FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – Air and Weather (CA Ed.)


The Air and Weather Module consists of four sequential investigations, each designed to introduce concepts in physical and earth science. The investigations allow young students to explore the natural world by using simple tools to observe properties of air and to measure and monitor change in the weather from day to day and over the seasons.


  • Develop an interest in air and weather.
  • Experience air as a gas that takes up space and can be compressed into a smaller space.
  • Observe the force of air pressure pushing on objects and materials.
  • Observe and compare how moving air interacts with objects.
  • Observe, describe, and record changes that occur in weather from day to day and across seasons.
  • Learn that the sun warms the land, air, and water.
  • Become familiar with instruments used by meteorologists to monitor and measure air and weather conditions.
  • Compare monthly and seasonal weather conditions, using bar graphs.
  • Record and communicate data with pictures, numbers, and words, and graphs.
  • Acquire vocabulary associated with properties of air and weather conditions.

For a description of each investigation in the Air and Weather Module and the correlations to the National Science Education Standards, download the Module Overview PDF.

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