Weather Resources

4th & 5th Grade Student Research Resources - Weather
Air & Wind (Theme Cluster) - Science Museum of Minnesota - Air Cluster's a collection of Thinking Fountain cards developed with Museum Magnet School classes studying air and wind.
Athena, Earth and Space Science for K-12 - Athena engages students in observing natural phenomena using remote-sensed data to learn about the earth and sky. Here students can study ocean currents by tracking the movements of drift buoys, follow the progress of hurricanes and tropical storms from space, monitor earthquake activity with seismographic data from around the globe, or keep track of weather in space. Plenty more too!
Climate Change - What is "Climate Change?" Is it just about global warming? What are the factors that create it? What are greenhouse gases? Why does a single degree make a big difference? The "Climate Change" website explores the above questions and more, with an online discussion, fact sheets and other resources, students of the environment should not miss this site.
Cloud Clues - Read about how clouds form (water cycle), types of clouds ( cumulus, cumulonimbus, cirrus and stratus ), and how clouds can predict the weather.An interactive quiz on the material follows. (Created by Pattie Knox for the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission's "Educator's Flight Plan")
Climate Diagnostics Center || Climate Diagnostics Center - Interactive Web Tools 
Cloud Quest - WebQuest - Is your head in the clouds? Today you're going to become cloud crazy! You have been hired as a meteorologist for Katonah Elementary School. You will become an expert on different types of white puffs in the sky. Your job is to complete a Cloud Catalog. It will consist of three drawings of different types of clouds along with a brief description of each. You will also need to answer some general questions about clouds.

Clouds - Outstanding teacher resources from 42eXplore: Thematic Pathfinders part of the EduScapes.com site

Clouds at Wild Weather - This site has good info on clouds as well as links to additional cloud sites.

Clouds Theme Page - This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of clouds. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.
Curricular Resources in Weather and Climate - CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Weather and Climate.
 
Dan's Wild Weather Page - Prepared by a television-station meteorologist for children aged, 6 - 16. Presents weather in a simple, fun & friendly manner. Basic information on tornadoes, hurricanes, temperature, & humidity as well as links to lessons.
 
Educational Resources for Climate
Franklin's Forecast - Create your own weather station, learn about lightning, etc.
Gander Academy's Weather Theme Pages - a great wealth of resources from all over the Web including Weather, Clouds, Tornadoes, Weather Information, Hurricanes
Globe Program - GLOBE is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program. It is a cooperative effort of schools, led in the United States by a Federal interagency program supported by NASA, NSF and the U.S. State Department, in partnership with colleges and universities, state and local school systems, and non-government organizations. Internationally, GLOBE is a partnership between the United States and over 100 other countries.  
Hotlist: Weather Science

Hurricane Hunters - The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the Hurricane Hunters of the Air Force Reserve, is one-of-a-kind: the only Department of Defense organization flying into tropical storms and hurricanes on a routine basis. At this site, you can take a cyberflight into the eye of a hurricane.

Hurricane Storm Center - Includes weather instruments and a teacher's guide
 
Hurricane - Outstanding teacher resources from 42eXplore: Thematic Pathfinders part of the EduScapes.com site
Hurricanes Theme Page - This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of Hurricanes. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.
 
Instructional Materials in Weather - CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Weather and Climate.

KidInfo.com - Weather

KidsClick! Forecasts (Weather) - Resources selected by librarians for kids.
 
KidsClick! Weather - Meteorology - Resources selected by librarians for kids.
 
Kids Web - Weather
Let's Weather The Weather Together! - WebQuest - An Internet Sampler on Weather
 
Lightning Photography - Over 75 photographs of lightning strikes by Dave 'stormguy' Crowley. He also offers photography and safety tips.
Lightning Theme Page - CLN (Community Learning Networks) Theme Pages are a mix of links providing curricular content (information, tutorials, lessons) with web sites that offer instructional materials (lesson plans, advice for teachers, tips).
 
Meteorological Field Trips - Field trips dealing with weather.
 
NASA-Athena Curricula Weather - NASA's ATHENA Earth and Space Science Program for K-12 is a joint project to develop curricular and resource material using geophysical and other data sets acquired via Internet and to prepare this curricular and resource material to form part of the presently developing science, math, and technology curricula. Includes sections on weather, oceans, space, earth and more .
NASA's Observatorium: Hurricanes - 
National Weather Service
 
SCOUT: Weather || Project Explorer: Weather || Project Explorer Teacher Designed Weather Units for Grades K-6 - Weather Units and information developed by the ASU West College of Education
 
Science Resources for Elementary Classrooms: Weather - from Internet4Classrooms an outstanding resource!
 
Sky Math
 
Snow - Outstanding teacher resources from 42eXplore: Thematic Pathfinders part of the EduScapes.com site
 
Strike - This site has pictures of what the owner advertises as the "closest 12 stroke lightning strike ever caught on video" as well as background information on the event. Included are also other pictures from professional stormchasers and MANY excellent links to related sites.
 
Topic Index - Weather - From USA Today, weather topics from A to Z.
 
Tornadoes - Outstanding teacher resources from 42eXplore: Thematic Pathfinders part of the EduScapes.com site
 
Tornadoes Theme Page - This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of Tornadoes. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. 
 
