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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.
Future weather forecasters collect daily temperatures over a period of time. Afterward, they compare their data with monthly averages, as researched on national weather websites, in order to grasp the difference between weather and climate. They create line graphs of their measurements and then make observations about national temperature trends. Although the lesson content is rather simple, it teaches an important standard concept for earth science courses. Consider using it as a springboard for a discussion about global warming.
Students 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.
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.
Learners 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.
Students, 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.
Learners 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.
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.
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 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!
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.
Young scholars 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 plan, 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.
Young scholars, 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.
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.
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.
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.
In this weather worksheet, students use their workbook to answer short answer questions about weather and weather causes. Students complete 10 questions total to get their merit badge.
First graders identify weather. In this Science lesson, 1st graders choose their favorite and least favorite type of weather and explain their feelings about both. Students create a table to illustrate the predictions and actual weather forecasts for the week.