Weather or Not
Program for Science Teachers
- SWBAT work cooperatively with classmates to create different
- SWBAT learn to use different instruments to report wind direction,
air pressure, rainfall, and temperature.
- SWBAT compare/contrast weather data.
See materials and directions to
build instruments at:
Computer with Microsoft Word
following website has information on weather instruments and scales:
- Engage – Watch a video clip of a weather
forecast. Ask students:
How do meteorologists get the weather data that you see on the
forecast? What instruments might they
use? How do you think they work?
Divide class into groups of 3.
Assign each group an instrument to construct.
Provide them with the instructions and the materials. (If a group
finishes early, they may choose another instrument to make).
each group describe the instrument that they were assigned to build and tell
how it works.
up the weather station outside.
Explain to the students that they will record the data from their weather
station for the next five days.
Discussion – How accurate do you think your instruments will be?
If the answer is “not very”, then why?
Why is it important to get accurate measurements?
At the end of five days, have students go to
(if you have the Onset Weather Station.
Otherwise, go to
www.noaa.gov ). Collect the same
data from the weather station for those five days.
Compare and contrast the data.
How accurate were your instruments?
What could have been a variable?
How could you make a more accurate instrument?
Choose one of the weather instruments and design a new and improved
version. Sketch the instrument and
write a paragraph explaining how it would work.
predictions about the weather for the next week.
- Invite a local forecaster to the school.
Weather related videos (Bill Nye the Science Guy, Discovery).
- Math – Use weather station data and choose
two. Graph them against one another
and look at relationships ( i.e. temperature and pressure).
- Language Literacy – Investigate weather
folklore. Select and research a
saying, such as “Ring around the moon, ‘twill rain soon”.
Is it accurate in predicting the weather?
- Art –
Use cotton balls to represent different types of clouds and their altitude.
Geography – Track a hurricane.
Indicator 4 – Collect and record weather data to identify
existing weather conditions, and recognize how those conditions affect our daily