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How Does the Role of Weather and Climate Affect Our Lives?

This module is being field tested and will be available to purchase fall 2018

How Does the Role of Weather and Climate Affect Our Lives?

How Does the Role of Weather and Climate Affect Our Lives? is part of Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, a brand new curriculum series by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. It is aligned to a group of grade 3 standards. It has a focus on Earth and space science with a secondary focus on engineering. In this module, students:

  • Record, analyze, and interpret data from weather reports to determine patterns in weather
  • Argue using evidence how common weather patterns over time determine an area’s climate
  • Obtain and communicate information on the advantages and disadvantages of roof designs from around the world
  • Plan and carry out an investigations to test how well roof designs solve the problem of precipitation
  • Make a claim about the climate in which certain structures should be built based on data
Lesson 1: Observing Weather Forecasts and Patterns

Weather Reporting: A weather reporting site where you can find current reports for your area

 

 

Lesson 3: Determining Weather Patterns

Past Weather Data: A weather data site where you can find past weather data

Weather Reporting: A weather reporting site where you can find current reports on your area

Additional weather reporting site

 

 

Lesson 4: Weather Maps

Temperature and Precipitation: Maps showing temperature and precipitation

Past Weather Data: A weather data site where you can find past weather data

Weather Interactive: Weather map showing movement

 

 

Lesson 5: Interview with a Meteorologist

Weather Forecast: A current 5-day weather forecast from your area

Weather Tools: Videos on weather tools

 

 

Lesson 6: Weather to Climate

What Is Climate?: A video showing the different between weather and climate

Past Weather Data: A weather data site where you can find past weather data

 

 

Lesson 8: Climate Zones of the World

Interactive Poster: Students can create an interactive poster using the tools found at this link

 

 

 

Lesson 10: Measuring Wind

Wind

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