Weather – Air

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Objective:  Help children understand how air affects the world around us.

Preparation:

  • Find drawings or pictures books, magazines or old calendars of wind, plants, and animals.
  • Have a large balloon.
  • Have crayons, pencils or markers for drawing.
  • Drawing paper.
  • Decide on a book to read. Suggested books:
  • Air Is All Around You by Franklyn M. Branley  
  • If We Could See Air by David T. Suzuki    

Lesson:
Read a book then discuss:

  • Did you know that air is all around you?
  • Without air there wouldn’t be any life on Earth? (Have everyone breathe in and exhale out.)  
  • Air is the gas that floats all around you and makes up our atmosphere. We can’t see it, since it is made up of colorless gases.  
  • Some of the gases that make up the air around us are oxygen, and carbon dioxide. We like to shorten carbon dioxide and just call it “CO2”.
  • All life on Earth depends on air to stay alive. When we breathe, we inhale air. Our bodies use the oxygen
  • Humans and animals make CO2 and exhale it into the air. 
  • Plants use CO2 and put oxygen back into the air. 
  • Plants clean the air. Let’s give the plants some CO2.  (Breathe in and exhale out again.)  
  • Although we usually can’t feel it, air is always touching us.  (Blow up a balloon.)
  • One of the few times that you can actually feel air is when it is windy.  (Make wind by letting the air go in the balloon.) 
  • Air is used for many different things, such as flying planes, sailing on a sail boat, or blows windmills to create electricity.

Activity: Make an air cycle picture.   

  • Give each child a sheet of drawing paper.
  •  Have the child draw a picture of self on one side of the paper and a tree on the other side.
  •  Draw an arrow from the tree to the child. and write “oxygen” by this arrow.
  •  Draw an arrow going from the child to the tree and write “ CO2” by that arrow.
  •  Have them lightly color some air with the side of a blue or gray crayon.

Optional activities are to make airplanes or kites.

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