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The Science of Weather

Weather Lesson Plans

  1. Planetary Weather–Astronomy/Space/Earth Science lesson plan from DiscoverySchool.com. (grades 6-8)-
  2. Weather Watch – In this lesson, students will use the skills of a meteorologist to study weather maps and apply the knowledge and experience gained about weather elements and weather trends to provide a twenty-four hour prediction for each of the weather stations in their project. Grades 4-6.
  3. Types of Clouds – The types of clouds are classified by their shape and altitude. Learn where the types of clouds reside and the names of the types of clouds. .. Whether they look like layers of white frosting or wisps of cotton candy, clouds with similar shapes can form in many regions of the atmosphere
  4. Purpose of Clouds - The purpose of clouds include shade, temperature regulation and precipitation. Learn why the purpose of clouds helps create a livable environment. .. Clouds have many effects on our climate besides simply hurling down hail and covering us in snow.
  5. How Clouds Form – Clouds provide precipitation, shade and a stable climate. Learn about clouds and why clouds are more than just cotton balls in the sky. .. that roll in abruptly ends an afternoon spent gazing at the clouds. So just where do these clouds come from, and how do they make rain, sleet and snow
  6. Weather Data – Spreadsheets and graphing software are tools for organizing, representing, and comparing data. This activity illustrates how weather data can be collected and examined using these tools. Grades 3-4.
  7. Weathering the Odds - In this lesson, students learn about the limitations of weather forecasting and how consumer-driven weather forecasting companies attempt to meet the demand for accurate, long-term weather forecasting. Grades 6-12.
  8. WW2010 -  a site hosted by the University of Illinois, has some really excellent material for upper level students. The site covers four topics; Meteorology, Remote sensing, Reading Maps, and Projects and Activities.
  9. How Stuff Works: Weather Experiments for Kids
  10. Avalanche!–Weather/Earth Science lesson plan from DiscoverySchool.comGrades 6-8.
  11. Weather & Climate – Project ideas from DiscoverySchool.com
  12. It’s the Humidity – Weather & Climate – Curriculum Center – DiscoverySchool.com
  13. Peak Their Interest – Weather & Climate – Curriculum Center – DiscoverySchool.com
  14. Weather Station Activity – DiscoverySchool.com
  15. Capture the Wind – Weather & Climate – Curriculum Center – DiscoverySchool.com
  16. Tornado in a Bottle
  17. Track a hurricane

