Note: This unit is part 3 of 3 units included in the Complete Weather Unit Bundle. Be sure to check out the complete bundle and save $$!
This product is the third in my 3-part unit on weather. In this unit, students will learn how to apply prior knowledge of winds and air pressure to interpret weather maps and forecast the weather. They will learn about humidity and will learn how to use a psychrometer. In addition, they will learn about air masses (and how to name them based on their location) and the four main types of fronts (boundary between two air masses that meet) and the weather associated with them. All of this information leads students to successfully read weather maps (which they will get plenty of practice with) and forecasting the weather. They will even get the chance to be a Meteorologist for a Day!
This complete unit comes with labs, station activities, student interactive notebook booklets, short reading passages with questions, card sort, diagrams, many weather maps, and a unit quiz to check for understanding.
Teacher answer keys, videos, images, and detailed directions for set-up and implementation are included.
Everything needed for this unit is included, except for the following materials that you must provide. Many of these items can be found around your house or in a basic science storeroom. If not, I find it extremely helpful to send out a request for materials with my students and their families. They are typically very willing to look around the house for these supplies.
❆empty, clear 2 Liter bottles with lids
❆psychrometers (or thermometers, cardboard, cloth or hollow shoe string)
❆access to online website, such as tablets/computers (for students)
❆temperature strips (like these on Amazon)
The order of activities are:
❆Highs and Lows on a Weather Map (warm-up with optional PowerPoint included to use for projecting)
STATIONS OR WHOLE CLASS ACTIVITIES (Editable Station Signs are included):
❆Psychrometer Lab (lab with ISN booklet)
❆Air Masses (ISN booklet reading passage and questions)
❆Cloud in a Bottle (lab with ISN booklet)
❆Air Masses and Fronts reading passage with Fronts Flippables for ISN
❆Fronts Card Sort
❆Reading a Weather Map
❆Temperature and Pressure Weather Map
❆Weather Map Interpretation
❆Hurricanes Reading Passage with questions (would be great for a homework assignment)
❆DIY Weather Map Activity (students visit a website and copy down current information on US weather- fronts, pressure, temperature, precipitation. They create their own weather map with this information and predict the weather for the following day.)
❆Meteorologist for a Day (Students report the weather conditions in 5 different US cities from a provided weather map. Ideas for project extension are provided.)
❆Quiz to check for understanding