MySci Unit 15 – Observing Weather Patterns (PREVIEW)

 

 

Earth and Space Systems: 
Seasons, Water Cycles, Climate, Hazardous Weather

How does daily weather determine the climate of a region? Collecting and recording weather data over time (from student made gauges), the students analyze and predict weather patterns.


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MySci Unit 15 Preview

Suggested grade level: 3rd

29 pages
2017-2018 edition

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  • Margaret Powers

    Instead of the cardstock, stiff cardboard would be needed for the students cut to the size of the gauge.

    • skyler wiseman

      Thank you for the suggestion. How stiff of cardboard can 3rd graders cut? As you work with your students this quarter, please let us know what you did use and how it worked. Sky

    • skyler wiseman

      Teachers, please let us know if the changes we made to the materials work better. Thanks for the input!

  • cwelch@hazelwoodschools.org

    Please add some stiff cardboard for the anemometers. If it can be cut close to the size of the gauge that would be great. The paper plates will be too flimsy.

    • skyler wiseman

      Thank you for the suggestion. We will take it in consideration for the next round of kit improvement. As you work with your students this quarter, please let us know what you did use and how it worked. Sky

  • cwelch@hazelwoodschools.org

    For lesson 1, can more websites be added for weather reports.

  • cwelch@hazelwoodschools.org

    I was looking this morning and I found the weatherwizkids.com/weather-forecasting. I am going to play around with it and see if that will work. If so, we can use it during training.

  • Susan Gentry

    Directions for determining wind directions are not clear, on page 5. Has anyone made this? If so, would you explain.

  • Susan Gentry

    Can someone who piloted this kit clear up page 5 about wind. It seems there are some directions missing between wind vane and anemometer.

    • skyler wiseman

      Let me know if the above comments helped.

  • skyler wiseman

    Susan, Hopefully, your comments will show up on here soon. Let me clear up the wind vane/anemometer issue. The wind vane, which determines direction the wind is blowing is nearly a piece of the red yarn (6inches or so) toed to a student pencil. Then , using the enclosed compasses the students take their pencil wind wanes outside and determine which the direction the wind is blowing from. help them realize that if the yarn is is flowing to the east, then the wind is coming from the west.
    The anemometer is more complex, and the directions should be included on pages iii and iv in the appendix. If they are still unclear, please let me know and we will try and rewrite them. Thnaks, SKy

  • Susan Gentry

    I found a website with an interactive thermometer. When you change the temperature, it shows what that temperature would be like.

    http://www.mathsisfun.com/measure/thermometer.html

  • Skyler Beth Wiseman

    Check out the bulletin board from Granneman (Hazelwood)