Weather Activities

Weather Activities

In this activity, students will learn about science and its characteristics by reviewing statements and deciding whether each reflects science, non-science, protoscience, or pseudoscience.  

Students test the hypothesis that a 100-year flood happens once every hundred years, learning how the probability of a flood does not mean that floods happen at regular intervals.

Systems thinking is an important concept across the Earth sciences. In this game, students either are a part of a system or serve as scientists tasked with observing and making sense of the system moving in front of them.

Students research the 2013 Colorado floods, present the information they find, and summarize all information presented.

On May 20, 2013, a devastating tornado occurred in Moore, Oklahoma. How did the people of Moore work to rebuild their community?

In this activity, students will compare stories about a weather event from different media sources and different perspectives.

In this activity, students will analyze data sets that show how carbon dioxide varies through the atmosphere at different latitudes, altitudes, and different times of year.

Students review graphs and charts of severe weather data then answer "True and False" questions about the content conveyed.

Students review what scientists know and what they’re working to understand about the relationship between extreme weather events and climate change.

Students will make snowflake models from actual snowflake images and learn about different types of snowflakes in the process.

Students demonstrate their knowledge of interconnections between natural systems such as weather and climate and the built environment in which they live.

Students use a cloud identification guide to identify clouds in landscape paintings, then make their own art to identify cloud types.

In this hands-on activity, students explore how temperature affects the behavior of air molecules.

Students analyze and interpret data on a map of floodplains to assess risk of flooding inform decision making that will mitigate the effects of flooding.

Where do tornadoes occur?

Students read news articles about Hurricane Irene, present information with classmates, and construct a timeline to describe the hurricane’s story over time and across geographic area, exploring what happened, how people were affected, and how they reacted.

Students investigate three decades of tornado data through an interactive Story Map from Esri.

IntroductionIn this activity, students gather information about atmospheric scientific field projects in order to understand how a research question about the Earth system can be answered by collecting data using many different research platforms and instruments.

Students explore the relationship between weather and climate by graphing weather temperature data and comparing with climate averages.

A collection of educational resources to bring cloud science to elementary students.

In this hands-on activity, students experiment to discover how moisture, pressure, temperature, and condensation nuclei play a role in cloud formation.

Using language arts, math, and measurement skills, elementary students explore rainfall data and learn how to measure precipitation through an interactive story. 

In this classroom activity, students investigate how clouds change over time by making repeat observations of a section of sky and then representing their data graphically.
In this activity, students will observe that a change in the temperature of air will determine its place in the atmosphere. Water, which behaves very similarly to air, is used in this demonstration. It flows in fluid currents in a visual manner in a see-through density tank.

A collection of educational resources about the science of winter weather for primary grade students.

Investigate maps and data to learn about the connections between hurricanes and climate, places where hurricanes form and how climate change may be affecting their strength.
Are you in a place where snow falls in winter? If so, try catching snowflakes. Then take a close look. Can you find two snowflakes that look alike?
Use this cloud viewer to explore the clouds and sky outside. What type of clouds do you see? What color is the sky? Why do the clouds or colors vary?The Cloud Viewer was the invention of Teri Eastburn, UCAR Center for Science Education.