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GLOBE Weather


Explore weather phenomena with GLOBE Weather! Developed to directly address Next Generation Science Standards, this FREE five-week curriculum unit is designed to help middle school students understand weather at local, regional, and global scales.

By using a storyline instructional approach, students progressively move through the lessons while exploring questions and discovering answers that lead to more questions and opportunities to learn more.


Anchor: 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.

Three Learning Sequences: Utilizing a modified BSCS 5E instructional cycle (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate), with evaluation/assessments built into each of the phases, students are prompted to return and reconsider phenomena that they have learned about before.

  • Learning Sequence 1: Students investigate short-lived, isolated storms, learning how and when they typically occur.
  • Learning Sequence 2: Students progress to investigations of how air masses collide at fronts, which can cause stormy weather over a larger region and over many days.
  • Learning Sequence 3: Students zoom out to explore how and why storms move around the world.

Culminating Task: Applying what they have learned through the curriculum to a new context, students investigate a winter storm.

Assessments: GLOBE Weather contains embedded pre-assessments, opportunities for formative assessments, summative assessments for each learning sequence, and a final assessment.


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

The Table of Contents outlines the structure of the curriculum sections. Each section of the curriculum is broken out to individually download the associated teaching guides, student activity sheets, assessments, PowerPoints, and extensions for how students can collect their own data using GLOBE protocols. Links to videos used in lessons are also included.

Download the entire curriculum as one document.

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How to teach GLOBE WEATHER during at-home learning