Play Ball! – Or Not…Making a Decision Using Weather Data

Should the game go on or not? An engaging lesson asks small groups to make a decision using weather data. After analyzing a map, an updated forecast, and radar information, groups have to decide whether to cancel a baseball game. They are then presented with the actual outcome.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Up the ante a bit and tell them this baseball game is the state championship
Classroom Considerations

  • Classes should have knowledge about how fronts move, in what direction, and radar maps
  • Establish baseball rules for what needs to be present, weather wise, for a game to be called (usually lightning)
Pros

  • Having scholars make a forecast, knowing there is a baseball game at stake, is engaging
  • Actual outcome of the weather and situation is found near the end
Cons

  • None