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Upper School Corner - Mrs. McKenna Harkins

Thursday, 12 May, 2016 - 5:00 pm

How is the weather?

As we begin to finish up our year in Earth Science, students have been encouraged to look up and take a closer look at the air around us.  After studying various layers of the Earth and soil, students are now immersed in a unit on atmosphere, weather, and climate. I am so excited to help our middle school students begin to  understand the different layers of the atmosphere, how wind patterns and ocean currents affect our weather and climate, and why extreme weather, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms occur!

In order to make this unit as effective and meaningful as possible, students have been analyzing weather forecasts to understand their various components and terminology. Students are then conducting research to discover the weather patterns of a specific location on Earth in order to create their own weather forecast. Students will be using iPad technology to make informative weather forecasts around the world that are clearly and concisely presented. I can’t wait to see what kind of weather they stir up!

On the topic of weather, students are connecting what they are learning in science to scientific discoveries made throughout history. In their Humanities classes, students are learning about social, political, and technological developments in Renaissance Europe.  When selecting a topic to research in greater detail, many students have chosen one of the several scientific advances made during this period. Throughout this project, these students have discovered how the thermometer and barometer impacted weather forecasting during the Renaissance. In addition, students have begun to recognize how the invention of the telescope led to new insight about the galaxy in this time period. Make sure to be on the lookout for more information about how our middle schoolers will be bringing these exciting topics in history and science to life in the next few weeks!

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