Brush up on your weather knowledge at How Weather Works from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Earth’s atmosphere, air pressure, precipitation, wind, and storms are covered in this series of informational texts on weather from How Stuff Works. How Meteorology Works discusses the scientific study of the atmosphere to understand present and future weather.
At Severe Weather 101 from the National Severe Storms Laboratory, learn more about thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, hail, damaging winds and winter weather.
PBS Learning Media
Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms (WGBH) has a terrific collection of weather resources that includes lesson plans, interactives, videos and media galleries. From identifying weather factors for primary-grade learners, to exploring seasonal patterns for intermediate grade students, to utilizing satellite data for middle-schoolers, these standards-based resources will be a valuable part of your weather unit. Each resource is accompanied by a teacher guide and classroom handouts. Check out these collections for grades K-2, grades 3-5, and grades 6-8.
REACH is an interactive literacy program that utilizes informational science text to teach nonfiction reading skills. Leveled reading selections, vocabulary development, text features, hands-on activities, and data collection are all part of these lessons. Take a look at Wind!, Clouds! and Stormy Weather!
For primary grades, Sid the Science Kid offers a collection of 8 weather-related episodes, with suggested hands-on classroom activities.
What’s The Weather? is a three-part lesson sequence introducing the science of meteorology and data collection in order to describe and predict the weather.
Elementary students learn how to read weather maps and predict weather events in Weather Station Field Trip. Detailed lesson plans and handouts accompany the video.
Weather: Super Science Show with Joe, for grades 4-6, is an enthusiastic overview of weather. Learn more about clouds, storms, measurement tools and the way that NASA studies the water cycle to help predict future weather patterns.
What is the relationship between weather and climate? Find out in The Climate is Changing But How’s the Weather? In the attached activity, intermediate-grade students graph weather data and compare with climate averages in order to demonstrate that weather is variable day-to-day, but climate is characterized by patterns over time.
Weather and Atmosphere, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has six Education Resource Collections that contain maps, data resources, lessons, labs and videos for classroom use.
Weather Wiz Kids is a great site for your students. Maintained by a meteorologist, the site covers all kinds of weather topics, weather words, weather careers, and weather projects. For each topic, teachers will find lesson plans and experiments listed in the side bar.
Windows To The Universe, from the National Earth Science Teachers Association, is filled with content for teaching about all aspects of weather. This is a good site for both classroom instruction and individual student research.
Weather for Kids is a fun site where you’ll find facts, experiments, videos, quizzes and projects to supplement your weather unit.
The Smithsonian Science Education Lab has an interactive Weather Lab which allows students to visualize how weather is formed and make predictions based on the interactions between air masses and ocean currents.
You may want to check out these weather sites designed for kids. You can use these resources on your smartboard for classroom instruction or direct students who are interested in weather to these sites.