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A FUN, COLORFUL, ENGAGING, and PROFESSIONAL multi-level cognitive approach to station models and weather forecasting.
This lab/activity presents students with an opportunity to fuse an entire unit of meteorological curriculum into a specific case study. Students analyze a storm scenario using professional meteorological data relative to one of the most notorious severe weather outbreaks in United States history.
High acclaim from NOAA and NWS meteorologists!
A very special way to incorporate the following content:
-Air masses and fronts
-Mid-latitude cyclone (storm) development
-Storm types (squall lines; supercells, air mass thunderstorms) and precipitation fields
-Air pressure, wind direction, and the relationship to weather changes
-Humidity and dewpoint temperature
-Weather hazards (wind damage, tornadoes, hail, flash flooding, etc.)
-Vorticity, differential vorticity, and helicity
-Upper air analysis, 500 millibar geopotential heights
-Storm Prediction Center data and specific storm reports
-Doppler radar analysis
-United States geography
Curricular format is as follows:
Surface map analysis of April 25, 2011-the first day of a multi-day historical severe weather outbreak. Station model descriptions and a general daily weather summary. Multiple pages of questions incorporating images and the overlying themes around this specific event.
Blends perfectly into the core themes of any meteorology unit with additional higher level professional forecasting skills used by trained and experienced meteorologists.
Designed with purpose addressing varied knowledge levels and specific cognitive applications. Questions are offered as multiple choice, image completion, sketching, and fill in the blank.
COLOR images provided.
Can be infused easily into curriculum so learners that need an alternative assessment or may struggle with standard activities/labs/assessments have such an engaging option.
This activity has been used in all levels of classes: special education, general education, and advanced.
Perfect for homeschooling!
A great addition to your meteorological teaching library.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 5th – 12th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
Sections have been adopted by undergraduate meteorology programs to be used within their weather forecasting lab manuals.
Great feedback from 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 submitted to an educational resource center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”