Understanding weather charts
Teachers’ notes to accompany Understanding Weather Charts
Computers with Internet access would be desirable. Alternatively if Internet access is not available, printed copies of student sheets and worksheets should be made.
Prior knowledge required
A basic background of weather and climate.
Students can visit the following pages to gain a basic background into the topics covered:
The information on the student sheets can be delivered by the teacher and activities completed individually. Alternatively students can work through the whole lesson themselves.
Part A – Isobars, pressure and wind
Part B – Identifying pressure systems and fronts
Part C – Plotted weather charts
Three worksheets with exercises are provided to consolidate learning.
A series of additional exercises are provided for more able students, or those who have already studied pressure systems and fronts in more detail prior to this lesson.
Suggestions for homework
Any of the worksheet activities can be completed. Alternatively students can collect weather charts from the Internet or a newspaper and repeat the exercises using these.
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