Weather Classroom Project

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Forecasting the Future: How Weather Works
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Overview

How is a good weather forecast made? In this unit, students will become meteorologists as they explore the conditions that make up weather. Through an ongoing email exchange, students will share weather related information about their own location while learning about the weather in their ePals location.
Essential Questions
  1. What conditions create weather?
  2. What factors make the weather change?
  3. In what ways does weather?affect our lives?
  4. What methods should?we use for predicting the weather?
Objectives
  1. Students will know and be able to explain three components of weather: temperature, air pressure and humidity.
  2. Students will observe and record weather conditions for one week including temperature, cloud cover and precipitation.
  3. Students will research and record weather conditions for their ePals location for one week.
  4. Students will summarize and compare weather data using both graphic and narrative forms.
  5. Students will learn how weather conditions and phenomena occur and can be predicted.
  6. Students will describe how weather affects their daily lives and the choices they make about clothing, activities, food, transportation, and mood.
  7. Students will use their knowledge of weather to create a television weather broadcast.
Culminating Activity?
Students will use their knowledge of weather and forecasting as they work together to write and produce a television weather broadcast.
Project Elements?
This project has four parts:
  1. Engage, Activate Prior Knowledge and Build Context;
  2. Students exchange six emails with their ePals;
  3. Culminating activity, and;
  4. Reflect/Assess.

Standards?
National Geography Standards
Places and Regions
Standard 4: The physical and human characteristics of places
Physical Systems
Standard 8: The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface

National Science Education Standards
Science as Inquiry
K-4 Content Standard C: Life Science
K-4 Content Standard D: Earth and Space Science
5-8 Content Standard C: Life Science
5-8 Content Standard D: Earth and Space Science
Investigation and Experimentation
1. Formulate predictions and justify predictions based on cause and effect relationships.
Earth and Space Science
1. Water moves in the air from one place to another in the form of clouds or fog, which are tiny droplets of water or ice, and falls to the Earth as rain, hail, sleet, or snow.
2. How to use weather maps and weather forecasts to predict local weather, and that prediction depends on many changing variables.
3. Differences in pressure, heat, air movement and humidity result in changes of weather.

NCTM Data Analysis and Probability Standard: Collect, organize and display relevant data to answer questions.

National Educational Technology Standards?