UPPER ELEMENTARY | SCIENCE
Collecting Temperature and Precipitation Data
Students will analyze weather charts/maps and collect weather data to predict weather events and infer patterns and seasonal changes.
- S4E4. Students will analyze weather charts/maps and collect weather data to predict weather events and infer patterns and seasonal changes.
- a. Identify weather instruments and explain how each is used in gathering weather data and making forecasts (thermometer, rain gauge, barometer, wind vane, anemometer).
- Large outdoor thermometer
- Rain gauge
- Install a large outdoor thermometer and a rain gauge in the school yard.
- For two weeks, each morning, visit the schoolyard with the class to collect precipitation data and each afternoon, visit the schoolyard to collect temperature data. Record this data on a line graph or line plot. Consider contributing data to a citizen science project like mPING: http://mping.nssl.noaa.gov/index.php
- Analyze trends in the data that is collected, compare collected to data to that from the news, and discuss the difference between weather and climate.