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Collecting Weather Information

Collecting Weather Information

TEKS Objective

The student is expected to record weather information, including relative temperature, such as hot or cold, clear or cloudy, calm or windy, and rainy or icy.

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Essential Understanding

The student knows that the natural world includes the air around us and objects in the sky.

Science Background

Exploring Weather (website) - Information about different types of weather, from hurricanes to winter storms, as well as weather forecasting. Click on Weather WizKids for even more information.

Exploring Weather
www.exploringweather.com

Signature Lesson

Weather Experiments: Weather WizKids (website) - Students explore weather conditions and concepts (i.e., rain, clouds, wind direction) through the activities on this website, and record the outcomes of their investigations.

Weather Experiments
www.weatherwizkids.com

Experiencing the Weather: Utah Education Network (website) - Through a variety of activities, students explore and learn about basic weather concepts/conditions, and record information about different kinds of weather.

Experiencing the Weather
Utah Education Network, www.uen.org

Supporting Lessons

Weather Walks: Utah Education Network (website) - Record information and learn about weather while taking walks in various types of conditions: sunny, rainy, windy and snowy. Includes teacher background, extensions and assessment.

Weather Walks
Utah Education Network, www.uen.org

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

Homemade Rain Gauge - The Imagination Tree (website) – Make a very simple rain gauge using recycled materials. Learn about measuring, number recognition, capacity and weather.

Homemade Rain Gauge
The Imagination Tree, www.theimaginationtree.com

Changes in the Weather - Louisiana Department of Education (PDF) - Use unit 6 Activity 1, Page 29 - 35 observe and record changes in weather conditions.

Changes in the Weather
Louisiana Department of Education, www.doe.state.la.us

Assessment Ideas

Observe and record the weather using the daily calendar. Have students attempt to predict what the weather will be for the next week. Have students verbally explain the weather of the day.

 

Make a Weather Wall: Education.com (website) - Observe and record the weather for a month, and then attempt to predict what the weather will be for the next week.

Make a Weather Wall
by Sue BradfordEdwards, Education.com

Literature Connections

Weather. Simon, Seymour (ISBN 0060884398)

Weather Words and What They Mean. Gibbons, Gail (ISBN 082340952X)

What Will The Weather Be? Dewitt, Lynda (ISBN 0064451135

Related Science TEKS

(1.1A) Science Safety
The student is expected to recognize and demonstrate safe practices as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations, including wearing safety goggles, washing hands, and using materials appropriately.

(1.1B) Importance of Safe Practices
The student is expected to recognize the importance of safe practices to keep self and others safe and healthy.

(1.1C) Recycling/Disposal of Science Materials
The student is expected to identify and learn how to use natural resources and materials, including conservation and reuse or recycling of paper, plastic, and metals.

(1.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.

(1.2B) Plan and Conduct Descriptive Investigations
The student is expected to plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations such as ways objects move.

(1.2C) Collect Data
The student is expected to collect data and make observations using simple equipment such as hand lenses, primary balances, and non-standard measurement tools.

(1.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.

(1.2E) Communicate Observations
The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations.

(1.3A) Identify, Explain and Propose a Solution to a Problem
The student is expected to identify and explain a problem such as finding a home for a classroom pet and propose a solution in his/her own words.

(1.3B) Make Predictions
The student is expected to make predictions based on observable patterns.

(1.3C) Explore Scientists
The student is expected to describe what scientists do.

(1.4A) Tools for Collecting Information
The student is expected to collect information using tools, including computers, hand lenses, primary balances, cups, bowls, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices, including clocks and timers; non-standard measuring items such as paper clips and clothespins; weather instruments such as demonstration thermometers and wind socks; and materials to support observations of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums.

(1.4B) Non-Standard Measurement Units
The student is expected to measure organisms and objects and parts of organisms and objects, using non-standard units.

Related Math TEKS

1.9A    The student is expected to collect and sort data.

1.9B     The student is expected to use organized data to construct real object graphs, picture graphs, and bar-type graphs.

1.11B   The student is expected to solve problems with guidance that incorporates the processes of understanding the problem, making a plan, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the solution for reasonableness.

1.11C   The student is expected to select or develop an appropriate problem-solving plan or strategy including drawing a picture, looking for a pattern, systematic guessing and checking, or acting it out in order to solve a problem.

1.11D  The student is expected to use tools such as real objects, manipulatives, and technology to solve problems.

1.12A  The student is expected to explain and record observations using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

1.13A  The student is expected to justify his or her thinking using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

Additional Resources

The Case of the Phenomenal Weather: NASA Sci Files (website) - Learn about violent storms, weather fronts, global wind patterns and climates. Scroll down to the middle of the page (fifth activity) to view a video and download the lesson guide.

The Case of the Phenomenal Weather
NASA Sci Files, www.knowitall.org/nasa/scifiles

Science in the Schoolyard Video (Grade 1 Air and Weather): FOSSWEB (website) - Watch as teachers and students take science outdoors to observe, measure and record weather conditions. Click “Grade 1 (Air and Weather)” to begin the video.  The Grade 1 video starts at 17:19 and runs through 21:01 (3:42 long).

Science in the Schoolyard Video (Grade 1 Air and Weather)
FOSSWEB, www.fossweb.com

Weather in General: Scijinks NASA (website) - Nice interactive resource for answering general weather questions such as “What causes a tornado?” or “What makes it rain?”

Weather in General
Scijinks NASA, scijinks.jpl.nasa.gov

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