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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.  

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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

Have you heard of a tornado tube? It is an incredibly ingenious, inexpensive device which will allow you to demonstrate what a tornado looks like.

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.

Weather Wiz Kids

National and Local Weather Forecast

NOAA's National Weather Service

USA Today Weather News

Scholastic's Weather Watch for Teachers

All About Snow

Ice and Snow

Snow Crystals 

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