Is your class learning about weather and weather forecasts? This activity uses real data allowing students explore the relationship between atmospheric pressure and weather conditions. Students use real world data from online weather websites (or use the included data) to collect data. Students graph the data and look for patterns and write an argument using evidence to explain the relationship between atmospheric pressure and weather conditions. Students will then read a passage about high and low pressure systems to complete their reasoning section of the argument to explain why atmospheric pressure affects weather conditions.
This activity includes a presentation to move students through the activity, students sheets including an editable graph, and focused reading about pressure systems.
Supports NGSS Standard:
MS-ESS2-5. Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions.
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This comes from my “Quick and Cl-Ev-R” series. Each activity is designed for students to practice writing scientific arguments with Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning based on real world data and experiences. Each activity includes a quick hands on activity or demonstration, data collection, and corresponding reading focusing on the scientific concepts presented in the activity.