Create Your Own Barometer

Create Your Own Barometer

Evangelista Torricelli created the first barometer and used it to see when air pressure was changing. Now it is your turn to make a barometer.
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Wind Can Do Work

Wind Can Do Work

From Renewable Energy

Use your engineering skills to design a windmill, then test how powerful the wind can be!

Investigate Weather

Investigate Weather

From Climate Change

How is weather different from climate? Weather can be described as day-to-day conditions. From a bright, sunny day to a snowy day, weather can change quickly. Climate, on the other hand, is made up of long-term weather patterns across many years. Let’s explore some of the characteristics of weather.

Edible Climate Zone Map

Edible Climate Zone Map

From Weather and Climate!

The world has many different types of climates. The United States has several different climate zones as well. With this edible map, you can tell your family about summer climates—after you chew!

Archimedes Screw

Archimedes Screw

From The Water Cycle!

Greek scientist Archimedes (288–212 BCE) invented a device to move water from a river to a farmer’s field. This device—called the Archimedes’ screw—is a tube with a large spiral inside. When you place the tube in water and turn it, the spiral pushes the water up. Try it!



A Skipping Stones Honor Award Winner for Nature and Ecology Books
"Yet another educational and informative book in the Inquire and Investigate series, this volume is of special mention because its subject matter impacts us every day. We learn the science behind why it snows, winds, rains, storms, and more. A great introduction to meteorology and climatology. Also available, a volume on Rocks and Minerals. "

Praise for other Earth science books in the series

Planetary Science: Explore New Frontiers
School Library Connection 
"This well-written informational book provides readers with accurate, up-to-date planetary facts, vocabulary, primary sources, projects, interesting sidebars, QR codes, and more. Perfect as a reference book for school projects or to satisfy planet enthusiasts, this book's expository text is organized in a readable, highly engaging style. 

National Science Teachers Association Recommends 
" . . . This book from the Inquire & Investigate series from Nomad Press is directed at the middle grades, and combines easy to read text with color diagrams and photographs. In short comic strips (two or three per chapter) the book provides a tour of the solar system led by Dr. Fathima Abadi, a female astronomer. It's encouraging to find a book that depicts a woman scientist as its guide without drawing attention to her gender... 


Detailed Book Description

Take a look out your window. What’s the weather like today? Has it changed much from morning to afternoon? What is the difference between weather and climate?

In The Science of Weather and Climate: Rain, Sleet, and the Rising Tide, middle schoolers learn the science behind why it snows, how wind is formed, what makes one region hot and dry and another region cold and damp, plus lots more! By studying the atmospheric sciences of meteorology and climatology, kids learn to connect the weather they experience on a daily basis in their town with the changing conditions across the entire planet.

The weather we have today plays an important role in tomorrow, and Earth science is extremely relevant for our future. In The Science of Weather and Climate, science-minded STEM activities encourage young readers to think like scientists while critical thinking exercises, essential questions, fascinating facts, links to online resources, and more encourage readers to explore this incredible planet.

The Science of Weather and Climate is part of a set of three Inquire & Investigate Earth Science books that explore the earth, the atmosphere, and everything in between. The other titles in this series are Rocks and Minerals: Get the Dirt on Geology and The Science of Natural Disasters: When Nature and Humans Collide.

Try these hands-on science projects!

  • Create a weather station with homemade weather instruments
  • Chart your carbon footprint
  • Practice city planning to find solutions to climate change disasters


Available In:
Paperback, $17.95
Hardcover, $22.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8x10 size | 4-color | 128 pages
Subject: Science



Introduction: Weather and Climate

Chapter One: Weather: The Basic Ingredients

Chapter Two: Wind: The Movement of Air

Chapter Three: Just Add Water

Chapter Four: Extreme Weather

Chapter Five: Weather Watchers

Chapter Six: A Closer Look at Climate

Chapter Seven: Climate Change