#CelebrateWithDE – Weather Month

From deciding whether or not to bring an umbrella to school to thinking about meteorology as a career path, the weather matters to everyone! We’re certain your science scope and sequence includes the basics about weather appropriate to your grade level. So, we invite you to celebrate Weather Month by reviewing the instruments that help us measure it and then having a little fun with it by using some of our lesser-known resources.


Measuring Weather

Detail_of_Bede_ManuscriptWeather Smart: Forecasting and Weather Instruments
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades 3-5, Full Video

This program shows the basics of how weather forecasts are made. Students learn to understand the symbols that they see on weather maps in the media. Examines the tools and instruments used by meteorologists…and the names and functions of weather instruments.
 
Detail_of_Bede_ManuscriptWeather Instruments
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, Video Segment

Presents a dozen instruments used by meteorologists to study the weather. The instruments include the thermometer, hygrometer, wind vane, wind sock, anemometer, aerovane, sonic anemometer, barometer, rain gauge, transmissometer, ceilometer, and electric field mill.
 
Detail_of_Bede_ManuscriptWeather or Not
(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, Reading Passage

See how satellite maps can give information about global weather and climate.


Fun with Weather

Detail_of_Bede_ManuscriptThe Whaddaya Know Quiz Show: All About Weather
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, Game

So, what do you know about weather? Be one of the zany contestants on this game show and find out! Play against the computer or with your friends. See who can get the highest score!

Also try The Whaddaya Know Quiz Show: All About Weather II
(Canadian Version)

 
Detail_of_Bede_ManuscriptFoley Artists and Weather Effects
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Video Segment

Analyzes how sounds and environments are recreated for movies and television. Paula works with a Foley artist whose job it is to create sounds to connect with images on film. Also joins special guest Pemma as she experiences and learns about some of the techniques special effects crews use to create weather conditions on set.
 
Detail_of_Bede_ManuscriptLoop-De-Loop Glider
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

An Australian man does a vertical loop in a hang glider, and scientists explain the morning glory weather phenomenon.
 
Detail_of_Bede_ManuscriptAmerica’s Cup: Meteorology
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Follows a team of meteorologists as they collect weather data for the America’s Cup Yacht Race in Valencia, Spain. The segment explains the impact of weather during yacht racing competitions.


Virtual Field Trip Segment

Detail_of_Bede_Manuscript The Functions of NOAA
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Dr. Rick Spinrad, Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), summarizes NOAA’s functions and highlights the agency’s efforts to monitor the health of Earth’s ocean system.


Spotlight On Strategies

Make It Concrete
(Canadian Version)
All Services
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

This teaching strategy uses concrete, or shape, poems to allow students to demonstrate understanding. Students reflect on their learning and create a visual to represent something they have learned from a media resource. Have students create highly technical and accurate representations of a weather measurement tool or a more whimsical shape to reflect one of the fresh angles we took on weather and then write a poem to showcase new knowledge.

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