Weather Watchby: William R. Veal and Robert A. Cohen

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Without looking out the window, do you know what the weather is like right now? By not paying more attention to the weather, we not only miss many of the interesting things that go on in the atmosphere; we also might miss the fact that the weather is not random. There are patterns to the weather, and we can use those patterns to make short-term weather forecasts. In this activity, students observe and record data about local and national weather for two weeks and then use this data to identify patterns in the weather that can be used to predict future weather at their location. This sample chapter also includes the Table of Contents, Introduction, Safety in the Classroom Practices, Standards Organizational Matrix, Activities at a Glance Matrix, and Index.

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  • on Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:41 AM

This lesson is an excellent addition to any local weather study. It walks students through a study of national weather patterns by having students monitor the nation's weather for approximately ten minutes a day for two weeks. I would either use it as an end of period activity that students can complete when we have finished collecting our local weather data or as an out of class assignment. It has a great scaffolding sheet to aid students in the organization of their data as well as guiding questions that help students notice important patterns. It would be an excellent co-curricular activity with a geography class. The teacher's portion does an excellent job identifying students' common preconceptions and highlights the main ideas students need to understand after completing the lesson.

Ruth Lehmann Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Lehmann Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:30 PM

This is a great resource to use when studying weather with middle school students. It includes an acitivity called "Weather Watch" in which students will watch their local weather of a period of time. They will identify patterns in their local weather and then attempt to make weather predictions. In doing this activity, students gain a better understanding and appreciation of weather and meterology. The resource contains important background information, a procedure for completing the activity, questions and conclusion, and a teacher guide. Overall, this is an excellent resource and a great way to get students working hands on in science class!

Kaitlin O
Kaitlin O

  • on Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:51 PM

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