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Weather is the condition of the outside air at a
certain time and place. Weather has many features. It
can be hot or cold, moist or dry, calm or windy, and
cloudy or clear. Temperature is the relative degree of
heat or cold.
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place you live has a climate. This is the usual
weather for the location including the temperature,
rainfall, and wind. Geographic features such as
oceans, mountains, and plains can impact the weather.
For example, one side of a mountain may get lots of
rain, while the other side of the mountain may be very
- Meteorology is the study the weather. A
meteorologist measures weather, looks at the causes of
weather conditions, and forecasts the weather. A
weather forecast is a prediction about the weather for
the next day or the next few days. There are thousands
of weather stations around the world that record
information about weather. They have instruments to
measure temperature, rainfall, wind speed and
direction, air pressure, and humidity.
- A weather report is made up of many elements.
Precipitation is water that falls from the sky such as
rain, sleet, hail, or snow. Wind occurs when the air
is heated by the sun. This heating is uneven and
causes wind. The air moves in currents over the
earth's surface. Air pressure is the weight of the air
pressing against the surface of the earth. It changes
from day to day. As the elevation increases, the air
pressure decreases. Relative humidity is the amount of
water in the air compared to the amount of water that
the air can hold. If the air is filled with water, the
relative humidity may be near 100%. In very dry places
like deserts, the humidity may be as low at 5 or 10%.
When weather forecasters talk about the weather, they
often refer to fronts. When two very large bodies of
air meet, there is a front. A cold front is a place
where cold air pushes out warm air. A warm front is
where the warm air pushes the cold air.
- Although we have many tools to help us in weather
forecasting, weather is still difficult to
- This website provides information for children and
adults on all aspects of weather. They call themselves
the world's weather authority. The first page always
contains a nice satellite picture of North America.
You can get a weather report sent directly to your
email at http://direct.accuweather.com/.
- Within the Accuweather Site:
- 2) Accuweather School http://www.accuweather.com/wx/school/index.htm
- 3) Infrared Satellite Images http://wwwa.accuweather.com/adcbin/sat_index.asp?nav=home
- 4) Radar Images http://wwwa.accuweather.com/adcbin/radar_ind.
- 5) Weather News http://www.accuweather.com/adcbin/news_index?nav=home
- 6) Weather Videos http://www.accuweather.com/adcbin/video_index?partner=accuweather
- This website provide information about current
weather, weather predictions, and background
- Within the USA Weather Site:
- 2) A to Z Index http://www.usatoday.com/weather/windex.htm
- 3) Weather Basics http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wworks0.htm
- 4) Weather Graphics http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wgraph0.htm
- The Weather
- Explore lots of great weather information from the
same people who host the cable television
- Also, check out Canada's Weather
- Within the Weather Channel site:
- 2) Daily Video http://www.weather.com/multimedia/
- 3) Photo Gallery http://photo.weather.com/interact/photogallery/
- Explore these great resources for children. The
website is divided into resources for young children
"cadets" and older children "experts" as well as
- Similar Weather Websites for Children:
- 2) Dan's Wild Wild Weather Page http://www.wildwildweather.comhttp://globe.fsl.noaa.
- 3) Planet Pals: Let's Weather Together
- 4) The Weather and You http://www.richmond.edu/~ed344/webunits/weather/title.html
- Using the websites, complete one or
more of the following projects about
- Be a Weather Watcher. Use a
variety of resources to track the weather
including newspapers, television, and
online resources. Use CNN
Weather Channel, or Accuweather.
Create a chart recording the weather. What
do you do in different types of weather?
How does the weather affect what you wear
- Ask a Weather Expert.
Brainstorm weather questions. Use one
of the following websites to ask your
a Mad Scientist, Dr.
Weather Network. Or, try the Wonderful
World of Weather.
