Weather Forecasting

According to the Farmers' Almanac, the weather will be nice today. Class members examine how weather forecasting plays a part in their lives with a resource that provides information on the history of forecasting, from using cloud patterns, the almanac, and folklore all the way to modern forecasting equipment. Pupils use a worksheet to find interesting facts about several forecasting tools.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Divide the class into groups to work on the fact worksheet with one pupil researching each topic for facts to share
  • Get a local meteorologist to come speak to the class
Classroom Considerations
  • The online Farmer's Almanac has several ads on its pages that may advertise items not suitable for a classroom
  • Seventh in a 12-part series
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • The worksheet comes in both PDF and doc formats, so it is easy to edit
  • The plan includes an extension demonstration of the Doppler effect
Cons
  • The plan does not provide an instructional method
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