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Monday, October 19, 2015

Gathering Weather Data at Our Very Own Weather Stations

Our class has been visiting the Weather Stations in Cannon Garden regularly to observe and record weather data. The study of weather is part of our science curriculum and is an ongoing investigation in first grade.

See below for expectations, concepts and key questions.

Student Expectation

The student is expected to record weather information, including relative temperature, such as hot or cold, clear or cloudy, calm or windy, and rainy or icy; AND demonstrate that air is all around us and observe that wind is moving air.

Key Concepts

  • We can observe weather conditions around us using our senses.
  • Tools such as wind socks and thermometers can be used to gather weather information.
  • Weather data can be recorded in charts, tables, and graphs.

Fundamental Questions

  • What observations can we make about weather conditions?
  • What is the wind made out of?
  • How can we record weather data?

We begin our time in the garden by reciting the 'Garden Pledge'.

          I pledge allegiance to the Real School Garden for which it exists.  
          I pledge to be safe and not run.  
          I will honor all living things, including my classmates.
          I will be respectful of other learners in the garden. 
          I promise to have fun and to learn something new with a smile. 

This is followed by a brief walk through the garden to make observations and enjoy nature.

When we come back together, we record both quantitative data, using tools, and qualitative data, using our senses.

  • What can you tell about the season by observing the trees and plants?
  • How does the temperature feel? 
  • How does the sky look? 
  • Can you hear the wind? 
  • What evidence do you see that tells you the air is moving?
  • Do you observe clouds moving?
  • Can you smell rain in the air?
  • Air temperature - degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Water temperature - degrees Fahrenheit
  • Soil temperature - degrees Fahrenheit
  • Wind speed  - anomometer and windsock
  • Wind direction - windsock and weather vane
Learning about the weather in such an authentic way is just one thing we will be doing in the garden. This space holds an endless supply of learning opportunities!

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