EXPLORATION

UPPER ELEMENTARY  |  SCIENCE
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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.

Time

Two Weeks

Setting

Outside

Collection Group

PREDICTING WEATHER

 

Standards

  • 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).

Materials

  • Large outdoor thermometer
  • Rain gauge

Procedures

  1. Install a large outdoor thermometer and a rain gauge in the school yard.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Explorations in this Collection

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Designing Season-Extenders for the Garden

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Hosting Garden-Based Meteorological Reports

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Predicting Weather Trends

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Collecting Temperature and Precipitation Data

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Measuring Air Pressure

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Working with the Wind

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Measuring Wind Strength

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Measuring Wind Direction