Climate from space

This free broadcast is interactive! Students get to see and hear the Academy expert, and teachers will enter comments and questions into a text-based chat window.

What is the difference between weather and climate? Students will become meteorologists by exploring the weather they observe in their own backyards. As meteorologists, they will build on their prior knowledge of weather patterns to make forecasts.

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We offer multiple sessions of this free event to serve various bell schedules and time zones.

Dates: Select Thursday, March 19 or Friday, March 20
Times: Select 9:10am or 10:10am PT (12:10pm or 1:10om ET)
Duration: 45 minutes
Target Audience: 3rd-5th grade

This program will be co-hosted with Streamable Learning.

What to Expect
Weather clouds

Is this weather, is this climate? Together we will dive deep into the relationship between weather and climate. Students will become meteorologists and climatologists by practicing making observations and identifying patterns to make predictions. Building on past experiences, students will make connections between their observations of weather and the climate around them.

  • Once registered, we'll email you this this prep document two weeks before the event so you can prepare your students.
Materials to Prepare

Registered teachers: please prepare the following for each student so that they can practice scientific sketching during the broadcast!

Pre-Activity (~15-30 minutes)

The purpose of this pre-activity is to help students practice describing the details of the sky.

A. Simple Observation - Look up at the sky and make observations. (Record your observation on a piece of paper)

  • What do you notice?

  • What patterns can you see?

  • How does it feel?

B. Observation using this NOAA Observation Log.

If your student(s) do any of the activities, please bring the observations or logs to the program.

Technology Required

To participate, you must have the following technology available:

  • Desktop, laptop computer, or tablet
  • Strong internet connection; a wired connection is preferable
  • Free Zoom videoconferencing software installed in advance
  • Projector
  • Speakers
Frequently Asked Questions

I'm new to Distance Learning from the Academy. What is a Special Live Event?
A Special Live Event is a live, interactive virtual learning experience connecting many classrooms around the world with Academy educators, all sharing a single chatroom. Your students will be able to watch and participate in activities during this live streaming event, but will not be on camera and will not talk directly to us using a microphone. Instead, your class will have the opportunity to submit thoughts, observations, and questions via a chat box.

Is there a cost?
Special Live Events are free for all participating! However, you must register in advance in order to get the link to the shared chatroom. Many events fill to capacity.

Who can participate?
Special Live Events are designed for student groups, and are tailored to specific grade ranges. You may be located anywhere on the globe to participate over an internet connection, but note that we deliver programs during the day in the Pacific Time Zone.

Do I need to download anything to connect?
Yes. We use Zoom videoconferencing software to connect. You will need to download this free software before the day of the event.

Will I receive a confirmation email?
Once you submit your registration form, you will receive an email with a copy of your registration. This is your confirmation email. Two weeks before the event, you will receive a prep document and information on how to connect with us.

Can the date/time of Special Live Events be adjusted?
No, these events are predetermined by our educators' and/or special guests' schedules. We offer repeated sessions for each event, often on sequential dates, in order to serve various academic calenders, bell schedules, and time zones.

I registered for an event, but now I'd prefer one of the other available sessions. Can I switch my date/time for the event?
Simply email us at to make any adjustments to your registration, and we'll do our best to fit you in.

My class isn't able to join any of the currently scheduled Special Live Events. Do you have other Distance Learning opportunities?
Yes! You may schedule a private session for a small fee. We have a menu of Virtual Programs for K-8 classrooms. Your students will be able to talk directly with educators using a web camera and microphone. Availability is limited due to our educators' teaching calendar; submit your request in advance!

Grades: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Program Duration: 45 minutes
Price: Free
Time Slots: 9:10 am, 10:10 am