Students follow weather forecasts to gauge their accuracy and produce a weather report for the class. They develop skills of observation, recording and reporting.
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- Colorado: Math
- a. Analyze and describe patterns and relationships using words, tables, graphs, symbols, and technology (Grade 5)  ...show
- Colorado: Science
- c. Describe weather conditions based on data collected using a variety of weather tools (Grade 5)  ...show
- d. Use data collection tools and measuring devices to gather, organize, and analyze data such as temperature, air pressure, wind, and humidity in relation to daily weather conditions (Grade 5)  ...show
- International Technology and Engineering Educators Association: Technology
- C. Various relationships exist between technology and other fields of study. (Grades 3 - 5)  ...show
- Next Generation Science Standards: Science
- Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season. (Grade 3)  ...show
- Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions. (Grades 6 - 8)  ...show
- Learn how to prepare a weather report based on real-life weather forecasts.
- Apply skills in analysis, synthesis, evaluation and explanation to their writing and speaking.
- Write and speak in the content areas using the technical vocabulary of the subject accurately.
- Use reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing skills to solve problems and answer questions.
|Accurate:||Exactly factual; errorless.|
|Doppler radar:||Radar that uses the Doppler effect to measure velocity of approaching weather.|
|Forecast:||To estimate or calculate in advance, especially to predict (weather conditions) by analysis of meteorological data.|
|Front:||Meteorology. The interface between air masses of different temperatures or densities.|
|Satellite imagery:||Pictures taken by photographic equipment mounted on satellites.|
|Weathercast:||A broadcast of weather conditions.|
- Today's weather — local, state, national weather maps
- Record high and low temperatures
- Outlook for the evening
- Air quality report including pollution alerts and burning restrictions
- Tomorrow's prediction
- Five-day forecast
- Some interesting weather trivia or an explanation of a weather phenomenon
Activity Embedded Assessment
- Creating and presenting an in-class television weather program may be an individual or two-person activity.
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Jane Evenson, Malinda Schaefer Zarske, Denise Carlson
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Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
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