Resource Image On Observing the Weather

by: Peter Crane
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Type of Resource: Journal Article
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Publication Title: Science and Children
Publication Date: 5/1/2004
Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School


In this article, Mount Washington Observatory meteorologist Tim Markle shares the ins and outs of his daily weather-observing routine and offers insights on making weather observations at home or at school.

Ideas For Use


open or full inquiry
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Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Analyzing data
Asking questions
Collecting data
Interpreting data
Scientific habits of mind
Intended User Role:Elementary-Level Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
Educational Issues:Classroom management, Community involvement, Curriculum, Educational research, Inclusion, Informal education, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Learning theory, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 7 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 7 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Earth Science
    • Objects in the sky
      • The sun, moon, stars, clouds, birds, and airplanes all have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described.
    • Changes in earth and sky
      • Weather changes from day to day and over the seasons.
      • Weather can be described by measurable quantities, such as temperature, wind direction and speed, and precipitation.
      • Objects in the sky have patterns of movement.
  • Science and Technology
    • Understanding about science and technology
      • People have always had questions about their world. Science is one way of answering questions and explaining the natural world.
      • Trying to determine the effects of solutions helps people avoid some new problems.
      • Tools help scientists make better observations, measurements, and equipment for investigations. They help scientists see, measure, and do things that they could not otherwise see, measure, and do.

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User Reviews

Anyone can Be a Meteorologist
  Adah (San Antonio, TX) on March 30, 2011
  This article goes along with a poster produced by the Mount Washington Weather Station meteorologists. The daily activities of the scientist include using a sling psychrometer to measure the temperature in the shade, observing clouds types and levels, visibility, wind direction and strength, and barometric pressure. These activities are then translated to ones that students can do at their school with simple equipment. This is an interesting article about how students can learn from a working scientist in the field and apply these same techniques to their world.

Meteorologists Having Fun
  Allison Cooke on January 13, 2011
  The meteorologists at Mt Washington seem to be having so much fun, I found myself looking on the map to see if I could go there this summer to see what they love so much. The author describes their actions, the reasons behind them, and the science behind it all. I feel empowered to take these descriptions as instructions, letting my students observe the weather themselves, and I know they’ll be just as excited. A SciLinks code and two web references are given, which are helpful, but the text refers often to a poster in the original journal, and I wish I had access to that. Still, I was very pleased to have found this article.

Students Observing!
  Megan (Clarksville, MD) on October 21, 2015
  This article gave some get insight into how to get kids engaged in weather observation. I am currently working a Two Week Unit on Weather and am really trying to get them immersed in the topic. The idea of the act of taking a notebook outside with to record everything they see and feel about the weather is a great idea and can tons of activities to bunch off of.

Real Life Weather Forecasting
  Kate Geer (Louisville, CO) on March 14, 2011
  This article details the equipment and processes that are used to collect weather data at the Mount Washington Observatory. This would be a great article to share with upper elementary students as well to detail how weather is collected. It also gives tips on how to do the same type of weather collections in your school environment.