What Can You Do About the Weather?

Instructional Strategies: 
Supporting Science

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. 

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.


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