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August 2004
Updated July 2009

Wonderful World of Weather
Students can investigate weather locally and around the world.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

The Wonderful World of Weather is a standards-based Real Time Data Module developed by the Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE). It allows elementary students to investigate weather phenomena locally as well as in other places around the world.
This site design is user-friendly and easy enough for young students to navigate. The main areas of the site as well as a link back to the homepage are listed in a left side menu.

Teachers who want to engage their students in some authentic learning with an online project can find everything they need in this ready to use module. Whether you are a veteran at online projects or new to the game, these materials offer all the information and resources to make your project a success. The module was developed for use in grades 3-6 but could easily be adapted for other grade levels. There is a wealth of lesson plans that use hands-on activities and real-time investigations to develop a better understanding of how weather can be described in measurable quantities, such as temperature, wind, and precipitation. The lesson plans are divided into three groups: introductory activities, core lessons, and enrichment activities. In addition to the lesson plans, the teachers' area provides curriculum standards and resources for finding a partner class. The lesson plans are designed so that teachers can choose the ones that fit best with their curriculum, but it is suggested that the introductory lessons be taught first.


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