Weather WebQuest
Introduction | Task | The Process | Resources | Evaluation | Conclusion

The Water Cycle | Cloud Types and Formation | Local Weather | Weather Across the USA | Climate 

 Introduction:

Fifth grade students' Science curriculum includes a goal that states "the learner will build an understanding of weather and climate". This is a comprehensive webquest designed to be used over a period of days or teachers may choose to focus on only one area.

The Task:

You will use the Internet to gather information that address the various curriculum competencies.

The Process:

The Water Cycle

1. Print the worksheet.
2. Use the following links to complete the worksheet questions.

http://www.mbgnet.net/fresh/cycle/index.htm
http://www.mbgnet.net/fresh/cycle/concepts.htm
http://www.mbgnet.net/fresh/cycle/cycle.htm

3. Using what you know about the water cycle, create a Powerpoint presentation that illustrates the various parts of the water cycle.

Cloud Types and Formation.

1. Print the worksheet.
2. Use the following links to complete the worksheet questions.

http://vathena.arc.nasa.gov/curric/weather/pricloud/index.html

http://www.fi.edu/weather/events/fog.html
http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/cld/dvlp/cnvct.rxml

3. Observe the sky for five days and identify the types of clouds seen. Use the chart to record your data.

Local Weather

1. Print the worksheet.
2. Go to http://www.weather.com/outlook/recreation/local/38473 and record the current conditions in the first column of your worksheet.
3. Return to http://www.weather.com/outlook/recreation/local/38473 daily for four more days to complete the worksheet.
4. Use a spreadsheet program to graph the information.

Weather Across the USA

1. Print the worksheet.
2. Use the following links to record current weather conditions in each of the cities.

Lexington, NC
http://www.weather.com/outlook/recreation/local/27292

St. Louis, MO
http://www.weather.com/outlook/recreation/local/USMO0787

Los Angeles, CA
http://www.weather.com/outlook/recreation/local/USCA0638

Juneau, AK
http://www.weather.com/outlook/recreation/local/USAK0116

Honolulu, HI
http://www.weather.com/outlook/recreation/local/USHI0026

3. Use a spreadsheet program to graph the information. 

Climate

1. Print the worksheet.
2. Use the following links to complete the worksheet.

http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/CE011513.html

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0762183.html

3. Use a spreadsheet program to graph the data that you collected in the chart.

Resources:

Here are some additional weather resources:

http://www.weather.com
http://usatoday.com/weather/wfront.htm
http://www.earthwatch.com/index.html
 

Evaluation:

http://www.iq.poquoson.org/4sci/weather/4weather02tlm1.htm to complete an on-line quiz based on what you have studied. When you finish the quiz and your score appears on the screen, show your score to the teacher.

 

Conclusion:

Upon completion of this WebQuest, students will be more knowledgeable about many of the aspects of weather as outlined in the fifth grade science curriculum.

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