Outdoor spring science activities: Weather and air movement

April 13, 2018

Spring is here! Get outside and get your students active with these hands-on science demos.

The following exercises are created with science classrooms of all levels in mind and work best when paired with Britannica LaunchPacks: Science. Contact your school librarian to see if your institution already has access, or claim your own LaunchPacks Free Trial.

Elementary and Middle: Experiment with air pressure

Use the mini paratroopers on parachutes and the giant parachute with your class to demonstrate how parachutes work with air pressure and air resistance. Questions you could ask might be:

  • How is air pressure used to save lives?
  • What other factors come into play?

LaunchPack: Friction (Grades 3-5)


Kites! Kites were used by early airplane inventors to study air movement. Have students research the history of kites on Britannica School, then see if they can construct their own working kites.

High School: Experiment with air movement

Use the giant air blaster to help students visualize wind and how air moves through our atmosphere. Ask students:

  • How does the air around you affect your lifestyle and the living things around you?
  • What is an air vortex and where do they occur?

Graphic Organizer: Observation, Inference, Explanation

LaunchPack: Air, Wind, and Weather (Grades 9-12)


Research your neck of the woods! Using the LaunchPack as a springboard, have students research the topography and common weather of where you live, other regions of the U.S., or even other countries. Britannica E-Books and Britannica School have all the resources they need to learn about different biomes and geographical zones. Students can present these findings to the class on their own or even as groups.

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