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- Students will solve problems using integers, graphs and spreadsheets, and measures of central tendency.
- Students will understand how these concepts apply to careers in meteorology.
Time required for lesson
- One class period for reading selection and questions
- Optional: One class period for enrichment activity (spreadsheet and/or double line graph)
- Read selection “Life as a Meteorologist” as whole class, in pairs, or individually.
- Discuss the article as a whole class.
- Have the students answer questions 1-9 individually and finish the last question for homework.
- Enrichment activity: Have students follow the given directions to create a spreadsheet and double line graph of the monthly highs and lows of a European capital. This activity can be completed at home or in a computer lab.
Optional resources for more information on the topics covered in this lesson
- Careers in Meteorology
- This interactive game on the Weather Channel Kids website allows kids to find out more information about careers as meteorologists and get to know the Weather Channel’s experts.
- Make a Weather Station
- The Franklin Institute hosts an interactive activity allowing kids to build a weather station that measures wind, air pressure, moisture, and temperature using household items.
- Web Weather for Kids
- On this website, students can learn about wild weather and safety, play games to learn about types of clouds, read severe weather stories, get ideas hands-on weather activities, and try their hand at forecasting the weather!
- Weather Watch
- Scholastic’s weather website gives students the opportunity to observe clouds, gather weather data, investigate climate conditions, and forecast weather. Students can also learn about severe weather and read an interview with a meteorologist.
- Career: Meteorologists
- The College Board explains what high school courses and higher education degrees students need to become meteorologists.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Atmospheric Scientists
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides detailed information on the nature of the work; training, other qualifications, and advancement; employment; job outlook; earnings; and related occupations.
North Carolina curriculum alignment
- Goal 1: Number and Operations - The learner will understand and compute with rational numbers.
- Objective 1.01: Develop number sense for negative rational numbers.
- Connect the model, number word, and number using a variety of representations, including the number line.
- Compare and order.
- Make estimates in appropriate situations.
- Goal 4: Data Analysis and Probability - The learner will understand and use graphs and data analysis.
- Objective 4.02: Calculate, use, and interpret the mean, median, mode, range, frequency distribution, and inter-quartile range for a set of data.
- Common Core State Standards
- Mathematics (2010)
- Statistics & Probability
- 6.SP.5Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context, such as by: Reporting the number of observations. Describing the nature of the attribute under investigation, including how it was measured and its units of measurement. Giving quantitative...
- The Number System
- 6.NS.5Understand that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values (e.g., temperature above/below zero, elevation above/below sea level, credits/debits, positive/negative electric charge); use...