Professor Figgy's Weather and Climate Science Lab for Kids

52 Family-Friendly Activities Exploring Meteorology, Earth Systems, and Climate Change

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Pub Date 29 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 16 Dec 2021

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Professor Figgy’s Weather and Climate Science Lab for Kids provides invaluable weekly projects and experiences, both inside and outside the home, to explore the fascinating, ever-changing, and universal subject of the weather.

As champion of educational fun Jim Noonan (aka Professor Figgy) guides you through the topics of weather and climate through fun and easy activities, he also teaches the importance of affecting change in the world, through the lens of our climate’s uncertain future.

With a foreword by DIY trailblazer Martha Stewart, this comprehensive, hands-on weather and climate learning resource collects captivating activities covering subjects such as:The AtmosphereSun & CloudsWind & RainSevere WeatherPollution & Climate ChangeEach experiment includes:Easy-to-find Tools & MaterialsSafety Tips & TricksStep-by-step How-To InstructionsThe Science Behind the FunAnd, a bit of a trivia—featuring people of interest, historical events, and facts and figures that ground the ideas in the real world and diversify the learning experience The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus—all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.
Professor Figgy’s Weather and Climate Science Lab for Kids provides invaluable weekly projects and experiences, both inside and outside the home, to explore the fascinating, ever-changing, and...

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A well-organized activity book for families to build models and make crafts to help children better understand meteorology and climate change. Bite-sized chunks of information make for an easy read and learning experience when paired with the activity. Some activities require tools that may not readily be available, but work-arounds are suggested. Enrichment opportunities are also provided to take learning further. Table of contents and index make it easy to quickly look up a topic and connected activity. Pictures make directions clearer. Great book for younger grades in elementary school.

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This book is filled with many neat projects for kids! It introduces kids to weather, climate, and climate change through providing information and a number of experiments and projects. This is a great year-round book, though weather conditions may limit the projects you can do. Overall, a wonderful book to teach children about weather and climate. Thank you NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group/Quarry Books for providing this ARC.

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Thank you to Net Galley for the ARC of Professor Figgy's Weather and Climate Science Lab for Kids by Jim Noonan. I wish that had been available when I was teaching hands-on science to my fifth graders! So many fun and educational labs and experiments to conduct and models to create. Some of the labs are more model/art project which is perfect to get the reluctant scientist involved and motivated to conduct a more complicated lab. This is such a timely book with our climate extremes we are experiencing. The book begins by explaining the difference between weather and climate and how they are related. There are seven units with 7-8 labs each. I like that the book encourages students/readers to begin a science journal and keep track of what they accomplish. Nothing super formal, just begin to register thoughts and ideas. Each lab has Tools and Materials section followed by a Safety Tips, Hints and Tricks section. The Safety Tips identify where adult supervision is needed, where you can substitute materials or a helpful hint makes the lab easier to complete. I wish the materials that need adult supervision were highlighted or starred for quicker recognition. An estimated time is given to complete the lab. The protocols are listed carefully with key photographs to help the scientist along the way. The final experiment picture shows what it should look like at the end. I love the Creative Enrichment: Taking It Further section because it suggests variables to test and gets the scientists to go beyond the initial lab. The Science Behind the Fun section makes connections and adds fun facts behind the scenes. The Resources and References section at the end of the book provides links for further reading and research on a topic that caught your attention. After reading this book, I was excited about hands-on science again and will be trying some of them on my own!

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This book is full of great experiments that kids can easily do at home. The explanations that accompany the labs are interesting and short enough to keep attention. This seems suitable for most elementary grades but especially for 4th to 5th grade.

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What a fun book for kids who love weather, science, or experiments! This would make a great gift, and there are 52 experiments, so a family could try one per week for a year. The experiments are in chapters called Earth's Amazing Atmosphere, The Power of the Sun, The Clouds & the Rain, The Winds That Blow, Severe Weather Events, When It's Cold & Snowy, and Climate In Crisis. Some of the experiments answer a question, and some demonstrate some sort of weather occurrence. I like that the book also addresses climate change. Every experiment has a list of items needed, safety tips, time estimate, color photos and step by step instructions, and a section describing the science behind it. Some of them take 15 minutes and some take up to a few days for results. Overall, a nice variety of fun experiments for hands-on learning.

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