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Precipitation lessons for kids

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Precipitation lessons for kids are pretty easy to teach with these cool science activities.

Talk about the different kinds of weather. What happens when water comes down from the sky? What is it called? What happens if it's really cold when that happens? Does the rain turn into something else? Why does it do that? Use weather words like snow, hail, sleet, thunder, wind, lightning, etc.

Have them draw a chart showing the different kinds of precipitation - rain, sleet, snow, and hail.

Show them how it rains by pouring 2-3 inches of hot water in a clear jar (jelly jars work) and letting it sit for a few minutes.Then place a paper bowl on top, creating a seal. Fill the paper bowl with some ice cubes. Watch as the warm, moist air rises and meets the older temperatures high in the atmosphere. Water vapor condenses and forms precipitation that falls to the Earth as rain, sleet, hail, or snow.

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