The student is expected to collect, record, and analyze information using tools, including microscopes, cameras, computers, hand lenses, metric rulers, Celsius thermometers, wind vanes, rain gauges, pan balances, graduated cylinders, beakers, spring scales, hot plates, meter sticks, compasses, magnets, collecting nets, notebooks, sound recorders, and Sun, Earth, and Moon system models; timing devices, including clocks and stopwatches; and materials to support observation of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums.
The student knows how to use a variety of tools and methods to conduct science inquiry.
What are Weather Observations? American Geological Institute (website) - Students learn about different elements of weather, how and why we observe and measure weather conditions, and how this information is used to predict the weather. (Click the arrows to navigate from page to page.)
Temperature: Environmental Literacy Council (website) - Extensive background information on temperature and how it relates to weather.
Weather Experiments: Weather WizKids (website) - Students build and use simple weather tools (see links for making a thermometer, anemometer, windsock, etc.) to collect, measure, record and analyze local weather information.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
How to Make an Anemometer: Southeast Regional Climate Center (website) - Easy, clear instructions for making an anemometer.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Make a Rain Gauge: Weather Wizkids (website) - Simple directions for creating a rain gauge.
Instruments That Measure Weather: National Geographic (PDF) - Students match descriptions of weather instruments to images of those instruments or of weather conditions that the instruments measure.
Weather Forecasting. Sievert, Terri (ISBN-13: 978-0736837392)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Barrett, Judi (ISBN-13: 978-0689707490)
Weather Words and What They Mean. Gibbons, Gail (ISBN-13: 978-0823409525)
Who Cares About the Weather? Berger, Melvin (ISBN-13: 978-1567840049)
Extreme Weather 101: Will Stager Foundation (website) - Wide collection of lesson plans, videos, podcasts, inter-actives and supporting materials focused on extreme weather conditions.