SCIENCE STATIONS: FORECASTING THE WEATHER
Materials needed: ruler, computer access, scissors, glue, colored pencils
Station 1 - Weather Symbol Sort – Students cut out the various weather terms, symbols and definitions. Then they place them onto the appropriate boxes. After checking their answers with the answer key, they glue them down!
Station 2 - Weather Station Creation - A weather station is an observation post where weather conditions and meteorological data are observed and recorded in a concise manner. Using the key located in the center of the worksheet, students create the various observation stations. If time allows, they can create their own conditions and have a partner create the station!
Station 3 – Interactive Notebook – Weather Instrument Foldable - Students create a foldable reinforcing the following weather instruments: rain gauge, thermometer, barometer, wind vane, anemometer, psychrometer. A definition for each is provided as well as a picture. There is a completed foldable as well. I use these for the students who are absent.
Station 4 – Create a Weather Map – After labeling the 50 states (which sometimes takes up all the time believe it or not! – in which case they can complete the rest for hw) the students place several weather symbols in specified locations on the map. They are required to draw a cold front, warm front, label high and low pressure systems, hurricane location, precipitation and city temperatures.
Station 5 – Reading a Weather Map – Math Connection – Students answer questions based on observations of a weather map. Upon completion, they locate several locations on a map of the United States and connect the points to form a shape (triangle and parallelogram). Students are asked to determine the perimeter and area of each shape using a ruler (in).
Station 6 – Technology Connection – Students go to a great website called Edheads and learn how to report and predict the weather with interactive activities and games. (Requires Flash) I usually just focus on the predicting but they are both informative yet fun!