We have a variety of lesson plans and activities that can
be used the in classroom to teach children about the science
of studying weather.
- In this activity students will work in teams of 2 to
study the formation of convective storms and the formation
and structure of hail stones. Each team will test mock hailstones
of varying sizes to investigate the impact and damage caused
by hailstones. The teams will create graphs to analyze the
data they have collected.
- Students will learn how clouds form. They will be able
to distinguish between the different cloud types and will
use technology to record clouds. This lesson includes basic
gas laws and the weather associated with different cloud
- Students will be expected to know how snow forms in the
atmosphere and the difference between wet and dry snow.
They will learn how snow measurements are taken and how
the mean, median and mode are calculated.
- Students will be expected to know how to recognize changes
in weather patterns based on analyzed data. They will learn
how to draw isopleths using raw data and how to analyze
weather maps using isopleths. They will be given an understanding
of how significant weather patterns can affect their lives
and the lives of those around them including crops, livestock,
WHAT CAUSES IT?
- Students will learn about what causes the wind and why
the wind behaves as it does. They will learn the early cultural
beliefs about the wind. They will study High and Low pressure
systems and how pressure gradients affect wind flow and
HEAT TRANSFER IN THE ATMOSPHERE
- Students will be expected to know how heat is transferred
by conduction, convection, and radiation. Why hot dry air
is pushed upward by cool or moist air. How thermals can
help produce instability in the atmosphere. Activities include
how to construct a hot air balloon from tissue wrapping
- Part 1 - Background & History
of Rain Measurement
Students will work in pairs or teams to read the history
of rain measurement handout and create a visual representation
that includes reasons for measuring rainfall and tools past
and future. This could be a poster, cartoon strip, children's
storybook, or educational brochure.
- Part 2 - Testing the Accuracy
of a Rain Gauge
Students will work in cooperative teams to identify and
test variables that may affect the accuracy of a rain gauge,
including evaporation potential, durability of the materials,
materials expansion/contraction potential, uncertainty caused
by the cross-section of the opening, and location of installation.
Students will share findings of their research with the
class in a 'mini-meteorology-convention'.
- Part 3 - Design and Build a
Students will work in pairs to design and build a rain gauge
based upon the class research in part 2. Rain data will
be collected and analyzed over a period of time with opportunities
to improve on rain gauge design.
- Part 4 - Analyze Rainfall Data
Students will compare class data to any available local
rainfall data. Students will make and interpret graphs,
maps, and charts and draw conclusions about rainfall patterns
in their area.
- Work sheet: Big Lips Sink Ships