Unit 5E, Weather and Climate
Unit Project: Collecting and Presenting Weather Data
Are you a weather watcher? Build your own weather station. Construct weather instruments and collect weather data. See if you can forecast the weather!
Project Link 1 (Chapter 1, page E17)
Place a thermometer in different parts of your weather station. Then record the temperatures. Compare your temperature readings with other groups in your class. Discuss any differences you find. Finally, decide on the one best location for a thermometer.
Using a Thermometer
Miami Museum of Science: Reading a Thermometer
Miami Museum of Science: Observing Temperature
Miami Museum of Science: Graphing the Temperature
Energy Quest: Science Projects - Make a Thermometer
Recording the Temperature
Project Link 2 (Chapter 2, page E43)
Decide which of your barometers to place in the weather station. Then record air-pressure data. Place a weather vane, an anemometer, and a rain gauge in the weather station. Record data about wind direction, wind speed, and precipitation amounts.
It's a Breeze: How Air Pressure Affects You
Science Learning Network: Wind Vane
Science Learning Network: Anemometer
Miami Museum of Science: Measure Rainfall
NASA: For Kids Only--Air Pressure
Recording Air Pressure
Recording Wind Direction
Recording Wind Speed
Recording Precipitation Amounts
Project Link 3 (Chapter 3, page E59)
Measure weather conditions and make weather predictions based on the data you collect. Make predictions with your small group first. Then discuss your findings and agree on a class forecast.
United States Weather
Internet Weather Source
Project Link 4 (Chapter 4, page E80)
Use your weather station to collect data through several seasons.