Today we were scheduled to learn about rain gauges. We were going to do an experiment by "pretending" it rained and measuring the amount of rainfall...but guess what? It actually rained today! This made our lesson so much better! We talked about meteorologists using rain gauges to measure the amount of rainfall. We used plastic containers and set them out this morning at 10:39am. We let them collect rain all day and finally brought them back in at 2:15pm to measure the amount of rainfall. We used rulers and measured in centimeters to see how much rain had collected over the period of time. We were very shocked to have only collected about 1 centimeter because it had been raining ALL DAY! Read some of our notebook entries below to see why we think that happened...
These brave souls volunteered to collect the rain gauges.
We had to huddle under the overhang to do our observations today.
We used rulers to measure the amount of rainfall.
We finally came to the conclusion that even though it rained all day it was mostly just drizzling so it would take longer for the container to fill up. Some students said they thought we should have put the rain gauges in different parts of the playground to see if the rainfall was different. (I know...they are geniuses!)