Man! I gave you a lot of information yesterday and not a whole lot of context. Not cool.
Let me take a moment to explain some stuff.
Think of it as syllabus day.
So what can you, my beloved students, expect from me?
Each week I am going to do my best to bring you the best resources on relevant science concepts.
On Mondays, we will get a glimpse at the new topic, along with some great activities to try throughout the week.
Ten Hundred Word Tuesdays--like today--will attempt to explain the topic more in depth, but with a fun twist. Read more below!
On Wednesdays, we wear pink. *Ahem* But really, Wednesdays we will learn about the lives of
STEM-tastic women that blazed trails through the world of science.
Three-Dimensional Thursdays will put the ed in STEMed Academy. Each week we will learn about different teaching techniques, tips, and tools.
Finally, on Featured Fridays, I'll share STEM movies, videos, books, and all other forms of pop culture media related to the weekly topic.
What am I expecting from you?
Every teacher loves students that actively participate.
Perhaps you've had your own share of experiences feeling like you're talking to a wall.
Don't make me talk to a wall.
Got an idea? Share it with the class!
Got a question? Ask away!
You can even jump over to my contact page and put in your request for lesson topics!
Just like every classroom is different, every homeschool is different. I am looking forward to learning about yours!
Phew! That's all the logistics! Not too bad, right?
With all of that said, let's move on to the meat of today's lesson...
Science in Ten Hundred Words...
Not only could we make science a little less science-y and a little more simple--but we also usually end up with hilarious results.
The American Geophysical Union shares some examples on their blog!
Weather and Climate are not the same
I mentioned yesterday that the Earth Day Network is launching a global Environmental and Climate Literacy campaign. Naturally, this week we will be exploring ways for you to teach your children about climate science and environmental issues.
One way is to take big concepts and break them down into simple explanations.
For example, weather and climate are two very different things, but a lot of people mix them up. Have you ever heard someone say that they don't believe in "global warming" because of a cold day during the summer?
Can you see where this is going?
Yep. You guessed it.
The sky's mood right now isn't always the same as the sky's normal mood.
Every now and then, water falls from the sky as rain.
The sky turns grey instead of blue. The sun hides behind cold drops of water all stuck together. The air fills with these drops, sticking to the skin of everyone outside.
The ground turns wet when the summer shower finally starts. The sky shakes and groans loudly.
And then its quiet. The air is calm. The water in the sky slowly disappears. The sun appears.
The sky can be pretty angry! In fact, it's mood changes all of the time.
Sometimes it feels like it's always different. Sometimes it feel likes it's always the same. But, if you tracked all of the sky's moods for a long time, eventually you would have a pretty good idea of the normal mood for one area of land.
Share your own Ten Hundred Word Science below!
So there it is. The differences between weather and climate using only the ten hundred most common English words.
Think you could do a better job?
Try it for yourself here: The Up-Goer Five Text Editor