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Instructional Materials in Weather & Climate

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Weather and Climate. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.

Air Quality Theme Page

Clouds Theme Page

El NiñoTheme Page

Blizzards & SnowTheme Page

Floods Theme Page

Global Warming/Climate Change Theme Page

Hurricanes Theme Page

LightningTheme Page

Ozone Depletion Theme Page

TornadoesTheme Page

Water Quality Theme Page

General Weather and Climate Resources

Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to Weather and Climate. Please read our disclaimer.

AskERIC Lesson Plans - Science: Earth Science
There are a number of lessons on weather within this general earth science collection.

Bizarre Stuff You Can Make In Your Kitchen
This site is an ever growing warehouse of the kinds of projects some of the more demented of us tried as young people, collecting in one place many of the classic, simple science projects that have become part of the collective lore of amateur science. It is a sort of warped semi-scientific cookbook of tricks, gimmicks, and pointless experimentation, concoctions, and devices, using, for the most part, things found around the house. These are the classics. Strange goo, radios made from rusty razor blades, crystal gardens... amateur mad scientist stuff. If you happen to learn something in the process, consider yourself a better person for it.

Earth and Space Science
About 10 brief lesson plans in weather for elementary level students from CanTeach.

Especially Elementary
Three lessons on weather for elementary students.

This instructional unit is part of the "Science With OAR" web site developed by the University of South Alabama. It consists of explanatory sections on weather forecasting, student activity assignments, and links to other sites where students can collect the data to answer the questions.

Gathering Weather Information
A six day teaching unit in which students gather weather data from the internet and use them to predict weather patterns.

How the Weatherworks: Activities, Experiments and Investigations
Four activities that can be used to study the sky and clouds.

Use the keyword search engine on this home page of the National web site to retrieve weather/climate resources from their database (keyword = "climate" will produce more hits, but try keyword = "weather" as well). Caution: not all of the lesson plans may be what you're looking for and you'll get more than just lesson plans with the keyword search.

[The] Sky's the Limit
Each month, IBM provides a new set of Internet activities focused around a specific theme for a targeted range of grade levels. This link is to a unit in which grade 5-9 students use the Internet to research clouds, rainbows, and other weather related phenomena found in the sky.

Understanding World Climates
A two week teaching unit for grade 5 students who start by learning the basic reference points and grids used on the earth and end with a beginning knowledge of world climates. Student activities include mapping reference points and climate zones, constructing climographs, solving climograph locations' mysteries, constructing rainfall isolines, and writing and illustrating mini notebooks of the controls of climate.

This page within Houghton Mifflin's Education Place Web Site has four extension activities for primary students: Tracking Local Weather, Measuring Rainfall, Wind Direction, and Wind Observation.

[The] Weather Dude
A weather page especially for kids, parents and teachers from Seattle's KSTW-TV. There are links to explanations of weather terminology, links to teacher/parent resource materials on weather and other sciences, and links to resource materials where kids can learn more about weather and other sciences.


The Nebraska Earth Science Education Network (NESEN) has collected about 30 lesson plans , organized by age groups, in meteorology from NESEN teachers.

Weather: The Final Front
Here's a meta-list of links to pages of weather activities/lessons designed for K-12 students and teachers by a Northern Ontario Consortium. Their categories of weather lessons include: air, atmosphere, climate, interpreting the weather, precipitation, water cycle, and weather in general.

Weather Here and There
A six lesson integrated weather unit incorporating Internet interaction and collaborative problem solving for students in Grades 4-6 (Math, Science, Geography, and Language arts).

Weather or Not: Here I Come
The New Jersey Networking Infrastructure in Education Project provides this lesson plan in which students collect data for weather and marine reports.

[The] Weather Unit
This interdisciplinary Weather Unit, intended for students in Grades 2-4, has lessons and activities that can be implemented in various subjects (math, science, reading & writing, social studies, geography, art, music, drama, physical education).

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