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Write a Weather Report

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Age range: 7-11

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Create your own tv weather report, discovery place kids huntersville, have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a weatherperson on tv.

A weatherperson is a meteorologist, or a scientist who studies the atmosphere and weather. Weather is determined by many conditions in the atmosphere around us, including temperature, cloud cover, precipitation and wind.

A weatherperson uses scientific tools to study these conditions, then forecasts future weather events for their area. They let us know about their forecasts through weather reports each day. A TV weatherperson may report from inside a studio or from outside where the weather conditions are happening.

Now let’s take a closer look at the conditions a weatherperson studies and the tools they use to measure them.

Temperature is how hot or cold it is outside. It is measured in degrees using an instrument called a thermometer. Temperature can be affected by other factors, including how much of the sky is covered with clouds, or the cloud cover at that time. The more clouds there are in the sky, the colder it will usually be. Clouds can also lead to precipitation.

Precipitation is water falling from the sky, whether it’s falling as rain, snow, sleet or hail. A weatherperson measures how much precipitation has fallen in inches using an instrument called a rain gauge or by measuring the amount of snow or ice using a ruler. Precipitation can be detected across long distances using radar.

Another factor that can affect temperature is how much wind, or moving air, there is outside. Meteorologists measure wind speed using an anemometer and wind direction using a wind vane. Wind direction is important because it can move weather conditions from one place to another.

In this activity, we will take a closer look at meteorology, research today’s weather conditions and record our own weather report. This previous Stay at Home Science activity may be helpful if you want to start your own weather station to help you determine the weather.

  • Script (template provided below)
  • Access to today’s weather forecast
  • Any props to help you (hats, gloves, umbrella, etc.)
  • Phone, tablet or other device that can record your report

1. To become a TV weatherperson and make your own weather report, first find out today’s weather conditions and use them to fill in the script below. A weatherperson can write a script to use during their report to make sure they give their viewers all the information they need.

2. Dress for the occasion! If it's cold out, bundle up. If it’s rainy, grab your rain gear.

3. Go outside with an adult and find a good location to record. Reporting from outside lets you show the weather conditions you are discussing. This can be especially exciting during heavy rain or snow, but always remember to use caution during extreme weather.

4. Once you’ve found the perfect spot, get your camera ready, pull out your script to help you as you report and start recording!

To adjust this activity for younger learners, have them draw a picture of the weather outside and explain to someone else what you would need to wear to be comfortable. Next, have them draw a picture of a snowy day or a rainy one and explain what people need to bring with them to be prepared for the weather.

For older learners, try setting up a green screen studio at home and reporting on the upcoming weather for the week like a weatherperson in a TV studio. Have an adult help you download an app to make it happen. All you need is a blue or green sheet to get started!

Sample script:

H ello , this is (your name), reporting from (your location) in (city, state) . And w ow, folks, it is ( cold , chilly, warm, hot) out here! As you can see, I’m dressed for this weather.

Right now, the temperature is (temperature). Looking up, I can see that there (is or is not) a heavy c loud cover, which is making it (warmer or colder) outside . We (have or have not) had a lot of (rain, snow or other precipitation ) today, as you can see behind me. It (does or doesn’t ) feel very windy today. The wind speed is actually (wind speed) .

This weather (will or will not) stay the same for the rest of the day. This evening, expect temperatures to (rise or fall) with (a lot, little or no) precipitation.

To prepare for this weather, be sure to grab your ( coat, rain jacket or shorts ) and your (boots, sandals or sneakers). You also won’t want to forget your (umbrella, scarf or sunglasses )!

Thanks so much for joining me for the weather report. This has been (your name) reporting from (city) . Remember, stay cool out there! Back to you at the studio .

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Every day, BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood gives millions of people vital news as the main weather presenter on BBC Breakfast.

It is essential the information provided is timely, accurate and useful to as many people as possible.

Watch the video and then discuss:

  • What steps do Carol and the BBC Weather team take to ensure this happens? (Hints: a morning meeting; considering the practical impact on people's daily lives.)
  • Ask students which part of the weather forecast is important to them. It is probably different for everyone - why is this?
  • Are there any parts of Carol's daily routine that would help students to create their own forecasts?

These activities will help you understand the structure of a weather forecast and what information you need to get across.

Watch the Forecast Video featured on the right-hand side of the BBC Weather homepage.

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What information do they want to put across and in what order will they present it?

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KS2 ICT Topic: weather

  • Author: Rising Stars
  • Main Subject: Lesson Plans
  • Subject: ICT
  • Date Posted: 08 September 2011

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KS2 ICT Topic: weather

Can your class give Michael Fish a run for his money and take on the role of meteorologists?

Have you noticed how the mood of your class can change depending on the weather? Not just when children are overcome with euphoria at the promise of a snow day, or subject to cabin fever following a string of wet break times, but the subtle, everyday variations. A sunny morning can bring a smile to the face, while a hot Friday afternoon sinks everyone into a torpor. And what with the weather playing such an important role in their daily lives, children will be keen to find out more about it.

If they take interest in the weather forecast on the TV, it’s likely that pupils will want to know how it is we’re able to predict what tomorrow will bring – and why the predictions are sometimes so wide of the mark. The following project from Rising Stars’ Switched On ICT series (risingstarsuk. com/series/switched-on-ict), takes advantage of children’s curiosity about the weather. It brings together data measurement, analysis and presentation as children become weather presenters and forecasters themselves.

Data can be collected over a period of one month, but the project can easily be shortened if time is tight. There are plenty of opportunities to extend the activities as well, perhaps by linking up with another school and comparing data, or even organising a video conference with the Met Office. See how you get on.

writing a weather report ks2

Introduce children to equipment for measuring weather and explain how to use it. This could be approached thematically, looking at temperature, pressure, rainfall, etc., or through increasing degrees of technological complexity, starting with analogue instruments, then digital and then data-logging equipment.

