Author:
Adrienne Sawyer
Subject:
Earth and Space Systems
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Upper Primary
Tags:
Weather
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
Language:
English
Media Formats:
Text/HTML

Education Standards (1)

I Can Forecast the Weather Remix

Overview

Students create a weather station to record and analyze data in finding relationships and patterns to predict weather. 

Can Forecast the Weather Remix

Attribution: The original lesson was written by Earl Molden, Appleton Elementary School, Appleton, MN. The lesson may be found here: https://goopenva.org/courses/i-can-forecast-the-weather

The original lesson focused on students correlating weather conditions with basic cloud types.  I expanded the lesson by having students use additional weather data in recognizing relationships and patterns and using those to predict weather.  

Lesson Description 

Engage: Place various weather instruments throughout the room.   Ask students to write in their science journal what they predict the weather will be like tomorrow and to explain their prediction.  

Explore: Students will set up a weather station in order to gather data on temperature, wind speed, air pressure, precipitation, and sky conditions.  They will read the instruments and record data in their weather journal for 1-2 weeks.  (Weather journal attached.)

Explain:  Students will analyze their data and explain relationships and patterns they find. They will share and discuss their findings with fellow students in small groups.  The teacher will ask each group to share the relationships and patterns they found. The teachers will make sure students see relationships between air pressure, cloud formation, and precipitation.  The teacher will ask the students to use their data to make a prediction for the next day’s weather.  The students will explain the difference in the prediction they made during the engage section and the prediction made based on data.  

Elaborate: Students will research and explain the effects of extreme weather events on the environment.  They will propose a solution to reduce the effects.  Students may create a model in order to demonstrate their solution.  They will present their findings to the class.  

Evaluate: Students will self-assess as they explain relationships and patterns with their classmates.  The teacher will assess their understanding as they report their findings as well as assess the weather journals and the presentations on weather events.