Weather Videos On Line

  1. Brief History of Weather Prediction – Learn why Benjamin Franklin is often credited with discovering that weather patterns travel from west to east.
  2. Understanding the Weather – In this video, learn that predicting the weather is not easy and it requires knowledge of what causes the weather. Scientists use modern technology to try to better predict the weather.
  3. Understanding Weather: Part IILearn that predicting the weather involves not only using modern technology, but also observing patterns in weather conditions. Global climate change is a problem that affects the weather and could increase bad weather conditions.
  4. Hands-On Weather I: Just for Fun - Clouds are made of water droplets and ice crystals. Air molecules scatter sunlight, which is why a high sun appears white and the evening sun appears red.
  5. Discovery Wonders of Weather: Lightning Phenomena - Lightning will strike anything that stands high above the ground. Trees are a favorite target. No one knows how lightning determines its jagged path.
  6. Hurricanes and Tornadoes: ThunderstormsThunderstorms occur when warm and cold air meet. The various elements of thunderstorms, such as lightning, thunder, rain and hail, are all caused by this meeting of cold and warm air.
  7. Learning About the Air We Breathe – Watch this video about air pollution on HowStuffWorks. High school students at several California schools used UC Davis facilities to analyze air pollution quality and learn about the variety of pollutants.
  8. Severe Weather AftermathWatch this video about how to safely clean up after severe weather on HowStuffWorks. In the aftermath of severe weather, many communities are in need of clean up.
  9. Predicting Winter Weather - Watch this video about predicting winter weather on HowStuffWorks. Want the most reliable forecast of how severe this winter will be for the U.S. and around the world?
  10. Against the Elements: When a Tornado Strikes – In South Dakota, a tornado strikes the small town of Manchester. Watch their battle “Against the Elements,” in this Science Channel video.
  11. Hands-On Weather I: Principles of WeatherTake a look at this video and learn more about the principles of weather.
  12. Hands-On Weather II: Measuring Relative Humidity -Relative humidity is gauged by measuring the temperature difference between a wet bulb and a dry bulb thermometer.
  13. Hands-On Weather I: Important Rule of Weather - One rule of weather is that warm air rises while cool air sinks. This rule holds true for liquid, as well.
  14. Hands-On Weather II: A Look at WindA wind vane measures wind direction and an anemometer measures wind speed. Changes in wind direction often bring a change in the weather.
  15. Hands-On Weather I: Just for Fun - Clouds are made of water droplets and ice crystals. Air molecules scatter sunlight, which is why a high sun appears white and the evening sun appears red.
  16. Hands-On Weather II: A Look at Light When light is refracted, it changes direction. White light is made of seven different colors. When white light is refracted by a prism the colors of light spread apart and a spectrum is created.
  17. Storm Chasers: Tornadoes All Around - In a bid to scoop the science team once again, Reed’s team rides right into a hornet’s nest of twisters
  18. Severe Weather Research Center – This center believes that there’s something associated with the spherics that changes when the thunderstorm actually starts to go tornadic, so they are trying to figure out what is that indicator and how do we detect it.
  19. Prepare for Severe Weather - Watch this video showing how to prepare for severe weather on HowStuffWorks. According to a recent Harris Interactive poll, only 58 percent of people surveyed said they are prepared for a long-term power outage or a disaster such as a hurricane.
  20. The Impact Of Weather – Weather is the most powerful and pervasive force on earth. Scientists are striving to become better at predicting the cycles of weather and their course.
  21. Time Warp: Lady Bug RainA flower becomes a very slippery trampoline for a lady bug caught in the rain. Watch this video from Discovery Channel’s “Time Warp.”
  22. Forecasting The Weather – Learn how Scientists can use satellites and supercomputers to predict upcoming weather with better accuracy.
  23. Weather Satellites Predict Famine – Researchers at NASA will soon use weather satellites to predict famine.
  24. Atmosphere: Weather Fronts  - When air masses meet, a boundary called a front is formed, preventing the masses from mixing. Diagrams help students learn about cold fronts, warm fronts, stationary fronts, and occluded fronts.
  25. Atmosphere: Earth’s RotationIn the Northern Hemisphere, warm air moves north, and cold air moves south.
  26. Atmosphere: Air Masses - Air masses in motion cause weather.
  27. Atmosphere: Moisture and WeatherWater vapor is the gaseous form of water.
  28. Atmosphere: The Sun and WeatherThe sun is the source of almost all energy on Earth
  29. Geography Basics: Weathering - Weathering changes the land over time.
  30. Forces of Nature: ThunderstormsThe central United States sees many violent summer thunderstorms where cold air meets warm air along a cold front. The warm air mass rises and cools, creating clouds.
  31. Condensation, Freezing and Sublimation Condensation occurs when heat is taken from a gas, changing it to a liquid. As vapor condenses around a cold glass of water, droplets form around the glass.
  32. Exploring Weather: How Weather Systems MoveAir masses in motion cause weather. The four types of air masses that influence weather in the United States are known as maritime polar, continental polar, continental tropical and maritime tropical.
  33. Simply Science: Prairie Weather Systems -On the prairies, winters can be very cold and summers can be very hot. The lack of nearby moderating oceans increases the variation in temperatures.
  34. Extreme Weather: How to Stay Safe During a TornadoThis video provides tips for staying safe during a tornado.
  35. Extreme Weather: Forest FiresThis video explores the natural causes of forest fires and their effects.
  36. Force of Floods: The History of Flooding -Throughout history, flooding has impacted human communities in different ways. While the ancient Egyptians relied on the annual flooding of the Nile river, floods have only caused harm for Americans and their property.
  37. Hurricanes and Tornadoes: ThunderstormsThunderstorms occur when warm and cold air meet. The various elements of thunderstorms, such as lightning, thunder, rain and hail, are all caused by this meeting of cold and warm air.
  38. Hands-On Weather II: A Look at How Land Heats Up - Direct rays from the sun warm land and water more than slanted rays. The difference in the warming rates produces winds and air circulation.
  39. Force of Floods: Types of Floods - Storm surges, flash floods and other types of flooding are discussed in this video.
  40. Meteorology- n this section, weather as a product of the atmosphere is discussed. Also, learn about early students of weather, such as Aristotle and Torricelli.
  41. Weather Experiments - In this video, learn how to make a wind vane and an instrument to measure humidity called a “sling psychrometer.” Using ordinary household items, viewers see the principles behind wind, heat transfer, evaporation and refraction.
  42. Weathering – Weathering is a term for the decomposition of rocks, soils, and minerals through direct contact with the atmosphere. Check out this video to learn more information about the process of weathering

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