- Join a Weather Project. Explore
Groundhog. Go to Weatherworks and
for Your Favorite Cloud. Join the
Weather Watch. In this project,
students in different climates are paired
to learn about climate and weather. Or,
check out The
Wonderful World of Weather. This
elementary grades project investigates
weather phenomenon both locally as well as
in other places around the world.
- Use a Live Weather Cam. What's
it like in different places in the world?
Try the following links Weather
Cam Links, Weather
Cams, or Rain
or Shine to see a live video picture.
Write about what it might be like to live
in the place with the camera. What's the
weather like? What would you do in this
type of weather?
- Discover Your Climate. Read
about the Primary
Influence on Climate and Secondary
Influences on Climate. What's the
climate where you live? Why? Identify
another place in the world with a similar
climate. What geographic features make the
- Explore Weather Careers. Read
about weather careers at Careers
in Weather, The
Weather Channel and Information
Please. Would you like to be a
meteorologist? Why or why not? Write about
a day in the life of a weather
- Forecast the Weather. Read
about weather observation at Measuring
the Weather and Observation
Weather Techniques page. Learn more
about how meteorologists forecast weather
Weather Forecasting, Predicting
the Weather, and What's
the Weather Forecast. Create a plan
for predicting the weather. Try to predict
the weather for a week. Compare your
predictions with the actual temperatures.
Share your findings with someone living
- Build and Use Weather Tools.
Make Your Own Weather Station. Try
making weather instruments.
- Measure the Outside
Temperature. Read more about thermometers,
thermometers measure, temperature,
scales and the math
formula and conversion
information. Practice converting
Celsius and Fahrenheit measures.
- Record Precipitation. Learn
about all kinds of weather
events. Build your own rain
- Measure the Wind. Learn about
the wind. Brainstorm ways of measuring
wind. Compare the different devices.
Invent your own wind invention.
- Create a Weather Glossary.
Explore the Weather
Glossary, and the Storm
Encyclopedia at the Weather Channel.
Create a weather glossary with your
favorite new words. Then, create a weather
game using these words.
- Send a Travel Buddy. Send a
stuffed animal from one school to another
around the world. At each school, students
predict, record, and write about the
weather in a weather journal. Then, the
weather animal is sent to the next school
on the list. Students in all the
participating schools can keep track of
the mouse on a world map.
- Write about the Weather. Write
a weather poem or song. Add
verses to a weather song. The verse should
reflect a physical or geographic feature
of an area and how it impacts the weather.
Write a weather simile.
- Write Weather Folklore. Read
weather folklore at Folk
Lore Weather Forecasting, Weather
StormFax, and Wind
& Weather: Weather Folklore. Do
you believe the folklore? Why or why not?
Test some folklore. Ask an adult about
weather folklore. Then, write your own
- Create a Weather Picture.
Create your own weather pictures. What
does weather look like where you live?
Draw a picture using pencils, paint,
markers, or other materials. Try using a
software package such a Kidpix to make a
picture. Use a digital camera to take a
weather photograph. Share photographs with
another class. Ask them to write about the
weather that your children have drawn. Or,
use some weather photos such as Weather
Photography and Photo
Library to create a weather
- Try a Weather Quiz. Explore the
following quizzes. Create your own weather
- 1) Questions and Quizzes Links Page
- 2) Explorit's Weather Quiz http://www.dcn.davis.ca.us/go/explorit/quiz/weather/quiz_weather.html
- 3) Take a Quiz (easy) http://www.ems.psu.edu/WeatherWorld/Easy/quiz.cgi
- 4) Weather Dog
- 5) Weather Forecasting Quiz http://webschool.wash.k12.ut.us/science/sequential/18forecasting.html
- 6) Weather Together Quiz http://www.planetpals.com/wquiz.html
- 7) Weather Quiz http://www.sutton.lincs.sch.uk/pages/weather/activity/quiz.htm
- 8) Weather Quiz http://weathercenter.com/quiz/
- 9) Weather Quiz #2 http://marg.mhost.com/Grade3/weatherwords.htm
- 10) Weather Quiz #48 http://www.funology.com/braindrains/bd048.cfm
- 11) Weather Quiz #73 http://www.funology.com/braindrains/bd073.cfm
- 12) Wild Weather Quiz http://www.LittleExplorers.com/classroom/quiz/weather.shtml
- Explore a Web Activity. Try one
of the following two activities: Let's
Weather the Weather Together and
- Complete a Weather WebQuest.
