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

Introduction:

Fourth 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. 

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The Task:

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

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The Process:

The Water Cycle

1. Print the worksheet.
2. Illustrate the various parts of the water cycle.

 

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Local Weather

1. Print the worksheet.
2. Go to
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/27292 and record the current conditions in the first column of your worksheet.
3. Return to
http://www.weather.com/weather/local/27292 daily for four more days to complete the worksheet.
4. Graph the information

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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/weather/local/27292

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

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

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

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

 Graph the information the information that you find. 

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Climate

1. Print the worksheet.
2. Use the following links to complete the worksheet.
http://www.infoplease.com/ce5/CE011513.html

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

3.  Graph the data that you collected in the chart.

CLOUD TYPES AND FORMATION

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

Answer the following questions.

1.  What does the word "Cirrus" mean?

2.    Are cirrus clouds low or high?

3.    What are the large clouds that sometimes look

        like huge puffs of cotton?

4.    What root word tells us that a cloud brings rain?

5.    Which type of cloud usually covers the whole sky and brings gray days?

Click on http://www.fi.edu/weather/events/fog/html.

Answer the following questions.

1.    Fog is a ___________based on the ground, rather than in the atmosphere.

2.    Fog forms when there is a lot of ___________near the ground, or when the air near the ground cools to the dew point.

Click on http:// ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/mtr/cld/dvlp/cnvct.rxm

 

      

 

 

  

 

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Resources:

Here are some additional weather resources:

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

 

Evaluation:

Upon completion place your graphs and weather analysis on a poster board and prepare to be a weatherman for a day!  You will then present your information to the class.  Pretend to be a weatherman.  Use any props that will help your audience understand everything that you have learned. 

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Conclusion:

Upon completion of this Web Quest, students will be more knowledgable about many of the aspects of weather as outlined in the fourth grade PVUSD Science curriculum.

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