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TeachNet NYC: Lesson Plans
Forecast the National Weather

Collecting Weather Data

Purpose of the Project:

Each students collects weather data from five locations within their chosen state.  Weather station models are created from data. All station models are drawn onto a US wall map. Isobars are drawn and weather patterns are studied. Closed captioning is used for students' weather forecasts.

Standards Addressed by This Unit:

Data interpretation

Data representation

Content - Meteorology

Software Materials Used:

Internet Browser

Internet connection

keywords:

Weather weather forecasting fronts isobars isotherms temperature pressure dewpoint visibility humidity precipitation

students:

Students should have knowledge of weather: fronts, types, relationships, forecasting, symbols, isobars and isotherms.

Overall Value:

Students forecast the weather just as Television weather people do.

They collect real weather data from their choice state and combine it with the entire class on a large US wall map. This map is used as the backdrop for the weather forecast.

Tips for teacher implementation:

Use a n overhead of a US map. Project it from a distance onto large paper taped to the wall. Trace the image.

Edward Colley teaches science at Murry Bergtraum High School in Manhattan.  He is a TeachNet Mentor.

Class periods to complete: 6

Grade Level: 9-12

 

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