GED 2002 Teachers' Handbook of Lesson Plans

Activity Title- Interpreting a Weather Map (National/World)

Area/Skill – Science

Cognitive Skill Level – Comprehension, Analysis and Evaluation

Activity Title- Interpreting a Weather Map (National/World)

Goal/Objective

To read and process information using realia.USA Today Weather page.

Lesson Outline/Introduction

Students will learn to read and synthesize information using local, area, or national weather maps.

Activity

  1. Have students divide into groups of four.
  2. Provide each group with a copy of USA Today (weather page).
  3. Explain vocabulary, weather symbols, and graphs.
  4. Have students graph the local/area five-day forecast.
  5. On second sheet of graph paper have students locate and graph the temperatures of 10 cities around the world.

Debriefing/Evaluation Activity

Have students share the varying temperatures around the globe and discuss why they vary.

Materials, Texts, Realia, Handouts

  • USA Today Newspaper
  • Graph paper/pencils
  • Ruler

Extension Activity

Have students access weather information on the internet.

Have students plan a trip across country and determine the weather in each location. Discuss how weather could impact their trip.

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Real-Life Connection

Discuss how weather affects our personal lives, the economy and industry.

Area/Skill – Science

Cognitive Skill Level – Comprehension, Analysis and Evaluation

Activity Title- Interpreting a Weather Map (National/World)

Introduction

To read and process information using realia.USA Today weather page.

Main Activity

Say: Can we predict weather? How can weather affect our lives? Let's look at this weather map and see.

Write down the following vocabulary: cloudy, partly cloudy, ice, showers, thunderstorms, sun, rain, extremes, forecast. Introduce the Forecast Legend, 5-day forecast, bar graphs, National forecast and World weather.

Closure/Conclusion

  • Students will be able to read a weather map using the map legend and symbols.
  • Students will be able to extrapolate and synthesize data.

Follow-up lessons/Activities

Have students access weather information off the World Wide Web. An extension activity could be to plan a cross country trip and type in their destination to access the weather for their trip.


Jeanni Pruitt, Northeast Texas Community College


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