Weather In A Bottle
Students will discuss types of weather and create their own tornado in a bottle.
Grade Level: K - 1st
Length of Time: About 20 Minutes
Objectives & Outcomes
Students will be able to identify different types of weather based on pictures and create a mini-weather system in a bottle.
- basic pictures of various types of weather (included)
- clear, clean plastic bottle with lid (per student)
- dish washing soap
Opening to Lesson
- Have students gather around a window or door so that they can look outside.
- Ask a few students to describe the weather.
- Ask students what different types of weather they have seen.
Body of Lesson
- Have students gather in a common area and explain that there are many different types of weather.
- Share the photos (included) and discuss each one.
- Ask students how they would dress or prepare for a given type of weather.
- Explain to students that some types of weather are a little scary, but that most weather is not dangerous.
- Tell students they are going to create their own weather in a bottle. This is not a type of weather that most people will experience, but it can be dangerous when it happens in nature. They are going to create a tornado in a bottle.
- Fill a clean plastic bottle about ¾ full of water (use colored water if desired)
- Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid (3 to 4)
- Sprinkle a bit of glitter into the bottle
- Seal the cap tightly (can use glue for added security)
- Have students turn the bottle upside down (holding it by the neck) and start moving it in a circular motion as quickly as possible. This may need to be demonstrated. The water should start to swirl and a mini-tornado will form. The glitter makes this easier to see.
- Have students describe what the tornado looks like. If time permits this is a great time to talk about a home emergency kit for families.
Assessment & Evaluation
Students will show understanding by identifying specific types of weather as well as create a tornado in a tube by following directions.
Modification & Differentiation
Some students may need help in filling the bottle with water or adding soap and glitter.
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