Resources for 11-14 Year Old Students
Lesson Starters, Introductions and Revision
Homework activity for start of weather topic - assess how the weather affects you through a week.
Weather Taboo - some sample Taboo cards looking at air mass and depression words. Please share any further ones you develop with us!
A starter activity which looks at the duration, frequency and impacts of various global weather phenomena.
Global Atmospheric Circulation
Our short introductory video on YouTube the Global Atmospheric Circulation,
We have also built this into a complete lesson plan:
[according to the standard Köppen classification, the green countries have a temperate or cold climate without a dry season, the yellow countries a Dry (desert or semi-arid climate) and the red countries a Tropical climate]
Air Masses revision - a Human Board Game
General weather, weather fieldwork and weather data
Using weather data to investigate whether sports events can go ahead (Developed by Martin Sutton and previously published in Teaching Geography).
Extreme temperatures around the world GIS exercise for maths/ geography developed by Joseph Kerski at ESRI.
Using Weather Station Data to examine links between weather variables (adapted from LGfL)
Microclimates and Urban Heat Islands
Urban heat island isotherm drawing exercise:notes for teachers, idealised weather station data for isotherm drawing, satellite image of Birmingham and solution for teachers.
Using Weather Station Data to look at London's Urban Heat Island (adapted from LGfL)
Anticyclones, Depressions, Fronts and Weather Maps
A simple exercise where students find weather features such as fronts, depressions, wind directions and the possible locations of clouds on a weather map.
Isotherm and Isobar drawing exercise based on a depression: student worksheet. A simpler version of the T/ isotherm map can be found here or the full version including solutions may be found on the A level page.
Climate and Climate Zones
Resources to teach the climate of the last 2.6 million years.
Climate Change Resources from the Climate Change Schools Project including a new look at the climate sceptics debate.
Climate change scheme of work for year 8 geography.
Some useful links about Super typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda
Using GIS for hurricane tracks and tropical storm risk (Developed by Bob Lang, teacher and GA consultant)
A Met Office resource using maths/ stats skills to evaluate the weather of holiday destinations: Information For Teachers, Instructions For Students, Student Spreadsheet v1, Student Spreadsheet v2 and Teacher Spreadsheet
Is the temperature rising? data analysis
Lots of recommended links
A wonderful introduction to Air Masses from the BBC's The Battle Of The Weather Fronts - The Great British Weather using some very loud rugby players!
A depression based activity using Living Graphs.
Resources looking at change of state, latent heat, data handling and the Electromagnetic Spectrum from the NCAS/ DIAMET project.
A science upd8 resource looking at rain and cloud seeding.
Four lesson plans from the BBC weather centre.
Weather Bingo a fun plenary.
Texas Instruments' 'Using Real World data' booklet contains two projects for KS3 maths - 'Compare the Weather' and 'Hurricane Force'. Although the instructions assume access to their software, the projects could easily be adapted.
An online, interactive lesson going from weather data collection through to forecasting from NGfL Cymru.
An interactive introduction to weather systems and fronts from NGfL Cymru.
BBC bitesize explanations of weather systems, symbols, charts and processes.
Teachers TV looks at the effects of weather on people
Teachers TV looks at KS3 Geography Teachers in the Freezer
Teachers TV looks at the weather in Sounds, Pictures, Blogs and Poetry
Teachers TV looks at making houses hurricane proof
Teachers TV looks at severe weather conditions
Teachers TV looks at Hurricane Katrina
Teachers TV looks at The Great Storm of 1987
A short video from Teachers.tv on Degrees of Change.
Teachers TV looks at climate change timeline
An Inconvenient Truth the climate change film pack (look under essential reading and DCSF lesson resources)
Climate change and information from Ice Cores from WAIS divide.
A NASA introduction to the Earth's Energy Budget - scroll down to "Balancing our Planet's Energy Budget".