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Instructor decides the difficulty.
Weather fanatics!!! This is for you!!!
A one of a kind storm evaluation/case study centered on one of the most PROLIFIC severe weather outbreaks in U.S. history. A lab/activity that makes “can’t find anywhere else!” atmospheric connections between upper air weather maps and surface weather maps leading to weather forecasting competency.
This particular activity/lesson is LOADED with PROFESSIONAL images that real meteorologists use.
This multi-dimensional activity can be used across many levels as it allows the instructor to tailor the specific pedagogical strategy. For higher-level learners this lesson can be primarily a traditional activity in which students’ draw/sketch/color/select the necessary information. For students that need an alternative, this activity can be altered to be more of a “cut and paste” or “laminate and Velcro” activity. Therefore, a choice is given to both instructor and student(s).
-General description and map analysis overview of 500 millibar geopotential heights: polar vortex, upper level troughs, upper level lows, polar jet stream, upper level ridges, and subtropical highs
-Surface Map Analysis: April 27, 2011 (2pm EST) surface map analysis: interactive and selection based application to maps of sea level pressure, surface temperature, surface winds, and surface dewpoint temperature. Learners place pressure systems, fronts, wind directions, air masses, atmospheric moisture, storm track, airflow, wind circulation, and general weather symbols.
Map analysis followed by thorough prompt and knowledge check questions.
-Upper Air Map Analysis: April 27, 2011 (8am EST) and April 28, 2011 (8am EST) 500mb upper air map analysis: interactive and selection based application to maps of 500mb geopotential heights (upper air) incorporating key features such as—upper level ridges, subtropical highs, upper level lows, high pressure systems, low pressure systems, fronts, airflow, air masses, wind circulation, severe weather risk zone.
All map analysis followed by thorough prompt and knowledge check questions. Concepts/topics addressed:
-Geography, climate, and weather
-Front differentiation and sector based weather conditions
-Influence of oceans and deserts
-Relationship between upper level lows, surface lows, current weather conditions and weather forecasting
-Differentiation between 500mb and 850mb winds and vorticity
-Wind shear, frontal squall lines, and super-cellular thunderstorms
Loaded with COLOR mages!
Fantastic for college prep, advanced, special education, and/or autistic-Asperger’s learners who need differentiated instruction or other non-traditional (direct instruction) pedagogical strategies.
Can be infused so learners that need an alternative assessment or may struggle with standard activities/labs/assessments have such an engaging option.
Perfect for homeschooling!
A great addition to your meteorology teaching library.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 4th – 12th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
Great feedback from parents, teachers, administrators, and curriculum field professionals.
Applicable to many state science assessments and benchmarks.
Has been applied to state mandated North Carolina end of year tests for science in grades 5 and 8.
Even used by teachers in New York State as a preparation for the Earth Science Grade 9 Regents Exam.
Answer key provided.
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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence/educational resource center*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”