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Standard 2
Students will understand that the elements of weather can be observed, measured, and recorded to make predictions and determine simple weather patterns.
Objective 3
Evaluate weather predictions based upon observational data.
  • Discovering Earth's Air Pressure
    This activity will help students understand the existence of air pressure on earth.
  • Graphing the Weather
    Students take weather readings using simple weather instruments and predict the weather in this lesson. They take readings for a month during a season and chart it. With the information, they can graph what is happening with each instrument each day and use the data to show patterns the storms follow for that particular season.
  • TRB 4:2 - Investigation 8 - Weather Forecasts
    Students will learn how to predict and evaluate weather forecasts.
  • Temperature
    Students build water thermometers out of straws and film canisters.
  • The Changing Life of Air Pressure
    These activities will demonstrate that heating air will cause air to rise and become a low-pressure area.
  • Weather Tools of the Trade
    In this lesson students will learn about the basic meteorological instruments (thermometer, barometer, weather vane, anemometer, and rain gauge), how they are used, data that can be collected from them, and why we keep records of the data.
  • What is a Barometer?
    Students will learn about the barometer and how it helps to predict the weather.
  • What's Going to Happen at Any Given Barometer Reading?
    Students will learn to recognize simple weather patterns.

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