"Today we are going to discuss weather and climate," began Mrs. Kim. "Can anyone tell me the difference between weather and climate?"
No one in the class seemed to know how to answer that question. Mrs. Kim tried another question.
"What if I were to ask you what the weather outside is like today. What would your answer be?" she asked.
Josh was quick to hold up his hand. "It is sunny and warm today," he said. "But yesterday it was rainy and a little cooler."
"So, when you are telling me about the weather, you are telling me the conditions at that particular time. Now, what is the climate like in Hawaii?" she continued.
"We just studied Hawaii," answered Maddie. "We found out that it is warm and sunny most of the time."
"Exactly," said Mrs. Kim. "The climate of an area is the type of weather they have over an extended period of time."
Mrs. Kim walked over to her work table. On the table was a big glass jar. "We're going to create weather inside this jar," she said.
"Rain and snow come from the sky," said C.J. "How can you make weather in a jar?"
Mrs. Kim took the lid off the jar and laid it on its side. She took large scoops of dark soil and layered them on the bottom of the jar on the inside. She took a very small sprinkling can and watered the dirt. The children were amazed. They had never seen anyone water dirt before.Paragraphs 11 to 29:
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