This series is the third of the Science of Weather digital extensions, a digital version of the original Science of Weather
curriculum, also available in print. While the original paper version was published as one single volume of worksheets, and separate teaching notes in 5 volumes, these new series contain both the worksheets and the teaching notes, and are broken down by themes, to accommodate teachers who might be interested in teaching a particular topic, rather than a full blown, year-long, weather and climate curriculum. (If, however, you are only interested in the worksheets, consider downloading the student workbook. If you are interested in the entire set of teaching notes, consider downloading the "5-volume set.")
In WX3 Temperature Maps and Storms, students learn about the following:
- Thermometers and temperature (and the difference between heat and temperature).
- How to best design a thermometer for different applications.
- Temperature scales and conversions.
- The history of the invention of the thermometer and all the different temperature scales.
- How to build a temperature map (coloring and contouring, which requires interpolation and proportional reasoning).
- Analyzing temperature maps and identifying midlatitude storms (extratropical cyclones), air masses and fronts using isotherms and regions of strong temperature gradients.
- The classification of air masses and the motion and speed of cold and warm fronts.
- How to read meteograms.
- Polar surges (cold air outbreaks, Arctic blasts), nor'easters, and cold air damming.
Students also learn to think, explain, and write in logical format, showing cause-and-effect relationships. They practice proportional reasoning, using conversion formulas, interpolating, contouring, and using the speed formula.
The first activities can be adapted for grades 4 or 5 by simplifying the discussions and explanations. Otherwise, most of the series will be well suited for grades 6 to 12, apart from the last assignment, which is written in the format of the SAT and is more appropriate in high school. I also use these worksheets as starting points and activities in professional development workshops. This particular series is a good complement/supplement to existing weather, climate, and environmental science modules, such as FOSS Air and Weather, FOSS Weather and Water, STC Weather, and It's About Time EarthComm.
All the activities are aligned with the national standards, as made explicit at the end of each activity in these Teaching Notes.
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