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Curriculum
Today's Weather
Grade: K-8
Subject(s): Earth and Space Science
Required products: Tool Factory Word Processor
Materials
  • Local newspaper
  • Notes from television or radio forecast
  • Digital camera (optional)
  • Tool Factory Word Processor
    Overview
    Students research the weather forecast and use Tool Factory Workshop to create a picture or diagram of the day's or week's weather forecast for the school newspaper.
    Instructions
    1) Students open "Today's Weather" worksheet, which may serve as an example and/or a template. Instruct student to save the worksheet as their own.
    2) Using the graphics in Tool Factory Word Processor in the "Weather Maps" category of the image bank, students design their own forecast of the upcoming week's weather to be included in the school's newspaper.
    3) Student should make sure to label each picture with the appropriate day of the week, and then type in their forecast to accompany each picture.
    4) Photos may be added from the bank and/or the hard drive.
    5) Remind students to save their work.
    6) Open the "US Weather Map" worksheet. This is an example of a national weather map that students may create by using the maps and clip art banks in Tool Factory Word Processor.
    7) Direct students to save the worksheet as their own and make the changes necessary to represent the current national weather situation. Students may also create a new document and assemble their own weather map.
    Printable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Today's Weather
  • U.S. Weather Map
    Downloadable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Today's Weather
  • U.S. Weather Map
    Weblinks
  • Weather On-line
  • National Weather Service
  • CNN Weather
    Correlation
    Choose your standard:
    McREL Earth and Space Sciences Standard 1: The student understands atmospheric processes and the water cycle.

    Level 1, #1: The student knows that short-term weather conditions (e.g., temperature, rain, snow) can change daily, and weather patterns change over the seasons.

    McREL Environment and Society Standard 15: The student understands how physical systems affect human systems.

    Level 2, #3: The student knows the ways in which human activities are constrained by the physical environment (e.g., effects of weather, climate and land forms on agriculture, recreational activities, availability of water, expansion of settlement).