Weather Report


Created by: nicolecote

Grade Level: 8-9

Activity Category: Weather

Resource Category: Hands-On Activities/Labs

Activity Description: Students will make their own weather report based on data they have received and be able to predict the weather in those areas for the next three days.

Time required to do activity:
More than one hour

Time required to set up:
Less than 15 minutes

Time required to clean up:
Less than 15 minutes

Space needs:
You may need room for the groups to videotape their weather reports or give them if audio visual equipment isn’t available.

Cost per class of 25 students:

Items needed and where to get them:
Posterboard and markers

Activity Instructions:
1. In class we will watch a few different weather reports and discuss what is happening in each of them and the types of information that is relayed to the audience.
2. Go to and do the weather simulation.
3. Groups will use the data given to create a chart and a weather map with symbols.
4. Write a script so you know what you are going to say on camera.
5. Practice, practice, practice!! It should be about 3 minutes in length.
6. Groups will have one week before their reports are due.

Standards Type: Local Standards

Standards Explained:
Standard: Understand and apply knowledge of the Earth’s atmospheric properties and how they influence weather and climate.
Benchmark: Global patterns of atmospheric movement influence local weather. Oceans have a major effect on climate because water in the oceans holds a large amount of heat.
Benchmark: Clouds, formed by the condensation of water vapor, affect weather and climate.

Standard: Select and use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze and interpret data.
Benchmark: The use of tools and techniques, including computers, will be guided by the questions asked and the investigations students design. Students should be able to access, gather, store, retrieve, and organize data, using computer hardware and software designed for these purposes.

Standard: Use evidence to develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models
Benchmark: Models are often used to think about processes that happen too slowly, too quickly, or on too small a scale to observe directly, or are too vast to be changed deliberately, or are potentially dangerous.

Class Management and Safety Issues:
Make sure your groups are tiered and have specific jobs.

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