Weather Watch Activity Guide: Groundhog Day

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Exactly what do groundhogs know about weather? Not as much as your science students will after completing these lessons and activities that cover everything from the earth's rotation and the creation of shadows, to cloud identification and weather prediction.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Choose lessons from this collection to supplement into an earth science unit on weather
  • After students have finished their cloud creations, hang them from the ceiling or create a class bulletin board to display their work
  • Visit your school library to gather a collection of books about weather to make available for students during this unit
Classroom Considerations

  • This lesson was designed by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, which means that some of the lessons reference weather patterns that are specific to North Carolina
Pros

  • Offers a wide range of activities for use across the elementary and middle school grade levels
  • Includes a reference sheet with pictures and written descriptions of the different types of clouds
  • Provides an extensive list of children's literature and other reference materials relating to Groundhog Day and weather
  • Each lesson offers ideas for activities that extend student learning
Cons

  • None