Observe and annotate various images of weather phenomena in this interactive drawing tool produced by WGBH. Weather is the combination of various factors—snow or rain, wind, sunlight and clouds, and temperature—that happens in a specific location at a specific time. As the combination of factors constantly shifts, the condition changes and leaves behind evidence that shows how the weather has changed. Students can use the images in this interactive tool to observe weather conditions and document evidence of weather that happened earlier in the day.
Explore how weather can change during snowstorms in this slideshow produced by WGBH. The images show the progression of snowstorms from a light flurry, to steady snow, to a blizzard, to conditions after a storm ends. Students can use the images in the slideshow to identify and describe the characteristics of each condition of the storm and compare conditions throughout the storm.
To view the Background Essay, Student Activity, Teaching Tips, and Non-Visual (NV) supports for this slideshow, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.
Students can make and annotate weather observations with this interactive drawing tool produced by WGBH. The resulting images can be downloaded, printed, saved, and shared. Students can use the documentation of their firsthand observations to communicate data about their local weather patterns, and—overtime—to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
Students learn about four factors that describe different types of weather—temperature, wind, precipitation, and sunlight and clouds—as they explore various weather conditions and find evidence that describes each type of weather in this interactive lesson by WGBH. Interactive activities engage students as they observe and identify evidence of changing weather conditions and record factors evident in various types of weather.
In this interactive game, children are prompted to help the animals get dressed for each season. The earth changes with each season, and children can enjoy and learn from these changes. Observing the ways in which these changes take place can be a wonderful tool to introduce concepts such as evaluation and very basic problem solving.
This resource is a list of teaching ideas for activities to teach your students about the seasons.
This lesson is the first in a two-part series on the weather. The purpose of this lesson is to help students understand how the weather changes some from day to day. Students should already be familiar with patterns. This lesson requires students to relate what they learn about weather to what they already know about patterns. Students first look at simple patterns in non-weather related phenomena. Then they identify and record several weather parameters to analyze for patterns. Part of the analysis is the construction of simple bar graphs. It is important that students be able to make a graph.
This lesson is the second in a two-part series on the weather. The purpose of this lesson is to help students understand how weather can change from season to season. In this lesson, students focus on things such as temperature and rain (or snow) and how they tend to be high, low, or medium in the same months every year. Students identify the seasonal patterns in temperature and precipitation.