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How Can We Be Ready for Weather?

How Can We Be Ready for Weather?

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How Can We Be Ready for Weather? 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 kindergarten standards. It has a focus on earth and space science with a secondary focus on physical science and engineering. In this module, students:

  • Use models to carry out investigations and determine the causes of weather phenomena
  • Use observations to construct evidence-based explanations of weather-related phenomena caused by different combinations of weather variables (e.g., wind, precipitation, sunlight, and temperature)
  • Record and analyze data to identify patterns of the variability in temperature, precipitation, sunlight, and weather-related hazards associated with particular locations and times
  • Develop questions based on weather forecast data to anticipate potential problems storms may cause for objects and living things
  • Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information from multiple sources to develop plans to mitigate weather-related risks of injury and damage to humans and property

Below are digital resources that support teaching of this module. 

Lesson 1: Mysterious Moisture

Ada Asks Introduction
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This file introduces the phenomenon of a tree that is wet on one side and dry on the other side.

Wet on One Side
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This file shows a picture of a tree that is wet on one side and dry on the other side.

Lesson 2: What Is Weather?

Types of Rainy Weather
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This file shows two images side by side. One is a child outside in rainy weather, and one is a road with mist.

Types of Windy Weather
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This file shows two images side by side. One is a family flying a kite on a beach, and one is an umbrella and leaves being blown by a gust of wind.

Types of Sunny Weather
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This file shows two images side by side. One is a bright Sun, and one is sunbursts through clouds.

Lesson 3: Making Sense with Models

Lesson 3 Materials Set 1
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This file shows an image of the materials that students use to construct their first model.

Lesson 3 Materials Set 2
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This file shows an image of the materials that students use to construct their second model.

Lesson 4: Never the Right Outfit

Temperature Data Story
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This file is a story about Ada’s day.

Lesson 5: What are you Wearing?

Preparing for Weather Card Game Rules
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This file contains the rules for the weather card game.

Lesson 6: Stormy Weather

Thunderstorm (0:10 minutes)
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This video shows a thunderstorm with thunder and lightning. You will need speakers for this video.

Hurricane (0:25 minutes)
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This video shows a hurricane with high winds and rain.

Tornado (0:06 minutes)
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This video shows a tornado.

Blizzard (0:10 minutes)
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This video shows people trying to walk in a blizzard.

Storm Smart
This simulation shows the hazards associated with different types of storms and provides options for how someone could prepare for each storm. This simulation is a prototype for field testing. It works best on Firefox. If you are using a different browser and see a black screen, try refreshing the browser.

Lesson 7: Here Comes the Sun!

Ada Asks Melting Hail
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This file introduces the phenomenon of a sunny spot with no hail and a shady spot with hail.

Melting Hail Model
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This video shows how ice under a lamp and ice not under a lamp change over time.

Lesson 7 Materials
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This file shows the materials for Lesson 7.

Lesson 8: Come to My Tree House!

Ada Asks Letter
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This file shows a letter from Ada inviting friends to spend a day in her tree house.

Lesson 8 Materials
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This file shows the materials for Lesson 8.

Lesson 9: Let’s Hit the Trail! Part 1

Ada Asks Science Challenge
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This file introduces the challenge of helping Ada prepare for a hiking trip.

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