Students will learn how to predict and evaluate weather forecasts.
Pre-Assessment/Invitation to Learn Materials
This investigation is based on the weather data gathered in Investigation Six. Meteorologists stake their reputations on the forecasts they project on the TV, radio, and newspapers. Most of the time they are right, but sometimes they are wrong. When they don’t give an accurate forecast, they will evaluate their predictions and go over the information again to see why they were wrong. Sometimes a storm changes at the last minute and goes another way.
Their forecasts have dramatically improved the past decade because the weather instruments they use are very sophisticated. The invention of weather satellites is probably the greatest improvement. The satellites take pictures and gather other weather information. The satellite information along with other weather information is uploaded into computers. The computers actually make the forecast. It is the role of the meteorologist to verify the information. With the use of graphics, the meteorologist can show us and explain in simple terms what is happening and why it’s happening. It has helped the average person, who doesn’t know a lot about the weather, to understand the forecast that is given. We rely more on the weather prediction we see on TV or in the newspaper than we have ever done before. We are becoming more and more removed from making our own predictions.
The weather affects all of us each day. A weather forecast helps us to know different things, from what type of clothes we should to wear to whether we should even be outside during a bad snowstorm. We make many decisions based on the weather prediction.
1. Use science process and thinking skills
2. Manifest scientific attitudes and interests
3. Understand science concepts and principles
4. Communicate effectively using science and language and reasoning
Pre-Assessment/Invitation to Learn
Discuss with the students why weather predictions are important to us. Ask them what people do after they hear a forecast.
Take out a current forecast of today and read it to the students. Look at the weather outside to see if the forecast is true. Ask them if they knew what the was going to be today if it affected what they wore. Ask the students who didn’t know what the forecast was going to be today how they knew what to wear.
Have the students brainstorm reasons forecasts are important to people. There may be a heavy snowstorm and those who do snow removal must know that they will have to get up early. Others may leave early to miss the traffic. It alerts the police that there will probably be problems on the roads during the day.
Make up another scenario and have the students tell about all the types of people it will affect. You could also direct a class discussion by suggesting people yourself.
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