Follow or adapt the procedures found at
one of the following WebQuest sites:
- 1) Best Weather (Grades 4-8) http://www.wfu.edu/~mccoy/NCTM99/weather.html
- 2) Weather (Grade K) http://warrensburg.k12.mo.us/webquest/weather/
- 3) Weather C.A.M.P. (Grade 6)
- 4) Weather Pleasing Cities http://www.ci.shrewsbury.ma.us/Sps/Schools/Ce.
- 5) Weather Team http://www.itrc.ucf.edu/webcamp/final_projects/gentile/index.htm
- 6 Weather Weather Everywhere http://www.bow.k12.nh.us/jgaudette/wthr.htm
- 7) Weather Webquest (Grade 4)
- 8) Weather Webquest (Grade 5)
- 9) Weather Wizards Webquest (Grades
- 10) Mrs A. Martin's Weather Webquest
- 11) Weather Forecast Showdown
- 12) What's the Weather Like
- By Kids, for Kids
Kid's Weather Page
- Explore myths, jokes, recipes, resources, stories,
quizes, and other weather-related information and
ideas. You can even add your own weather story.
- This first grade class and their fourth grade
reading buddies create a weather book, cloud poems,
weather charts, and other interesting project. There's
also a teacher section.
- This website focuses on snow topics.
- This student project includes weather conditions,
storms, el nino, the greenhouse effect, weather maps,
weather instruments, and other resources.
- Explore the wonders of weather from this group of
- This weather project explores some of the elements
that make up the weather and meteorology.
- This cross disciplinary unit provides ideas in the
following areas: math, science, reading and writing,
social studies, geography, art, music, drama, physical
education, field trips, classroom props, and
- Learn how a meteorologist forecasts the weather.
Learn about clouds, wind, and precipitation, and
discover how meteorologists use information from
barometric readings to forecast upcoming weather.
World of Weather
- This student project features information about
hurricanes, snow, thunderstorms, and tornadoes.
- Websites to Check the Current Weather
- General Weather Websites
- Check out the following 42eXplore topics
related to weather including (1) clouds,
and (5) wind.
There are also links at the following related topics
including (6) disaster,
warming, (10) polar
regions, and (11) water
- This website is a great starting point for links
and information about the weather.
- Within the About Site:
- 2) Weather for Kids http://kidscience.about.com/kids/kidscience/msub49.htm
- This website provides information about the
American Meteorological Society. It also contains
links and resources about careers in meteorology.
Resources are for older students.
- Other Sites for Advanced Students:
- 2) Center for Atmospheric Research
Severe Weather Page
- Learn about all aspects of weather.
- Within the Australia Severe Weather
- 2) Observation Weather Techniques http://australiasevereweather.com/techniques/index.html
- 3) Weather Photography http://australiasevereweather.com/photography/index.html
- This website contains current weather information
as well as articles and weather data.
- Explore the climates of the world. This website
has information and activities for different grade
levels related to the different climate regions.
- Other Climate Websites:
- 2) Climatic Extremes and Weather Events
- 3) World Climate
Resources in Weather and Climate
- Explore thematic pages on a dozen weather topics.
In addition, explore web resources on weather.
- Other Weather Links Sites:
- 2) Fun Internet Weather Links
- 4) Weather Hub
- 5) Weather Links
- This website sponsored by the Franklin Institute
contains weather activities, information, and web
- 2) Weather Activities http://www.fi.edu/weather/activity.html
Please Weather Page
- Explore weather disasters, climate, weather
extremes, meteorology and measurement, weather and
- The intellicast website contains weather forecasts
and satellite images.
