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How Does Your Garden Grow? Discovering How Weather Patterns Affect Natural Cycles
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.
Weather and Climate Data Exploration
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 itself is compact, but there is a plentiful amount of information provided to help you address Next Generation Science Standards for earth science.
Weather and Climate of South Korea
Young scholars compare weather in two opposite cities. In this weather analysis lesson, students create line graphs for the weather patterns of South Korea and their hometown. Young scholars write up comparisons between the different cities.
Weathering the Odds
Students explore the limitations of weather forecasting and how consumer-driven weather forecasting companies attempt to meet the demand for accurate, long-term weather forecasting. They act as meteorologists, researching the weather.
Forecast the Weather
Learners, in groups, write scripts and perform "live" weather reports from "actual" sites where extreme weather or natural disasters are occurring. They choose from hurricanes, blizzards, tornados, and earthquakes. They videotape their reports using props, etc.
What's the Weather?
Students are introduced to the concept that weather can change daily and that weather patterns change over the seasons. They use video, experiments and observational skills to explore how the weather affects human lives.
Weather Dot Com
Young scholars 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.
Weather: A Global Awareness Tour
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!
Get the Picture - Severe Weather Graphs and Other Visual Representations
Whereas the instructional activity 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!
Learners experiment with bunsen burners and beakers of water to see how the earth's atmosphere acts like a thermometer. They explain how temperature causes movement in the air and how warm and cold fronts cause weather changes.
Weather in the News
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.
Investigating the Climate System WEATHER
Young scholars research, interpret, and become able to explain general characteristics of weather in tropical regions. Students observe and compare tropical and mid-latitude weather patterns.
How is the Weather?
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.
Weather: You Like It or Not
Students explore the importance of and flaws in weather prediction, and prepare their own weather report on a specific type of storm.
Students determine how to read and record weather data. They use maps, legends, graphs, charts and lists. They read a Washington Post article entitled, "Hi, Sky: How Weather Works."
Students explore earth science by reading articles in class. In this weather identification lesson, students analyze weather science articles on the Internet and view their own local weather patterns as well. Students define a list of vocabulary terms and complete several weather worksheets.
Operation Weather Station
Students, in groups, build measuring instruments for a class weather station. They collect data using the instruments and actual data from a real weather station. They compare and contrast their data to that collected at a real weather station.
Forecast the Weather
Students analyze different weather conditions before creating their very own first-person report from the eye of a storm. They use maps to analyze different weather conditions, record an online weather script and write a first-person report from the center of a storm.
Operation Weather Station
Students work in cooperative groups to create a working weather station. Tkey use the weather station to collect weather data over a one-week period. Students compare the data from their weather station to actual weather information from newspapers or online sources.
What's the Weather
Students discover what meteorology is and they participate in the daily activities of meteorologists, observing the weather and recording their findings. Students also create weather instruments from household objects to help with their observations. Students then discuss how weather changes in association with clouds. Students also discuss how the weather effects us in our daily lives.