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Curriculum
Weekly Weather Tracker
Grade: K-8
Subject(s): Database Building
Required products: Tool Factory Database
Materials
  • Tool Factory Database
    Overview
    Students track the daily temperature, cloud conditions, barometric pressure, wind speed, and precipitation. Create or use a database to track the daily information. Graph the results and make predictions of future weather conditions. Use a digital camera to log a visual record.
    Instructions
    1) Open Tool Factory Database and click on "Change a Database."
    2) Students open the "Weekly Weather Tracker" database.
    3) More fields can be added in the "Create Fields" mode. Students may also change the layout, background, font, etc.
    4) Students collect data using thermometers and other available scientific equipment and/or research current weather forecasts in the local newspaper.
    5) Data is then entered in "Enter Data" mode.
    6) Remind students to save their work often.
    7) Data collected in the database can be used in the school newspaper's weather forecast page.
    8) Once data has been collected for a period of time, use the graphing function of Tool Factory Database to graph trends in temperature, cloud conditions, barometric pressure, wind speed, and precipitation.
    Follow-up Activities
    Use Tool Factory Painter to make a graphic showing the weather conditions for the past week.
    Printable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Weekly Weather Tracker
    Downloadable Worksheets
    Mac users: To download, ctrl-click on the worksheet and choose "save link to disk"
  • Weekly Weather Tracker
    Correlation
    Choose your standard:
    McREL Technology Standard 2, Level 2 , #5: The student uses database software to add, edit, and delete records, and to find information for simple sort or search techniques.

    McREL Earth and Space Sciences 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.

    Level 2, #1: The student knows that the water exists in the air in different forms (e.g., in clouds and fog as tiny droplets; in rain, snow, and hail) and changes from one form to another through various processes (e.g. freezing, condensation, precipitation, evaporation).

    Level 3, #2: The student knows that the processes involved in the water cycle (e.g., evaporation, condensation, precipitation, surface run-off, percolation) and their effects on climatic patterns.