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GLOBE Weather Table of Contents

Explore each section of the curriculum to download the teacher guides, student activity sheets, assessments, PowerPoints, and extensions for how students can collect their own data using GLOBE protocols. Links to videos and resources used in lessons are also included.

Overview of GLOBE WeatherAdobe PDF file

Includes lesson-by-lesson overviews, NGSS connections, and tips on navigating the GLOBE Weather curriculum.


An Unexpected Storm

What do we know about storms?

An anchoring phenomenon about an unexpected extreme rainfall event prompts students to question how and why storms happen and allows students to relate the storm to their own experiences

Lesson 1


Learning Sequence 1

From Cloud to Storm

What causes an isolated storm?

Students start with an investigation of short-lived, isolated storms, learning how they typically occur in the afternoon, the relationship between isolated storms and air temperature, and what determines whether growing clouds will cause precipitation.

Lesson 2 Lesson 3 Lesson 4 Lesson 5 Lesson 6


Learning Sequence 2

A Front Headed Your Way

What other types of storms cause precipitation?

Students progress to investigations of how air masses collide at fronts, which can cause stormy weather over a larger region and over many days, especially at cold fronts where a cold air mass pushes into a warm air mass.

Lesson 7 Lesson 8 Lesson 9 Lesson 10 Lesson 11


Learning Sequence 3

Worldwide Weather

Why do storms move in predictable patterns around the world?

Students zoom out to explore how and why storms move around the world due to atmospheric circulation caused by the uneven heating of the Earth.

Lesson 12 Lesson 13 Lesson 14 Lesson15


Culminating Task

Snow Day?

Apply what we’ve learned about weather to a winter storm

Students apply models and ideas they figured out from Learning Sequences 1, 2, and 3 to explain what is happening with a new phenomenon: a winter storm that crossed the United States in February 2017.

Culminating task challenge 1 Culminating task challenge 2 Culminating task challenge 3



Types of GLOBE Weather Assessments

Explore the GLOBE Weather embedded pre-assessments, formative assessment, learning sequence summative assessments, and final assessment.

Student assessments Teacher key