A weather lab/activity with actual events and case studies like you have never seen. This is a must have! Incorporates material for every level of learner within the dynamic content of meteorology. See preview!
Primary content includes: station models, weather maps, forecasting, life connections, data analysis, and synthesis of major weather concepts.
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.
Take weather maps to a new level! 4 weather scenarios based on REAL events:
-Arctic Front (February 4, 2015)
-Nor’easter (Snowstorm on February 6, 2010)
-Severe Thunderstorms (April 25, 2011)
-Hurricane (Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012)
Each weather scenario is presented in 2 ways. The first assessment is presented by a national surface weather map incorporating pressure systems, fronts, and general precipitation summaries. For each of the national maps, students assign the general weather forecast, national summary, and 2 city photographs. The second assessment is presented by a regional surface weather map incorporating station models, temperature, dewpoint temperature, air pressure, wind direction, wind speed, fronts, air masses, precipitation, cloudiness, and forecasting. Each scenario in this format contains a city analysis complete with a station model assessment, photograph, and forecast summary.
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 and inclusion 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!
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 5th – 10th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
This work has also been shared at workshops, in-services, and conferences.
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.
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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”