Science Shorts: Organizing Weather Data by: Tracy L. Coskie and Kimberly J. Davis

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Often in schools, children collect weather data as part of their morning meeting or calendar time. These common primary level activities lend themselves nicely to introducing the importance of organizing data. In this lesson, children and teacher work together to find a structure for recording precipitation, temperature, and other weather information. Older children compare how using different types of graphs changes what is communicated about their weather data.

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  • on Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:22 PM

I will definitely use this lesson in my own classroom. It teaches the young children early on how to collect data in an organized way, and important skill they need to practice. This was a very easy read and understandable lesson for students. I like the multiple sections including how to extend the lesson and how the lesson connects to the standards. I especially liked the ideas of how to adapt this lesson for older students and to get math involved with charts and graphs.


  • on Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:54 PM

In this article, the author describes several benefits of tracking weather data and provides an elementary level lesson plan. The article includes powerful information about the benefits of tracking. In addition to providing activities and lesson ideas, the author also provides extension activities and links to the standards. I really like the way this lesson encourages students to track data of something they experience everyday...the weather.

Maureen Stover  (Fayetteville, NC)
Maureen Stover (Fayetteville, NC)

  • on Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:49 PM

This article represents a very early attempt to have young children understand that data collected needs to be organized in a way to use it or make sense of it. This article is a way to start these children thinking about data collection and data organization. What makes this activity so good is that after the children start a chart a new piece of information is suggested and students have to decide how to change their data collection. If all children this age had these experiences getting to organize data when they are older would be easier to do.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:26 PM

This article and accompanying lesson plan outlines the importance of modeling how to collect and interpret data for students. This is an important skills for scientists to have and can be introduced in age appropriate ways. In this article, students are working with weather data to look for patterns about the weather.

Kate Geer  (Louisville, CO)
Kate Geer (Louisville, CO)

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