Using Weather to Teach Graphing

  • Using Weather to Teach Graphing

    Mi Yeon Lee
    By observing and collecting data on natural scientific phenomena, students can know the sources of their data, discuss them in relation to real contexts, craft a device to measure the scientific phenomena, and create graphs using graph paper and technology for further discussion. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) (CCSSI 2010) emphasize finding appropriate contexts from which to draw meaningful data. Also, the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) recommend that students experience the processes of data collection, organization, and display (Franklin et al. 2005). Accordingly, in this article, I describe the following activities for grade 4 science lessons that are merged with mathematics, engineering, and technology. Through these activities, students can (1) clearly understand precipitation, temperature, clouds, wind, and how they affect weather; and (2) make evidence-based claims using their own observations, charts, and graphs.
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