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Emergent scientists examine the unusually warm winter of 2011-2012 (called the “year without a winter”) and its effect on blossoming times and pollination. Groups engage in a weather information scavenger hunt, compare climate maps, and collect data from the US and Europe. They then theorize how the data they have collected explains the unusual weather of 2012. Discussion questions, activities, and extensions are included in the richly detailed plan.
Access local temperature data online, graph averages, and critique it. Learners listen to a scenario where weather and climate are confused, and then answer questions to differentiate the two. The lesson plan itself is compact, but there is a plentiful amount of information provided to help you address Next Generation Science Standards for earth science.
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.
Here is a terrific series of lessons on the four seasons and daily weather changes designed for kindergartners. Little learners are able to name characteristics of several elements of weather. They perform daily observations, do collaborative projects, listen to stories about weather, and create weather-related artwork. An excellent collection of teaching ideas that should delight your little ones!
Upper graders and middle schoolers make up a scenario of planning outdoor concert locations for their favorite musical group. They do this by looking into the weather patterns in a variety of tropical regions. They research where and when severe weather happens in these regions, and work together to come up with a proposed itinerary for their band that should keep them "dry" during their performances. A great teaching idea, and a wonderful lesson plan!
Whereas the lesson plan is an analysis of weather-related data, it can be used in any science class to teach how to review data, graphs, and visual models for pertinent information, and how sometimes these representations help to clarify information. A handout defining various modes of displaying data is included along with six different choices of styles to analyze. Answers are provided for each, along with a detailed explanation. This is a top-notch resource for any science teacher!
Tornadoes, blizzards, and hurricanes, oh my! In this lesson, meteorology majors compare stories of historical storms written by two or more different sources. As a result, they understand how the media portrays such catastrophes and experience a comparison of various perspectives. Lessons like these are ideal for meeting Common Core standards for literacy in science.
Young meteorologists read basic weather maps by learning about the symbols that are associated with them. This two-day lesson plan has some excellent demonstrations and activities to get youngsters thinking about the weather in scientific terms. Additionally, there are terrific examples of weather maps, and a Jeopardy-style game embedded in the plan that should reinforce the important concepts covered.
Third graders practice making predictions about weather from conditions they observe on weather instruments and weather reports. Learners are introduced to the most basic weather reporting instruments: the thermometer, the wind vane, the anemometer, the barometer, and the rain gauge. An excellent hands-on activity is embedded in the plan, along with terrific activities.
This activity asks learners to interpret data displayed on a graph within the context of the problem. Students are given three graphs that show solar radiation, or intensity of the sun, as a function of time. They are also given three statements describing the status of the weather during the day. The task is to match each graph with the corresponding weather description.
Students investigate weather disasters by creating a virtual tornado. In this wild weather instructional activity, students define a vortex and describe how a vortex keeps a tornado moving and causing damage. Students utilize salt, detergent, water, and a plastic bottle to create a virtual tornado.