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|Weather Game Information|
Recommended Grade Levels: 4-9 (ages 10-15)
Run Time: If students do all three weather symbol maps and all three prediction scenarios, it will take approximately 30 minutes. However, if you are looking for a shorter activity, you could use these as introductions to class. The weather symbol activities take 3-5 minutes each and the prediction activities take 5-10 minutes each.
Story Line: Ms Weatherhead works for WHED and we are minutes away from the weather broadcast and all the computers have gone down! It is the student's job to rebuild the weather symbol maps and predict the weather for tomorrow - and they have a limited amount of time to do it! Students will place appropriate weather symbols on three increasingly difficult maps. They can then go to the prediction side and predict the weather in an area of the country with one front, two fronts or three fronts. Students will use multiplication, critical thinking and knowledge of the weather to succeed at this game. If they predict the weather and build the maps correctly, they will receive a golden mug from a grateful Ms. Weatherhead. If they fail, they will be given an application to apply for a job at a competing station's weather team!
Technical: This is a Flash game, so you will need the Puffin Academy Browser if you are going to play this game on a mobile device. We also recommend having ear buds to play the activity in class or in public areas. Speakers are fine for home use.
Educational Standards: (this will be updated to Common Core and NGSS soon)
1. Describe weather by measurable quantities such as temperature, wind direction, wind speed, precipitation and barometric pressure.
2. Record local weather information on a calendar or map and describe changes over a period of time (e.g., barometric pressure, temperature, precipitation symbols and cloud conditions).
3. Trace how weather patterns generally move from west to east in the United States.
1. Make simple weather predictions based on the changing cloud types associated with frontal systems.
2. Determine how weather observations and measurements are combined to produce weather maps and that data for a specific location are one point in time can be displayed in a station model.
3. Read a weather map to interpret local, regional and national weather.
1. Analyze a series of events and/or simple daily or seasonal cycles, describe the patterns and infer the next likely occurrence.
1. Formulate predictions and justify predictions based on cause and effect relationships.
1. Water moves in the air from one place to another in the form of clouds or fog, which are tiny droplets of water or ice, and falls to the Earth as rain, hail, sleet, or snow.
2. How to use weather maps and weather forecasts to predict local weather, and that prediction depends on many changing variables.
1. Differences in pressure, heat, air movement and humidity result in changes of weather.
1. Position is defined relative to some choice of standard reference point and a set of reference directions.
2. Average speed is the total distance traveled divided by the total time elapsed. The speed of an object along the path traveled can vary.
3. How to solve problems involving distance, time, and average speed.
4. To describe the velocity of an object one must specify both direction and speed.