- Within the Intellicast site:
- 2) Weather 101 http://www.intellicast.com/DrDewpoint/wx101/
- 3) Weather Q & A http://www.intellicast.com/DrDewpoint/Q_A/
A to Z
- This glossary projects text and audio information
- This guide from the University of Illinois
provides links to excellent resources for both
students and teachers. Topics include light and
optics, clouds and precipitation, forces and winds,
air masses and fronts, weather forecasting, severe
storms, hurricanes, el nino, and hydrologic
- Listen to music about weather topics.
- This site links to regions information for the
United States as well as International resources.
You'll also find specialized centers for particular
- Related Websites:
- 2) NOAA Central Library http://www.lib.noaa.gov/docs/education.html
- 3) NOAA Photo Library http://www.photolib.noaa.gov/
- Research Tools - Weather
- Explore a dozen articles on topics related to
- Within the website:
- 2) Weather Prediction http://teacher.scholastic.com/researchtools/articlearchives/weather/predict.htm
- Explore weather resources for all grades. Specific
resources are focuses on intermediate grades.
- Within the website:
- 2) A to Z Weather Glossary http://water.dnr.state.sc.us/climate/sercc/education/glossary/index.html
- 3) Weekly weather quiz http://water.dnr.state.sc.us/cgi-bin/sercc/wx-quiz.cgi
- This page contains current information and links
to many weather resources.
What Forces Affect Our Weather?
- Explore this Annenburg sponsored project on
weather including the atmosphere, the water cycle,
powerful storms, ice and water, forecasting, our
changing climate, and related resources.
- Explore world weather information and weather
features, weather people, educational materials, kid's
resources, and other information.
- Weather Folklore Websites
Lore Weather Forecasting
- Learn about weather forecasting using
- This website links to over 200 folklore
Folklore: How to Forecast Weather By
- Learn about how your can predict the weather by
Folklore from StormFax
- Explore a list of winter weatherlore and folklore
- Read an article about whether or not to believe
- Websites For Teachers
- This page contains links to educational materials
on the topic of weather.
Channel School: Weather Lessons
- This web page contains links to dozens of
weather-related lessons for grades K-5, 6-8, and
- This lesson for sixth graders provides
weather-related outcomes and activities.
- Explore projects related to the global
environment. Weather is one aspect of this
Does Convection Work in the Atmosphere?
- This lesson provides lots of weather
- Other weather lessons this website:
- 2) How to Read a Thermometer http://www.eecs.umich.edu/mathscience/funexperiments/agesubject/lessons/caps/thermometer.html
- 3) Collecting Weather Data
- 4) What is Heat Transfer?
- 5) What is Temperature?
Explorers Weather Calendar
- This website contains a 12 month calendar that can
be used to record weather information.
Sky, Many Voices
- This website provides resources for teachers in
teaching weather concepts.
- Explore a series of weather activities for grades
- Other weather lessons this website:
- 2) Weather Forecasting http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/fcst/home.rxml
- This lesson joins art and science. It contains
ideas for painting stormy scene.
Weather Thematic Unit
- This project contains a series of lessons for
fourth and fifth graders on the topic of weather.
- This website contains information, resources, and
lots of activities on weather.
- Explore five lesson ideas from the eduplace
website including tracking local weather, measuring
rainfall, weather pictures, and wind direction, and
Here and There
- This integrated weather unit incorporates Internet
and hands-on collaborative, problem solving activites
for grades four through six. This unit is divided into
six lessons including basic meteorological concepts
and studying weather maps.
- Learn how to predict weather for a four day
- Weather Folklore and Prediction
Online: Forecasting Folklore
- Learn about forecasting folklore. Student element
a saying, create a question, and design an experiment
to test it.
Folklore: Rhyme or Reason?
- Read weather rhymes and sayings that are part of
American folklore and write your own.
- Learn about weather proverbs.
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