FOSS Module Summary

Course Summary – Weather and Water (1st Ed.)


The FOSS Weather and Water Course focuses on Earth’s atmosphere, weather, and water. A good understanding of meteorology as an earth science isn’t complete without an introduction to the physics and chemistry that drive weather. Understanding weather is more than reading a thermometer and recording air-pressure measurements. The course consists of nine investigations. Students first learn about atoms and molecules, changes of state, and heat transfer. Then they investigate the water cycle, air masses, and fronts, winds and severe weather.


  • Investigate the properties of Earth’s atmosphere and the processes that produce weather, including energy transfer, atmospheric pressure, and water cycle.
  • Study principles that govern temperature, wind, humidity, precipitation, and severe weather.
  • Collect and analyze local and global weather data using instruments and reports from various media.
  • Investigate fresh water as a vital resource.
  • Become familiar with and acquire vocabulary concerning these concepts: heat, radiation, conduction, convection, density, pressure, condensation, water cycle, drainage, and climate.
  • Exercise language, social studies, and math skills in the context of science.
  • Use scientific thinking processes to conduct investigations and build explanations: observing, communicating, comparing, organizing, relating, and inferring.

For a description of each investigation in the Weather and Water Course and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the Course Summary PDF.

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