oktas. For more information on measuring cloud cover, see here at the BBC website.
Make an anemometer with a difference.
This weather recording instrument is a good way to measure the wind and it too comes with some wonderful instructions from the Environment Canada website. Why not
make an anemometer today and then go and measure the wind speed outside. If the weather is bad outside, one activity you can do is test your wind speed measuring device on an indoor fan. how fast is your fan sending the air around your room?
Or how about making an anemometer out of lego? Everyone loves lego and here we have combined the fun of lego with the fun of learning about Geography.
Make a rain gauge.
We say a big well done to the Environment Canada team for their simple weather recording models complete with instructions on how to make them. We found these models to be effective weather recording instruments and easy to make both at home or at school.
Make a weather vane.
This snappy gadget measures the direcion that the wind is going in and it is a quick and easy weather recording model that you can make either at home or in school. This project has been successfully completed by pupils that are aged 6 and 7.
As with a lot of the models on this page, there are a complete set of instructions on how to make this weather vane at this website.
Making a weather station? Don't forget to measure the temperature.
When measuring the temperature outside, it is important that local factors do not affect the reading of your temperature. For example the thermometer needs to be at least 1 metre above ground as the ground surface can have an influence on the temperature readings that oyu get. the weather forecast reports the temperatures in the shade at a given location as temperatures in direct sun light will be much hotter. For more information on how to get an accurate temperature reading for weather reporting, look up microclimates.
Make a 3D model of the water cycle
You can make a water cycle diorama. That is a model of the water cycle in a box. Don't forget to add labels to explain what is happening.
This is called a water cycle triorama and it is a great way to demonstrate the circular nature of the water cycle plus it is fun to make.
Here are two 3D models of the water cycle complete with labels to explain the different processes taking place.
Make a model of the different types of clouds
These tactile models of the different types of clouds make for a creative way to learn about the different types of clouds.
If you like to find out more about these models, click on the image and it will take you through to the websites that they came from.