Objective: Children will make a rain gauge to collect and measure rainfall.‹ Return to Theme
Note: You may need to engage additional adult help for the children with marking the measurements on the sides of the bottles.
A rain gauge is an instrument that is used to measure rainfall. Readings are sometimes taken manually, but usually the readings are recorded by an automatic weather station. Rain gauges are most reliable when they are placed in an open area away from obstacles that might block the rain. Meteorologists use rain gauges to measure precipitation over a set period of time.
In the spring, some areas are warm and therefore the air is wetter, but some areas are still cold. As surface temperatures get warmer, the temperature in the upper atmosphere remains cold. As the warm, wet air rises, it condenses in the cold atmosphere and falls as rain. Areas in southern latitudes warm quickly in the spring, but northern latitudes tend to stay colder for longer. When the wet, warm air from the south and the dry, cold air from the north meet, rain is more likely.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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