Setting up a joint project with a partner school elsewhere in the UK or abroad would allow comparisons between weather data to be made, as well as providing a greater sense of audience for the outcomes of the children’s analysis.

Tell children that they will be recording the weather at school for the next month. Model how to enter weather data into a spreadsheet (to make subsequent analysis easier). The use of a single, shared Google spreadsheet would allow children to see the data collected by their peers.

Working in small teams, pairs or even individually, children start taking their weather measurements, entering data into their spreadsheets. They should be encouraged to maintain their own descriptive accounts of the weather within the spreadsheet. (Change responsibilities over the course of the project so children gain experience of using a range of technologies to measure a variety of phenomena.)

Throughout the project, ask children to look through the data collected to date, highlighting any unusual data that might merit a double check.

Children could be asked to note predictions from daily weather forecasts, comparing these with observed data.

While the details of data-logging equipment will vary, it should be possible to include automatically generated data from such weather stations on a spreadsheet available to the class.

Using a digital camera to supplement the written descriptions and measured data would be useful. Some cameras or webcams can be set to extended timelapse modes, taking a photograph every hour, or every day. Edited together these make fascinating short films. Timed digital photographs would support children making connections between numeric data and observed weather.

writing a weather report ks2

Introduce the children to the charting facilities available in the spreadsheet software, starting with tools to plot a time series of a single measured quantity. Allow the children to explore the formatting options available, including, perhaps, appropriate background images for their charts. Ask them to add a comment to each chart they create, explaining what it shows.

Show children other chart tools, including scatterplots, (to explore the relationship between two variables, such as average temperature and hours of sunlight, or between temperatures predicted in weather forecasts and those observed).

Children might use multiple time series to compare two or more measurements over the course of the project, or compare data during the project with historical data obtained from the Met Office.

Once the children have a feel for how the data changes over time, ask them to predict the weather for the next three days, justifying their predictions on the basis of their measurements and the charts they’ve plotted. Working in teams, the children should create short presentations, in the style of a TV weather forecast, using PowerPoint or IWB software. They should describe significant aspects of the weather, including the most recent observations, and then make their predictions for the following three days, adding appropriate illustrations and explanations.

Some children might like to explore professional weather forecasting techniques; the Met Office video conference or MetLink meteorological ambassador schemes might fit in well at this point in the project.

writing a weather report ks2

The children review how likely their predictions are (i.e. before the observed data isviewed). They should discuss the techniques used to make their predictions, suggesting ways in which they might have improved these.

Ask the children why they think the weather forecast for shipping is much more detailed than the weather forecast on the six o’clock news. You could play a recording to illustrate this. The children review the project, using self assessment prompts such as what was it hard (or easy) to measure? What was useful about using a spreadsheet? And what would they do differently next time? Invite them to suggest why their own, and the broadcast weather forecasts, can be wrong, and are more likely to be wrong when further in advance.

The weather forecast presentations could be filmed, and perhaps uploaded to the school website or learning platform. Videoing the weather forecasts makes it easier to compare children’s predictions with the observed weather. The activities here are taken from the We are Meteorologists project featured in the Y4 Switched On ICT resource from Rising Stars risingstars-uk.com). The complete unit also includes assessment guidance, advice on lesson preparation, curriculum links and suggestions for supporting resources.

Learning Expectations

In this project, children will record a range of weather data over an extended period of time. It involves comparing information from several sources and analysing the data using spreadsheet software. Children will also make and test predictions for the weather and then write and deliver a presentation in the style of a TV weather broadcast. By the end of this unit, children will have achieved the following learning objectives:

• To understand different measurement techniques for weather, both analogue and digital • To use computer-based data logging to automate the recording of some weather data • To use spreadsheets to create charts • To analyse data • To explore inconsistencies in data and make predictions • To practice using presentation software and, optionally, video

Put to the test

Marc Bowen, deputy head at colerne primary school, gives his verdict on switched on ICT from rising stars…

If you have ever faced a topic web, willing purposeful ICT links or units of work to appear from a muddle of spreadsheets, roamers and desktop publishers then Rising Stars’ Switched on ICT is here to help. Organised by year group, across the primary phase, it provides the busy teacher with a highly structured but also highly adaptable planning, teaching and learning resource.

Each year group matched pack offers a comprehensive teacher’s book, high quality pupil task cards and a CD-ROM of associated resources. Within the teacher’s book you will find detailed planning covering a year’s worth of ICT content, which has been broken down into clearly explained and brilliantly resourced units of work. The choice of activities within each unit not only meets the requirements of the National Curriculum but has also been tailored to appeal to the interests of our increasingly tech-savvy children, without alienating the teacher. Units such as ‘Producing a Wiki’ or ‘Fusing geometry with art’ will provide the creative spark for the children, whilst also ensuring the teacher is able to utilise current and engaging technologies in a meaningful way. There is also excellent guidance on assessing progress, which has been cross-referenced with APP.

The versatility of the resource is also reflected in the content of the CD-ROM. Not only are you able to access PDF versions of the plans within the teacher’s book, there are also editable resources to use with the children. In addition, the CD-ROM holds an Excel based assessment tool which allows the user to easily track the progress of each child and the curriculum coverage of the class overall.

Another benefit for busy teachers is a comprehensive and high quality library of images and sounds, catalogued on the CDROM. Each of these resources has been closely matched to the units of work. This saves a lot of time, which might otherwise be spent trawling the internet for additional resources and will really help bring the children’s work to life. Visit risingstars-uk.com or call 0800 091 1602 for more information.

The Met Office is happy to offer schools video conferences with its staff. See http://www.metoffice.gov.uk

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