1. Set up and monitor a simple research station. 2. Compare differences in temperature and cloud cover between their neighbourhood and Mount Logan. 3. Graph research results.
Computers with internet access
Cloud cover reference materials (types of cloud- stratus, cumulus, etc. with photos)
1. Before you begin the unit, take a trip outside the school as a class. Set up the outdoor thermometer in an open area where it is unlikely to be disturbed, at least 10m away from any buildings, and not in direct sunlight. Name this location. Each day, a pair of students will come out to read the thermometer and analyze the cloud cover. You can record the results on your chalkboard, on a paper on the wall, or in graph form. I recommend keeping an ongoing graph comparing your temperature to that on Mount Logan. On the website you will find daily temperatures and weather conditions taken previously. Note: These are not current conditions; they were previously recorded. However, for classroom purposes they can be used for comparison. Run through the cloud types with the students. Show them how they can stand back to back, with arms spread out to their sides, against the other person. They can then see their “half” of the sky. They must decide roughly how much of their segment is covered in cloud, and what kind of clouds there are.
2. Show students how to graph the results of their weather analysis on a daily basis. They must keep an accurate line graph of temperatures, and a bar graph of daily cloud cover. They should include data both from your weather station and that of Mount Logan.