The student is expected to measure and record changes in weather and make predictions using weather maps, weather symbols, and a map key.
The student knows that there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among the Sun, Earth, and Moon system.
NOAA Education Resources: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (website) - Large and diverse collection of weather- and climate-related information, resources, workshops, news and links for educators and students.
Weather: National Geographic (website) - Short explanation of weather and weather forecasting.
National Weather Service: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (website) - Provides weather information at the local, state and national levels, including warnings and forecasts.
Weather Map Symbols: American Meteorological Society (website) – Guide to interpreting common symbols on weather maps.
Collecting Weather Data and Keeping a Weather Log: Stevens Institute of Technology, Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (website) - Students will use weather instruments (see “directions for building and using weather instruments,” below) to observe, measure and record weather data for two weeks. Then, students will analyze their data to identify patterns and trends with which to make weather predictions.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Weather Experiments: Weather WizKids (website) - A large selection of weather investigations.
How to Make an Anemometer: Southeast Regional Climate Center (PDF) - Easy, clear instructions for making an anemometer to measure windspeed.
Weather Walks: Utah Education Network (website) - Students learn about weather with guided activities while taking walks in various types of weather conditions.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Collecting Weather Data: teachersnetwork.org (website) - Collect weather information from five cities within a selected state, and use this information to create a national weather map with which to predict upcoming weather.
Have students read the weather forecast in the local newspaper or watch it at night on TV, and then record the actual meteorological events over the coming day(s). Students should compare the forecast(s) with the actual weather and write a report about their findings.
Weather. Crosgrove, Brian (ISBN-13: 978-0756630065)
Weather & Climate: The People Behind the Science. Cullen, Katherine (ISBN-13: 978-0816054664)
The Weather Book: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to the USA’s Weather. Williams, Jack (ISBN-13: 978-0679776659)
Weather Instruments. Delta Education (ISBN-13: 978-1592422609)
Weather! Rupp, Rebecca (ISBN-13: 978-1580174206)
Tornadoes. Simon, Seymour (ISBN-13: 978-0064437912)
Storms. Simon, Seymour (ISBN-13: 978-0688117085)
Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll. Branley, Franklyn M. (ISBN-13: 978-0064451796)
El Niño: Stormy Weather for People and Wildlife. Arnold, Caroline (ISBN-13: 978-0618551101)
Blizzard! The Storm that Changed America. Murphy, Jim (ISBN-13: 978-0590673105)
Weather Words: Weather Wiz Kids (website) - More than 150 weather-related words and definitions.
Teaching Climate Graphs: Juicy Geography (website) - Interactive activity that teaches students to read and interpret climate graphs.
What is Weather: BBC Schools (website) - Interactive site with information about different aspects of the weather.