Perfect for very young students or those with low cognitive ability or who are easily overwhelmed with too much information. Four simple choices allow students to determine the weather: sunny, cloudy, rainy, or snowy. Two variations of data collection are provided: a horizontal bar graph or a tally chart. Students enter data on the bar graph for analysis.
Data Collection: The activity itself is very simple and takes only a few minutes per day: The student observes the weather out the window and colors in the matching box or adds a tally.
Graphing and Analyzing Data: At the end of the month, analyze the data with the students by filling in totals in the boxes at the bottom of the data collection. Then answer the questions from “What Does Our Weather Data Show?”
How To Use
• A monthly template is provided. Print a new sheet for each month for each student.
• I have made Weather Journals from pocket folders. A Weather Journal Cover is provided. It can be glued on the front of a folder. Or the words can just be written on the front and students can draw their own pictures. The current month’s chart is kept on the left and previous months’ charts are on the right.
• I have also used composition books as Daily Journals and taped a copy of the data collection sheet on the inside cover. Each month, I taped a new chart on top of the previous one, taping only along the top so we could flip through the charts and see the weather from the previous months.
•We’ve also had a classroom chart. Make a large bar graph by cutting out and gluing the four weather cards on the bottom of a large sheet of paper. Make four columns. Let students take turns each day adding a sticker in the column that matches the day’s weather. My students liked to compare their charts to the classroom chart, and it was helpful when students were absent for them to catch up their charts. We hung each month’s classroom charts in the hall and were able to see at a glance what the weather was like through the school year.
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