Twister! Understanding -- and Surviving -- Tornadoes - Whether you live in "Tornado Alley" or not, spring brings to your state the increased possibility of a deadly tornado. Are you prepared? This week, Education World helps you learn about the meteorological events that signal the possibility of a tornado and what safety measures you and your students can take to survive.
 
United States Weather Pages - Weather information for the United States, searchable by zip code or location, among other options. The home page has severe weather statements; links to an almanac; a glossary with definitions of meteorological terms, such as dew point and transit; an event planner with predictions of probable conditions at future dates; and a very useful QuickCast feature which gives detailed information for specific locations. This includes current temperature, precipitation, wind speed, the National Weather Service forecast, radar and satellite maps, and sun and moon rise and set times and phases.
 
USA Today Weather
Water on the Web - Wonderful World of Water - This web site has been designed to enableK-5 teachers to easily access science resources. We have gathered an assortment of background information and lesson plans to help facilitate instruction of the concept of water. The selected lesson plans and web sites cover a variety of topics ranging from the characteristics of water to the pollution of water. Includes: What is Water? || Why is Water Important? || What is the Water Cycle? || How Can We Save Our Water? Water Cycle Diagram Label Me! Printout Weather - Outstanding teacher resources from 42eXplore: Thematic Pathfinders part of the EduScapes.com site
Weather and You - Site was created by preservice teachers in the Education Department at University of Richmond. Welcome to our web site all about the weather. This site is designed to teach elementary school students about different aspects of the weather including: different weather phenomena, instruments which measure the weather, and how weather occurs. There are also pages with different activities and links to other sites about the weather. OUTSTANDING RESOURCES!
 
Weather and Climate page - CLN (Community Learning Networks) Theme Pages are a mix of links providing curricular content (information, tutorials, lessons) with web sites that offer instructional materials (lesson plans, advice for teachers, tips).
 
Weather - Librarians' Index to the Internet
 
Weather WebQuest for Kids - WebQuest - Includes lessons and worksheets for: The Water Cycle || Cloud Types and Formation || Local Weather || Weather Across the USA || Climate. When you are done take an online interactive Weather Quiz! OUTSTANDING RESOURCE!!!
 
Hotlist: Weather Science - from the Science Learning Network (SLN) an online community of educators, students, schools, science museums and other institutions demonstrating a new model for inquiry science education.
 
WeatherNet || Weather Net - Forecasts, weather software, satellite imagery, weather maps. You can pull up a radar or satellite image of any location in the world from this site! Did you ever get up in the morning and wonder what the weather was like on the other side of the world? Go here and you can find out.
Weather One - Lessons for elementary students about clouds, seasons, air pressure, winds, global warming, and violent weather. Another OUTSTANDING site from the University of Illinois Extension.
Weather - Search Curriculum Results - Utah Education Network's weather resources
 
Weather Sites
 
Weather Theme
 
Weather Underground
 
Weather Unit - An integrated weather unit which incorporates interaction with the Internet and hands-on collaborative, problem solving activities for students in grades four through six. This unit is divided into six lessons which integrate math, science, geography, and language arts in the process of teaching and learning about weather phenomena. 
 
Weather Unit || Weather Unit - An interdisciplinary unit. Site with lesson plans according to subject (math, science, Reading & Writing, Social Studies, Geography, Geography, Art , Music, Drama, Physical Education, Field Trips, and more.
WeatherEye
Weather Webquest - WebQuest - Congratulations!  You have been chosen for the Housing Explorer Team for the new frontier colonies.  Your mission is to explore the weather for your specific colony. You will be making suggestions to the Housing Council as to what type of house should be built in your colony. Since two colony sites have been chosen, we will have two teams.  Check with the president of the council (the teacher) for your team assignment. Then follow your team's instruction.
Weather WebQuest - WebQuest - Fifth grade students' Science curriculum includes a goal that states "the learner will build an understanding of weather and climate". This is a comprehensive webquest designed to be used over a period of days or teachers may choose to focus on only one area.
 
What Forces Affect Our Weather - "If you don't like the weather, just wait a minute." Another information rich site from the CPB/Annenberg Learner Online Exhibits Collection showcases one of America's favorite topics -- the weather. The beauty of this site is that it walks the user through the subject material in a way that emphasizes the interconnectedness of meteorological phenomenon. Starting with The Atmosphere, the site then takes users through the following topics: The Water Cycle, Powerful Storms, Ice and Snow, Forecasting, Our Changing Climate, and finally, Related Resources. Throughout the exhibit, links to topically related pages from other notable sites together with hands-on activities help users learn first-hand how wind chill factor works or how it might feel to be a storm chaser. The final resource list links to dozens of weather-related option.
Where in the World is Cynthia San Francisco - An internet based interactive weather project that challenges students to solve the crime of the century using weather clues. Includes activities to teach concepts and links to other weather sites.
 
Winter Storm Resource Center - From the University of Illinois Extension
 
WebQuest: Wonderful Web Weather - WebQuest - You are investigators working for The Center for Accuracy on the Internet. Your boss has instructed you to do a study on some of the various weather forecasts on the web. Your mission is to study how accurate those forecasts are, and identify which ones are the best and the worst. Are you up to the challenge?

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Updated 06/17/2005