HIGHLY ACCLAIMED! Can be used as a class activity, lab, or alternative assessment. Differentiated activity and lab combination lesson. If you like weather, weather forecasting, and weather reporting, this lab is for you! This activity is being submitted for an award evaluation through the National Science Foundation and is also being submitted to the American Meteorological Society education curriculum initiative.
This activity and/or parts of this activity have been used across the board from elementary school, into middle school and high school, weather camps, and even general science education meteorology classes in college. There are so many things that one can do within this activity. It is easy to modify to particular students and classes based on their needs. What makes this lab awesome and fun for kids and exciting for teachers is that it covers so much material. It fuses together the following topics: storms, mid-latitude cyclones, fronts, air masses, precipitation types, temperature, humidity, air pressure, air pressure changes, cloud cover, wind direction, wind speed, weather forecasting, television weather reports, and climate and seasonal weather changes.
There are many COLOR components of building storms, mapping storms, and connecting geography and storms on maps to what it would look like in real time.
This is also modified for special education students. YOU HAVE THE CHOICE of making it harder or easier based on how you present the material.
This has been used successfully over and over again. It is best used as a cut and paste or laminate and Velcro activity. Answer key is in order at the back end of the document. ENJOY!
This work has also been shared at workshops, in-services, and conferences.
Great feedback from students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
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”