Backyard Weather Station

Challenge young meteorologists to apply their knowledge of weather to build their own weather stations. The resource provides the directions to build a weather station that contains a wind vane, barometer, thermometer, and rain gauge. Pupils use their senses to observe the weather and make a generalized forecast. The class then uses the data collected over several days to create a more detailed forecast. 

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • You may consider having only one weather station based upon the space available around the school
  • Have the class compare the data recorded from their weather station to the local official weather information
Classroom Considerations

  • Gather the needed materials for each of the weather station tools
  • The activity is the eighth in a 12-part series
Pros

  • Each of the tool worksheets has a graphic organizer to record data
  • The activity plan breaks up the large amount of work into manageable pieces
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS