You can’t do anything about the weather—EXCEPT, that is, if you are a teacher designing weather-related instructional activities. Then you can build reading, writing, math, and science content and skills by integrating varied tech tool into evidence-based teaching strategies in PowerUp WHAT WORKS.
- Explore Natural Disasters to Build Reading and Writing.
There are many good websites about natural disasters appropriate for students in the elementary grades through high school; e.g., National Geographic, FEMA and the US. Government .
Strengthen reading comprehension of this content for struggling students by using ELA Teaching Strategies: Summarizing, Self-Questioning, and Visualizing.
Have students use the writing process (prewriting, drafting, and reviewing) to create a fictional narrative, a newspaper article, a report about a natural weather disaster, or a poem.
- Be Weather Forecaster to Develop Presentation Skills
Have your students play the role of a weather forecaster by gathering information from a free weather app, such as, Weather Underground, the Weather Channel, Yahoo Weather, AccuWeather, MyRadar, or Weather Wise.
Videotape your students taking turns playing the role of a TV weather forecaster. Build their use of new, weather-related terminology using varied activities in Quizlet. Use the teaching strategies in Presenting to guide your students’ skills.
- Build Your Own Weather Station to Connect Math and Science
Create six instruments to take scientific measurements of your local weather.
- Anemometer to Measure Wind Speed.
- Weather Vane to Find Wind Direction
- Barometer for Measuring Atmospheric Pressure
- Screened Thermometer to Measure Air Temperature
- Hygrometer to Measure Humidity
- Rain Gauge to Measure Rainfall
Check out Supporting Science to find ways to do calculations, as students design, experiments, gather data, analyze patterns, and share the results.