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earth science

Virtual Weather Wise

Explore atmospheric phenomena and learn how scientists predict weather.

About the lab

Learners will use real data and observations to make their own weather forecast and understand the difference between weather and climate, using accurate terminology and vocabulary.

  • Grades: 3-5
  • Capacity: Up to 35 students
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Live via Zoom or Google Meet
  • Offered Tuesdays through Fridays at a flexible time based on your schedule
  • Cost: $100
  • Materials: Students will need these common items
    • Lined notebook paper or graph paper
    • Pencil or pen
    • Empty plastic bottle (optional)

Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • Systems and system models
  • Energy and matter
  • Stability and change

Disciplinary core ideas:

ESS2.C: Weather and climate
PS1.A: Structure and properties of matter
ESS3.C: Earth and human activity

Lab goals

Students will:

  • Understand the difference between weather and climate.
  • Explore how forecasters use science to make predictions and learn about the tools scientists use to predict weather.
  • Use data, observations and technology to make a weather prediction.
  • Actively engage in inquiry-based science investigation.
  • Share Learning Lab-generated thoughts/ideas/questions with peers and program facilitators.
  • Work collaboratively with peers.
  • Observe and analyze weather predictions using scientific tools.
  • Practice 21st-century science and technology skills using online resources.
  • Communicate using accurate terminology/vocabulary.