Student Worksheet - Activity 1: Make a Weather Station
Part 1: Introduction
- Make a Weather Learning Log: This ONLY applies if you will use
the Weather Learning Log
- Write your name on the notebook (if you are working as a group, each
member should put their name on it). As an optional activity, you can
decorate the cover as well.
- Discuss and answer the following questions.
Record your answers in your Journal.
- What do you think of when you hear the word "weather"?
- How does weather affect our daily lives? (Ex. what kinds of clothes
do you wear, outdoor activities that you do, etc.)
- What kinds of things would you look for if you wanted to describe the
weather of a particular day to someone else?
- What kinds of information are important to collect?
- Brainstorm designs for instruments that you could use to
measure each of the following AND answer the corresponding questions:
- Temperature: What does temperature have to do with weather?
- Wind: How can you describe wind? Are there different types of wind?
Can you measure how fast the wind is blowing and where its blowing to?
- Precipitation: Are there different types of precipitation?; How could
rain be measured?
- Air pressure: What is air pressure? Why should we measure it? What does air pressure
have to do with weather?
- Sky conditions: Write a list of standardized terms to describe
sky conditions (e.g. clear, partly cloudy, overcast with openings, overcast,
- Present: Each group should first design the class weather
- Write the list of standardized sky
condition terms for the class below:
Part 2: Make a Class Weather Station
- Build the following weather instruments in the order below. Directions
are provided for each.
- Barometer (Air pressure)
- Rain Gauge (Precipitation)
- Thermometer (Temperature)
- Wind Vane (Wind Direction)
- Anemometer (Wind Speed)
- Practice with the Instruments: repeatedly test the
instruments for accuracy.
- Record your measurements: Please follow the guidelines below.
NOTE: If you are combining Activities 1 and 2, record
your measurements in the column marked "Class Instruments" in the Current
- Temperature: ________________șC
(Use a commercial outdoor thermometer)
- Sky conditions: ___________________
(Observe outside and use one of the standardized sky
condition terms. For example, clear, partly cloudy, overcast with
openings, overcast, etc.)
- Wind: _______________
(calm, light, etc.)
- Wind Direction: ________________
(N, NW, W, SW, etc.)
- Wind Speed: ________________
(how many times the anemometer spun)
- Precipitation Type: ____________
(at data collection time - rain, drizzle, snow, none,
- Precipitation Amount : __________ mm
(in last 24 hours)
- Air Pressure: ______________ units
(record your finding in the units marked on your class
- Do you think the weather instruments you made are as accurate as those used by professional meteorologists? Why
or why not?
- How could you make them more accurate?
- If you have Internet access, select and print one of the following satellite
maps listed on the Activity 1 web page and answer the questions below:
- What do you see in the map?
- Do the current weather conditions in your city match up to what you
see on the satellite map?
- How could you use a satellite map to predict weather?