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Weather...or Weather Not

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Grade Level:  Fourth Subject:  Science
Learner Outcomes:
  • Students will interpret weather data from a variety of sources.(Printed, television, Internet, etc.)
  • Students will observe, record and describe daily and seasonal weather patterns.
  • Students will be able to describe the various weather instruments.







Student Task: 
  • Students read from their textbook about the aspects of weather.
  • The students keep a weather log for a week.
  • The log, is a calendar in which students write the daily high and low temperatures, whether it was sunny, cloudy, or partly cloudy, and the barometric pressure.
  • The students do a research paper on the various weather instruments.
  • The students cut out a weather section of the newspaper to discuss in class.  
  • For one week, students pick another place in the country to compare their weather to.  They compare the items they listed in their log.  They share at the end of the week.



Teacher Role:  The teacher explained the concepts of weather to her students.  The teacher made assignments at the beginning of the week.  She also led all classroom discussion.  She assisted students with gathering information for their research paper. Grouping:  Students worked independently for their assignments.  They discussed what cities they were going to choose for the comparison portion of the weather activity.
Hook:  At the end of the week, each student will do a display comparing their weather with that of a another place in the country.  Their projects will be displayed around the school.  Student-Directed Learning:  Students choose which city they wanted to compare their local weather to.

Use of Technology:  Students went to internet to gather information about weather instruments.  They also used the internet to find the weather for the various cities they were comparing. Assessment:  Students' research papers were graded.  They also took a multiple test on the information covered in the text.  They were graded on their displays.


Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional
Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the
National Science Foundation.

Author(s): Wanda McMichael, Linda Payne, Emmie Thirlwell
School: Sheridan Elementary, Orangeburg Consolidated School District #5, Bamberg-Calhoun-Orangeburg Math/Science Hub
Created: March 4, 2001 - Updated: April 7, 2001
URL: http://www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/w01/projects/weather/wm pre-linc6.html