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Main Curriculum Tie:
At least one per class:
Background For Teachers:
Meteorologists collect weather data daily to make forecasts. With the aid of high altitude weather balloons, weather equipment and gauges, satellites, and computers, accurate daily forecasts can be made. Collecting weather data in just one location and making a forecast requires a great deal of skill. Since air travels from one location to another, it is helpful to know what the approaching weather will be.
In this investigation, the students will collect data for two weeks. At this time they will start seeing patterns in each of the areas. They can predict what the weather will be like the next day and for the next few days. They will also write if their predictions were correct from the previous day.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Pre-Assessment/Invitation to Learn
Review with the students about the instruments that meteorologists use and how they are used. Discuss why meteorologists need these instruments and how they can predict the weather.
Tell the students that for the next two weeks they will be using these instruments to see what the current weather conditions are. They will then record them on a sheet that will be given to them. They will be doing this two or three times a year to compare one season (or month) to another season (or month). They will also be making predictions of what is going to happen the next day, compare it with a professional forecast. The next day they will see how close they were to their prediction.
Homework & Family Connections
Response questions to the data they gathered:
Response questions about Utah weather:
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