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Be the meteorologist
Students use internet data to plot the path of a hurricane over several days. At designated points, students will decide which areas of the coast to put under a hurricane warning and will justify their decisions. This lesson uses real weather data and allows students to "be the meteorologist."
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Science)
Building a safe house
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 3.9
In this lesson for grade seven, students will design and build a model of a hurricane-safe house.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 and 7 Science)
By Emma Couch.Adapted by Mitzi Talbert.
Cloudy with a chance of... what?
Students will enjoy reading about a town where no one ever goes hungry because the sky provides food while learning about weather and healthy and unhealthy foods.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 English Language Arts, Healthful Living, and Science)
By BJ Larson and Paula Sharpe.
Coastal weather issues: Planning for a hurricane
The unit is designed for seventh grade students who have been studying Earth and its atmosphere. In this sequence, students are faced with the realistic issue of personal and social decision-making when planning for hurricane strikes, which includes classification, tracking, and monitoring hurricanes, as well as planning for evacuations. The inquiry-based approach involves a WebQuest in which the learner will assume the role of an emergency management team member who must create a preparation plan for the community.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Science)
By Karen Greene.
Geography centers
A geography unit in which students investigate and compare their hometowns and other cities. The unit incorporates nine centers: math, science, social studies, reading, writing, computers, puzzles and games, art, and listening. They all have activities that are integrated with the geography unit.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–2 Visual Arts Education and Social Studies)
By Laurie Perry.
Nature's checks and balances
This unit introduces students to several essential understandings. They will learn that plants and animals depend on one another for survival and organisms interact within nature to create a balance. They will also learn that humans can influence and manipulate nature.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 English Language Arts and Science)
By Nicolette Heise.
Nephelococcygia - Cloud watching
As part of the 2nd grade science objectives dealing with weather, students will learn the various types of clouds as well as the term and the act of nephelococcygia -- cloud watching.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Computer/Technology Skills and Science)
By Kelley James.
Observing the water cycle
Initially, students will observe a demonstration of the water cycle and apply the information gained through the demonstration. Then students will measure and graph rainfall for two weeks.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 and 5 Mathematics and Science)
By Priscilla Nutt.
Project Groundhog
The students will determine the groundhog prediction of either six more weeks of winter or an early spring and see if the prediction was accurate by recording daily weather data for six weeks. Over that six week period the students will be comparing their weekly data with schools around the USA and Canada using the Project Groundhog website.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Mathematics and Science)
By Jane Diamond.
Rainy weather
This is the first lesson in a weather unit. This lesson consists of activities that help students understand the concept of rain.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Science)
By Carol McCrary.
Twisters in a jar
The class will discuss the motion, causes and effects of a tornado. The student will also be able to name the safety steps one should take when a tornado occurs.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Science)
By Andrea Allen.
Using K-W-L to confirm what you know
Students will learn to use a K-W-L to activate their prior knowledge and help them set a purpose for reading and recording what they learned. They will also extend their K-W-L chart to confirm the accuracy of their prior knowledge and of what they learn.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Arts and Science)
By Kathleen Neff.
Using Venn diagrams to compare and contrast
In order to be able to compare and contrast weather in other places around the country and the world, the students will learn how to use a graphic organizer (Venn diagram) to visualize likeness and differences between two things.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Arts and Science)
By Kelly Sharpe, Kathleen Hughes, Ruffin Priest, Sondra Walker, and Sandra McKee.
Watching the weather
In CareerStart lessons: Grade seven, page 3.5
In this lesson for grade seven, students discuss the work that meteorologists do and brainstorm ways to collect data about the weather without using instruments. Students collect weather data over a two-week period.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7 Science)
By Emma Couch.Adapted by Mitzi Talbert.
Weather activities with Night of the Twisters
While reading the novel Night of the Twisters, students will complete activities related to weather concepts described in the story. Students will complete activities which explore the key concepts of cloud formation, air pressure, and local weather patterns.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 Science)
By Melissa Bancroft.
Weather for the day
In this lesson, students will use previous knowledge and classroom resources to determine current weather conditions and temperature.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Science)
By Rhonda Hathcock.
Weather is the word-o
Using an integrated curriculum, this unit plan provides sixteen fun-filled weather activities to familiarize students with sun, rain, snow, and wind. Each of the activities will take approximately 30 minutes over a three week period.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Science)
Weather watchers
This is a week long activity during which the students record the weather, track weather changes, and make predictions about future weather patterns.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Computer/Technology Skills, Information Skills, and Science)
By Virginia Shaddix.
Weathering the water cycle: Condensation
This lesson introduces students to condensation as one phase of the water cycle. Through the use of the four lessons in this series students will learn that the water cycle is a continuous cycle. The other lessons in this series include lessons on evaporation and precipitation as well as a conclusion.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Science)
By Cathie Hill, Jackie Parker, and Karen Neilson.
Weathering the water cycle: Evaporation
Students will learn that evaporation is one of the three stages of the water cycle. The other lessons in this series include lessons on condensation and precipitation as well as a conclusion.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Science)
By Cathie Hill, Jackie Parker, and Karen Neilson.