Elementary Science Resource Specialist
Irvine Unified School District
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UCI Summer Science Institute WebQuests - 2001
Science WebQuests from all years
Purpose: Weather affects the daily lives of every person. Many decisions
we make are based on the weather. In order to use the information
available to us about the weather, we need skills in reading weather maps.
Hopefully, this WebQuest will serve as a primer to students who want to
be able to read weather maps.
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Resources Needed: A computer with access to the internet.
Computer skills to move between the WebQuest and the
Reading skills at a 5th grade level or better.
Your Task Activity 1:
Learning to read different kinds of weather maps.
A. Learn how to read a
variety of weather maps at the Unisys
Data Plot and Weather Symbols.
Location Plot and Surface Weather Depiction.
When visiting this Weather Site make
B. Visit several different
types of maps at See More Maps.
C. Enlarge each
map for a better view of details.
D. Read the section on
to Read This Map in order to better understand vocabulary and symbols.
1. The Map Daytime Forecast will be the type of map you are
most familiar with and what you see on TV on a regular basis.
2. The map US Current Weather I believe is one of the most
important for you to learn how to read for making predictions about future
E. Use the Map Selector
the Maps by Activity, Geography and Map Type.
See how the Activity you plan can be affected by the weather.
2. Determine which type of map can help you make decisions about
If you can answer the following questions, you have probably done a pretty
thorough job of studying the Activity Maps.
a. What is the Weather Word of the Week and what does
b. How does one avoid Dangerous Tire Conditions?
c. What level of Energy Consuption did your community
What is your UV Outlook Index for today?
F. There are worksheets
attached to the TEACHER PAGE that may help you to navigate the Weather
site. Feel free to print these out and use them in
any way you or your teacher choose.
G. Click on this link
to learn more about the information on Weather
H. Click on this link
to overview Science
of the Atmosphere.
Your Task Activity 2:
Applying these skills to get information about your own location.
A. Visit several of the
1. Check this one out to see a live camera feed of many USA locations:
B. Use the information
you get from these various sites to report to your class the different
types of weather you class might experience today and for the
next several days in a row. Don't linger strictly on the temperature.
Remember precipitation, barometric pressure, energy consumption, travel
C. Create your own weather
station at your school. Use this site to help you construct all the
equipment you'll need: Make
Your own Weather Station.
D. Become an internet
weather reporter by creating your own weather internet site.
E. Click on these links
to learn more about:
1. Weather in different
parts of the world.
2. At the AcuuWeather site choose Maps
under Select a Feature. This gives you the opportunity to select
10 different types of maps.
3. This Yahoo Weather site can allow you to view Maps
of your local area. After locating your city, click under Maps and
Images in order to see the
weather Outlook, Satelllite, Radar and Fronts.
Your Task Activity 3:
Some games, activities, and interesting sites to visit.
A. Visit some of these
sites for fun weather activities.
1. Improve your weather
and climate vocabulary with these word games,
2. Visit all 8 of Dan's
B. The following sites
have some more detailed and fascinating pictures and information.
1. Visit this site to learn about Extreme
Science and Extreme
2. Visit these sites to learn more about Radar,
Quick Links - Select and click