Many homeschoolers and quite a few elementary school teachers feel unprepared to teach science. I believe that this is in large part because they have no idea where to obtain the materials necessary to teach labs. I have dealt with two very large companies, who although their primary purpose is to supply schools, will sell to individuals. However, neither one will sell either chemicals or live bacteria and viruses. These two are: Ward Science Supplies and Carolina Biological. Don't be fooled by the name. Both sell materials to teach: biology, geology, meteorology, astronomy, chemistry, and physics from kindergarten through graduate school. A third company, Home Science Tools, sells primarily to homeschoolers. They will provide chemicals in the very small quantities that a homeschooler would wish.
BOOKS, DVD's, and MORE:
Oh, Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today by Tish Rabe
Weather Forecasting by Gail Gibbons
Weather Whys by Mike Artell
Explores Weather by John Farndon DK Eyewitness
Seasons by David Bennett
In November by Cynthia Rylant
The Seasons: Fall by Nuria Roca (BARRON'S Educational Series)
The Seasons: Winter by Nuria Roca
The Seasons: Spring by Nuria Roca
The Seasons: Summer by Nuria Roca
The Kids' Book of Clouds and Sky by Frank Staub
Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll by Franklyn M. Branley
The Magic School Bus Kicks Up s Storm by Joanna Cole
Electric Storm (Magic School Bus Chapter Book) by Joanna Cole
Have you ever heard of a fulgurite? It is possible to order one from a science supply company.
Blizzards by Lorraine Jean Hopping
Twister on a Tuesday (Magic Tree House Series) by Mary Pope Osborne
Research Guide: Twisters and Other Terrible Storms (Magic Tree House Series) by Will Osborne and Mary Pope Osborne
Twister Trouble (Magic School Bus Chapter Book) by Joanna Cole
I didn't know that people chase twisters by Kate Petty
Hurricane and Tornado by Jack Challoner DK Eyewitness Books
Hurricanes by Lorraine Jean Hopping
Hurricanes by Seymour Simon
The Magic School Bus: Inside a Hurricane by Joanna Cole
NOVA has three wonderful videos: Lightning, Hunt for the Supertwister, and Hurricane.
If you are going to study weather, you will need: a chart on which to record the week's data, a rain gauge, a thermometer, a barometer, a hygrometer, an anemometer, and a weather vane.