Weather or Not

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What is the difference between weather and climate? This is the focus question of a lesson that takes a deeper look at how weather data helps determine climate in a region. Using weather and climate cards, students decide if a statement is weather or climate based. A truly hands-on experience for young meteorologists to begin to understand how climate and weather differ from each other.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in conjunction with the other lessons in the unit, or use by itself in a study of climate change and weather
  • Reserve time in the library, or flip the lesson and have learners do some of the research with the provided website for homework
Classroom Considerations

  • Class members should know how to multiply fractions if they are completing the activity independently
  • Requires Internet access for exploring the data websites
  • Lesson is part of a collection of five that is also included in a series of units for fifth and sixth graders on climate change
  • Each individual needs a thermometer
Pros

  • Discover the difference between climate and weather
  • The 16-page packet comes with a detailed plan, activities, worksheets, a list of web sources, and an answer key
Cons

  • None
Common Core