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Lesson Cycle (Gradual Release of Responsibility)

Lesson Title/Topic: Being a Meteorologist

Standards: TEKS 127.3(c)(1)(B) - Explore the 16 career clusters

Lesson Objectives: Students will Assessment: Completed observations

research and identify current or emerging worksheet
occupations with 80% level of proficiency.

Materials: Trifold presentation board, clear plastic cups, balloons, UV black light flashlights,
neon fluorescent paint, pipette droppers, shaving cream, 3 oz. plastic cups, matches/lighter,
paper, measuring cup, water, MeteoEarth website ( videos: How does rain form and what is the water cycle?, Kid Meteorologist, How Are Weather Forcasts Made?

The teacher will: The student will:

Play part of the video as students walk in to • Come in and watch the video.
introduce the topic of weather.
• Observe the MeteoEarth website to see
• Explore with the students. how meteorologists study weather
patterns over the course of a day.
A presentation board will be set up before the
students arrive. The tri-fold board will list the • Explore the presentation board.
following questions:

1. What does a meteorologist do?

2. Do you need to go to college to be a


3. Do you need to go to college to be a


4. What is the average salary of a


5. What are some aspects of weather that

meteorologists study?

6. Why do you think meteorology is important?

Teacher Input (I Do):

• Explore the tri–fold board with the • Students will review and discuss the display
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students. with the teacher and provide opinions and

feedback when prompted.

1. What does a meteorologist do?

• Study the weather and climate, and
examine how those conditions affect
human activity and the earth.

2. Do you need to go to college to be a

• Yes – The basic requirement for
becoming a meteorologist is a Bachelors
of Science degree in Meteorology or
Atmospheric Sciences—a lot of physics
and calculus.

3. What is the average salary of a

• Average of $44,631/year—salaries
range from $15,164/year to

4. What are some aspects of weather that

meteorologists study?
• Atmosphere, air flows and structures,
air pressure, weather observation and
forecasting: precipitation (rain/snow),
thunderstorms, tornadoes, etc.

5. Why do you think meteorology is

• Weather observation and forecasting
helps people stay aware of what is
happening with the weather.
▪ Forecasts help professionals
such as farmers, fishermen,
sailors, etc. know when they can
expect rain and how it will affect
their work.
▪ Forecasts help the community
know when they can expect
severe weather, such as
thunderstorms, snow storms,
tornadoes or hurricanes.

Watch short introductory videos. • Watch videos.

“Kid Meteorologist”
“How Are Weather Forecasts Made?”

Guided Practice (We Do):

• Inform students that they will complete • Observe the instruments meteorologists
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two activities involving weather. use to study weather.

• Explain that meteorologists study and • Discuss as a class how storm clouds
predict the weather using different form.
types of instruments.
• Reference the chart on the board with
different instruments. • Pair up to complete each activity.
• Tell students the most important tools
meteorologists can use are their eyes to
observe weather patterns, clouds, and • Using the materials provided, follow the
weather maps. written instructions to create a storm in a
• Have students find a partner to jar.
complete the activities. Each activity
should take 5 to 6 minutes to complete.
• Provide full written instructions on the • Use descriptions to record observations of
table before handing out supplies for the “cloud” on the data sheet provided.
the activities.
• Station/Activity 1: Discuss how clouds
form and why it rains as a result- • If time permits, follow the written
Reference the Water Cycle chart. instructions to learn how air pressure
• Use “Make a storm in a jar” guidelines works and what happens when the air
for students to reference. pressure inside a jar is changed.
• If time permits, have students complete
Activity 2: Explain how air pressure
effects weather. • Complete the corresponding data sheet.
• Use the “Air Pressure Activity”
guidelines and instructions for students
to reference.

Independent Practice (You Do):

• Pass out a written activity about: • Students will complete a written activity.

1. The roles of a meteorologist

2. Tools meteorologists use

3. Reading a weather map

4. Draw your own weather map

5. Create a weather forecast

• Watch video to summarize the importance • Watch video.
of weather forecasts.
• Discuss why it is important for
• Pass out notecards and have students meteorologists to study weather.
write down:
▪ Why is it important for meteorologists
to study the weather? • Hypothesize and discuss different
▪ What would happen if meteorologists
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did not exist? How would people be • Find a partner and share note cards
warned about the weather or know with each other.
what to expect for the day if
meteorologists did not exist?

▪ Their favorite part of the lesson today

• Have students pair-and-share and

read/discuss what they wrote down.

Bloom’s Level(s): Technology Integration

Analysis: • MeteoEarth website to see the changes
“Why do you think” of weather on Earth over the course of
“How” one day.
“What would happen if…” • YoutTube videos:
“Why is it important” How does rain form and what is the water
Kid Meteorologist
KUA, How Are Weather Forecasts

Extension: Reteach:
• Students will make a mini-book
Students will choose two different cities around manipulative about the basics of
the world to track weather patterns. They will meteorology including:
determine: how each city’s location effects its ▪ What is weather?
climate and weather as well as comparing and ▪ What is a climate?
contrasting the two cities. ▪ What is a meteorologist? What do
they do? Why are they important?
▪ What tools do meteorologists use?
Students can play the Young Meteorologist ▪ Reading a weather map.
Program educational game and earn their ▪ Practice: Mini weather forecast.
Young Meteorologist certificate. During the
game students will complete 5 challenges and
collect data while learning about what to do
when severe weather strikes.

Accommodations / Modifications: References:

ESL–Students will be provided with a Bolton, Sarah, director. Kid

handout with career information about Meteorologist. YouTube, 31 Aug. 2015,
meteorology. The handout will include a career
summary, images and key vocabulary words
with definitions. “How Are Weather Forecasts
Made?” YouTube, EUMETSAT, 26 Feb. 2016,
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Gifted/Talented –Create a one page wonder

about a day in the life of a meteorologist.
Discuss the importance of meteorology. “How Does Rain Form and What Is the Water
Cycle?” Met Office-Weather, 16 Apr. 2014,
Bilingual – Work with a partner to complete
the assignment. 4&v=zBnKgwnn7i4%2C.

Learning Disability – Use websites and text “Interactive 3D Globe Brings Weather to
books as additional references. Students will Life.” - Interactive 3D Globe
be provided with additional time to complete. Brings Weather to Life,
Speech-Write down closing question answers
and turn them in. “Thunderstorm & Rain Sounds Heavy
Thunder Lightning Strike Nature
Sounds.” YouTube, Dovado, 20 Feb. 2018,