Lesson

World of Wet, World of Dry

In World of Wet, World of Dry, students revisit the difference between weather and climate and add to their understanding. They learn about interactions between the geosphere and atmosphere by exploring how the presence of mountains change our island weather and climate in terms of windward and leeward sides. Students will make a model of an island to explore and develop their understanding of the characteristics of leeward and windward sides of a mountain. Students will also discover how Hawaiʻi’s northeast tradewinds affect the climate of our island chain by comparing and contrasting the weather and climate in different locations of their home island.

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Grades:
3
Topics:
MeteorologyHydrologyOceanographyGeologyChemistryBiologyPhysics
Learning Time:
multi-session
Museum Connections:
ScienceOnASphere ScienceAdventure Planetarium
Standards:
3.W.2 GLO-1 GLO-3 GLO-4 GLO-5 SC.3.8.2 3-ESS2.D
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