Colder weather got you down? Looking to bring some “warmth” to a winter Friday to help you forget those lower temperatures? Select a podcast on one of several “hot” topics, and cover earth science curriculum while you’re at it! All of The Walking Classroom’s programs present podcasts from which to pick!
Earth and Its Ecosystems
Have your students listen to Layers of the Earth (4-#74, STEM-#16, Combined-#133) to get an overview of earth’s composition. Dig deeper and share additional information while adding in some visuals. Get a good synopsis of Earth’s layers, and the features and temperatures of each, as you journey to the center of the earth (where it’s hot-hot-hot!) with National Geographic Kids.
From Natural Phenomena . . .
Have a listen to Hot Springs and Geysers (4-#73, STEM-#18, Combined-#137), and find some fun facts. Looking to enhance your students’ understanding? Add in a visual by viewing a video demonstrating how a geyser works.
Hoping for a hands-on activity to satisfy those kinesthetic learners (and add a little excitement to your classroom)? Simulate a geyser in this simple classroom experiment!
Hit another hot topic as you introduce your students to volcano basics and plate tectonics with some video clips. Then explore volcanic activity with Volcanoes (4-#76, STEM-#19, Combined-#138). You can even try out some interactive activities and experiments! Summarize with an overview of fun facts, then assess your students’ knowledge with an interactive online quiz.
. . . to Fahrenheit!
With all the talk about high temperatures, it’s a great time to introduce the podcast about Gabriel Fahrenheit (4-#25, STEM-#6, Combined-#164)—you know, the guy behind thermometers and the temperature scale that bears his name!
Have your students walk, listen, and learn all about Fahrenheit, then take the lesson a bit further. Make your own thermometers in a mini lab or “add in” a temperature conversion activity for some math practice!