Students will learn a few key weather terminology and a variety of climates through examining and recording weather characteristics in a variety of communities around the world.
- newspapers with daily weather forecasts of cities all over the world OR weather internet sites (see below)
- graph paper
- Have each student pick a city that they would like to do their weather project on.
- Explain to students the following weather terms:
- Humidity- a measure of the water vapor content of the air, also known as relative humidity.
- Temperature- the degree of hotness or coldness measured bu a thermometer.
- Pressure- the force of the atmosphere, also known as barometric pressure and is measured in kilopascals.
- Visibility– the distance one can see horizontally.
- Every day (best to do it at the same time of day)students check the newspaper or the internet and record their city’s weather, looking specifically for the terms listed above.
- After two weeks of recording, have students graph their results for each weather term.
- Compare them with others in the class. What are some reasons for differences?
- Variation: Pick only a few cities to examine and graph the results on big class graphs (one for each term that you would like to be covered). Pick a different colour for each city and then compare them with each other.