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Students explore the Earth's climatic regions and their characteristics. Using the Internet, they evaluate regional vegetation, agriculture, and population density. Students name and describe instruments that measure weather. They produce a simulated "weather news" program.
How are the United States and other parts of the world affected by climate controls? Young scientists will read a passage (included here), discuss different types of climate controls, and identify places on a map that they believe would be affected by climate controls. Then complete the extension activity, which has learners predict what the weather might be like in different areas of the world.
Fifth graders observe and identify weather conditions. In this weather conditions lesson, 5th graders study an extreme weather table and use sources to identify weather conditions. Students make their own weather condition table and a daily record chart. Students record the weather over a 5 day period.
After viewing a short video about a climb up Mount Everest, high schoolers read about triangulation for measuring distant elevations. Have your class work in groups to construct an inclinometer and then use it to measure the height of three schoolyard trees. The video makes for a fascinating anticipatory set to practicing the triangulation technique.
Here is a fabulous collection of lessons for your emerging meteorologists! In them, learners will utilize satellite data to determine distribution of rainfall, research global rainfall patterns, and utilize their knowledge to propose new instruments and satellite missions that can help us understand the changes in the earth's climate. Some fantastic worksheets, weblinks, and other educational resources are embedded in an incredibly detailed and exciting lesson plan.
Looking for a fine series of lessons on weather? These lessons are for you! Here, learners cover topics such as the hydrologic cycle, clouds, the atmosphere, air movement, weather fronts, and forecasting the weather. They engage in quite a few hands-on activities and experiments where they get to use real scientific equipment. This 29-page plan is chock-full of worksheets, resource links, and detailed descriptions of excellent activities.
Here is an outstanding presentation on weather that is perfect for early-elementary learners. In it, pupils view slides that describe different types of weather, weather events, view beautiful photos of clouds, see some of the instruments used in forecasting and measuring weather data, and view weather maps. This is an excellent PowerPoint that should lead to lots of meaningful discussion, and a greater understanding of the world of weather.
In preparation for solar car races, middle schoolers attempt to discover what time of day the most solar energy can be collected. Begin by demonstrating the use of a voltmeter for measuring solar cell output. Take them outdoors to take measurements and make observations at different times of the day over a three-day period of time. Afterwards, critical -hinking questions on a worksheet help them assess their data.
Students examine the need for a standard unit of temperature and measure temperature with a thermometer. They discuss the details of a thermometer and the calibrations used, record temperature data for inside and outside, explore weather websites, and calculate changes in temperatures.
Students participate in an outdoor activity in which they make direct but safe observations of the Sun. Students use a solar cell and voltmeter apparatus to collect data on the amount of DC voltage produced by the solar cell during a two-minute time period while watching cloud cover.
Students build a working weather station. In this weather forecasting instructional activity, students build a working weather station and collect data over the course of a week. Students also collect actual weather data from newspapers or online resources to compare with their findings.
Fifth and sixth graders engage in a series of activities which show them the importance of using different types of measurement strategies. One of the primary goals of the lesson is to show learners that measurement is helpful in many areas of real life. Area and perimeter are two of the measurements which are focused on the most. Some outstanding worksheets are included in this plan.