“Why do we think that
meteorologists and other scientists track the
Allow three students to respond
“One of the reasons that people all over the world track the weather
is took look for patterns and make predictions. If we learn about weather in the past, we can predict
what weather may come in the future”.
“ Meteorologists use
some of the same tools that we use in our classroomto track the weather. Just like we use bar graphs in math to organize our favorite ice cream flavors, meteorologists use bar graphs to track theweather.* The review of previously learned material in the introduction of the lesson is very beneficial to all students. A review gives students the opportunity to activate prior knowledge in order to understand new content. Mentioning the use of bar graphs in mathclass, allows students make a connection between new materialBar Graph Active Learning
Now that we know a little bit about tracking weather lets look at some bar graphs that
meteorologists made to look at patterns in the weather”
Look at bar graph of rainfall on the smartboard.
“ This is a bar graph I made about the number of days
it rained over the past four months. By looking at this graph we can compare the amount of days it rained ineach of these months. Sometimes it is difficult to read such a big graph by lookingat it on a screen. We are going to make this graph with our bodies to represent the
Instruct students to stand and line up on one edge of the rug. Place four pieces of paper at the front of the carpet; each with the name of a month on the graph. Start
with the first month on the graph and ask, “ How many days did
it rain in
When the students answer, ask three of them to stand behind theJanuary paper. They will represent the number of days it rained in January (repeatfor each month).
After the student bar graph is completed, ask students questions that will promptthem to notice patterns in the data.
Which month had the most rainfall?
Did it rain more days in Jan. or Feb.?