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Weather Jeopardy Made 4 Elementary
PowerPoint - A great way to review weather concepts: clouds, water cycle, weather vocab. etc.
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Build Your Own Weather Station open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will design and construct a rain gauge, barometer, anemometer, psychrometer, and wind vane using the materials of their choice.
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/activities/weatherstation/
Grade Level(s): 6-8, 9-12

Climate open in new window
Lesson Plan
This lesson explains what climate is and why it's related to weather. It explains how weather is a series of atmospheric phenomenon and climate is a record of the various phenomenons. The Climate lesson also looks at seven different regional climates in the continental United States. Each climate is given it's own page discussing its location and characteristics.
http://weathereye.kgan.com/cadet/climate/teachers.html
Grade Level(s): 3-5, 6-8

Flash Flood! open in new window
Lesson Plan
This lesson explains floods and flash floods. The About Floods page explains the difference between floods and flash floods, and why flash floods occur. The Flood Types page explores some of the different types of floods that occur. There is an online quiz that lets students match the picture of the flood type with the written description.
http://weathereye.kgan.com/cadet/flood/teacher.html
Grade Level(s): 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Forecasting open in new window
Lesson Plan
The forecasting lesson explains forecasting the weather, and gives little tricks to forecast the weather.
http://weathereye.kgan.com/cadet/forecast/teachers.html
Grade Level(s): 1-2, 3-5

Global Warming open in new window
Lesson Plan
Global Warming is an interactive online lesson that will educate students about this highly debated environmental issue. Students will be given the chance to research global warming with global warming web sites linked to our lesson. Then students can put their knowledge to the test with either a classroom debate on global warming, or a written essay about the effects.
http://weathereye.kgan.com/expert/warming/teachers.html
Grade Level(s): 9-12

Lightning open in new window
Lesson Plan
Lightning is an interactive lesson that teaches kids about the weather phenomenon lightning and thunder. The lesson explains the science behind lightning and thunder, covers lightning safety rules, has experiments dealing with electrical attraction, and has an online quiz to check student's knowledge.
http://weathereye.kgan.com/cadet/lightning/teachers.html
Grade Level(s): 6-8

Living Landscapes: Are You a Disaster? open in new window
Lesson Plan
In this lesson, students will compare the impact of different types of disasters on the lives of the people affected by them.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/15/g35/
Grade Level(s): 3-5

Mountain Barriers open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will understand the following: 1. When new mountains rise, the climate in an area changes. 2. Desert conditions can be caused by the uplift of a mountain range that creates a barrier that blocks off rain to an area. 3. Geographical change in an area causes changes in the animal and plant life of the area.
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/mtbarrier/
Grade Level(s): 6-8

Stormy Weather open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will understand the following: 1. Static electricity is the cause of lightning. 2. Lightning forms because of an accumulation of electrical charges inside a cloud due to friction from dust, ice, and water droplets. 3. The bottom of a cloud becomes negatively charged and discharges a lightning strike when enough charge has built up.
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/lightning/
Grade Level(s): 6-8

Student Activities in Meteorology open in new window
Lesson Plan
Series of ten classroom science activities on meteorology and atmospheric science.
http://www.fsl.noaa.gov/visitors/education/sam1/SAM_Contents.html
Grade Level(s): 6-8

Student Activities in Meteorology II open in new window
Lesson Plan
Series of six classroom science activities on meteorology and atmospheric science.
http://www.fsl.noaa.gov/visitors/education/samii/SAM_II_Contents.html
Grade Level(s): 6-8, 9-12

The Big Wet open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will understand the following: 1. The northernmost areas in Australia are characterized by a climate known as “tropical wet and dry.” The temperatures are always warm, with a six-month dry season and a long rainy season known as “the big wet.” 2. Other areas in the world have similar climates.
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/thebigwet/
Grade Level(s): 6-8

The Cloud Case open in new window
Lesson Plan
The Cloud Case is an interactive online lesson about how clouds form through the principles of condensation and evaporation. The lesson is written around an experiment that the student can perform, or can watch being performed, that will illustrate the ideas of the lesson.
http://weathereye.kgan.com/cadet/cloudless/teachers.html
Grade Level(s): 3-5, 6-8

The Disaster Spot open in new window
Lesson Plan
There are two lessons contained in the Disaster Spot. The first is about various natural disasters. The second lesson covers ways to protect and prepare for natural disasters.
http://weathereye.kgan.com/cadet/disaster/teachers.html
Grade Level(s): Preschool, K, 1-2

Understanding Weather open in new window
Lesson Plan
Explore the greenhouse effect and global warming.
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/weather/
Grade Level(s): 6-8

Weather Maps open in new window
Lesson Plan
Students will do the following: 1. Understand basic information about weather 2. Learn about different types of weather maps 3. Create and present national weather maps showing different conditions
http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/weathermaps/
Grade Level(s): 3-5, 4-6

Weather Coloring Books open in new window
Printable
A series of printable coloring books for children who want to learn more about weather.
http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/edu/bm/
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5

JetStream - An Online Weather School open in new window
Resource Site
The information contained in JetStream is arranged by subject; beginning with global and large scale weather patterns followed by lessons on air masses, wind patterns, cloud formations, thunderstorms, lightning, hail, damaging winds, tornadoes, tropical storms, cyclones and flooding. Interspersed in JetStream are "Learning Lessons" which can be used to enhance the educational experience.
http://www.srh.weather.gov/jetstream/
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Past Weather Statistics open in new window
Resource Site
A roundup of NOAA Web sites that contain archived weather information.
http://www.noaa.gov/pastweather.html
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Weather Wiz Kids open in new window
Resource Site
Website designed by a meteorologist especially for kids to allow them to learn more about the fascinating world of weather.
http://www.weatherwizkids.com
Grade Level(s): K, 1-2, 3-5


 




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