Explore Weather Phenomena with GLOBE Weather!
Developed to directly address the U.S.-based Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), this online curriculum unit is designed to help middle school students understand weather at local, regional, and global scales. We encourage all teachers to use this new and valuable resource.
The UCAR Center for Science Education (co-developer of the curriculum and GLOBE partner) and the GLOBE Implementation Office (GIO) hosted several workshops to disseminate this unit with teachers over the past two years. In September, a two-day workshop to train GLOBE partners and professional development providers in this exciting new weather curriculum unit was held.
If you are an educator of middle (or early secondary) school students, you’ll want to delve in to this new weather unit!
GLOBE Weather begins with an introduction to weather. In the Anchor, students learn how extreme weather events can impact people and communities. The unit has many connections to GLOBE resources, including using atmospheric protocols, and school-based data from the GLOBE database. The unit focuses on the science and engineering practices of data analysis and modeling.
The learning component is divided into three learning sequences corresponding to different investigative phenomena:
- Learning Sequence 1: Students investigate the causes of an isolated storm.
- Learning Sequence 2: Students investigate other ways storms form in a location, specifically when a cold front moves through.
- Learning Sequence 3: Students learn how storms move on a global scale.
The culminating task involves students applying what they have learned to a winter storm that crossed the United States in February 2017.
GLOBE Weather is designed for 25 class periods of approximately 50-minutes each.
Here’s the link to GLOBE Weather. Enjoy!
News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office