Have you been outside today? What is the weather like? What was it like yesterday? What might it be like tomorrow? Knowing the weather helps people make important decisions, such as what clothes to wear and whether to schedule an outdoor picnic or an indoor lunch.
Write a newspaper article describing the weather in your area over a two-week span. First, you need to observe the weather for two weeks. Take notes each day about the temperature, air pressure, precipitation, clouds, and wind speed. It is also helpful to learn about weather on the Internet. Here are some questions to guide your research:
What does a meteorologist do?
Why does the weather change from one day to the next?
How does air pressure affect weather?
How does wind speed relate to weather?
How can clouds help predict the weather?
Are you ready? Begin by visiting the Web sites listed in Step 2. Look for answers to the questions above, and write down what you learn in the note-taking boxes.
With teacher supervision, you may use search engines to research other Web sites. You also can research weather at the library. When you are ready, follow Steps 3 and 4 to write your article.
Step 2. Research
Research answers to the questions you were asked in Step 1. Visit these Web sites. Take notes about them on this page, too!
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