Tune Into Tech: Using Weather Websites to Strengthen Math Skills

15 July 2014
Normally when we think of the weather we automatically assume that we're talking about science.  Or the Weather Channel.  And if we're talking about the Weather Channel we're talking about Jim Cantore and THUNDER SNOW!  


But we're not.
We're talking' bout MATH


An alternative for spicing up your typical calendar, morning meeting, or math lesson is to introduce a weather website to the class.  There's so much mathematical information in our weather that it's a little ridiculous. It's so easy to put throw it on a Smart board or display it on a mobile device.  Here are some great sites to start with:

Think about having your students do any of the following:
  • Graphing/charting daily temperatures
  • Find the difference between Highs and Lows for that day, week, or month.
  • Use temperature, humidity, wind speed, or barometric pressure to find mean, median, and mode.
  • Using average rainfall amounts per month and comparing them to other areas all around the world.
  • Comparing temperatures around the world and discovering the differences.
  • Allow students to create word problems based on weather
  • Use the weather map and understanding how the numbers correlate with one another.
  • I could add more, but by this time you're probably beginning to glaze over my post.
The opportunities are limitless when it comes to combining math and weather.  If we stop and think for a minute we realize that understanding the weather is a real-word applicable skill that everyone needs to know.

How else are you able to predict if you're school will be 
having a cold-weather day because of the wind chill--MATH!


Here's a great site for kids to become a Math Meteorologist:  

Understanding the concept of Math-Weather is more relevant every single day.  And the are numbers inside each one of those concepts.  Tornado's, Hurricanes, Floods, Blizzards, Earthquakes; these are all based on mathematical figures too.  But we tend to lump it strictly into science--but we shouldn't.


Think about STEM:  Science, Technology, Engineering, aaaaaaand Mathematics.

Next time your looking for a little way to spice up you math just turn your attention to the clouds (not the digital kind that no one understands, I'm talking fluffy-cumulus ones) and think about how you can integrate weather into your math with a side of technology.



Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out all the other great blogger posts for Tune Into Tech:  Math Edition.  Stop by  Learning to the Core and iTeach 1:1 for more like this or to link-up yourself. 



         

8 comments:

  1. So many great ideas in this post for making math authentic, and what kid isn't fascinated by weather?! Especially a Chicago kid during a Polar Vortex.;) Thanks for linking up!
    Kristin
    iTeach 1:1

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  2. Love the idea of incorporating these into our "Calendar Time!" The kids would go crazy for all of this information and it makes the learning so much more authentic! Thanks so much for the great ideas-I will be marking these websites down so I remember them! PS I literally laughed out loud as you talked about turning to the clouds..."not the digital kind that no one understands..." hahah SO true! Thanks for linking up!

    Amanda
    Learning to the Core

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  3. I love the idea of using weather websites to work on math skills. I never would have thought of that. I found your blog through TPT this morning and am featuring your Zoo unit (area and perimeter) on my blog today. Hope you get a chance to visit.

    A Teaspoon of Teaching

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  4. I'm hoping I don't see Jim Cantore anytime soon around where I live....hurricane season has already officially started. Everytime I see him on T.V. now I'm going to yell....Jim Cantore the Math Guy...kinda like Bill Nye....lol!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  5. What a collection of great ideas! I taught a young man once that loved learning about the weather and I struggled to create activities that covered middle school standards. I did have him graphing weather patterns and compared temperatures (with decimals). I wish I had thought of these at the time!

    Stephanie
    Technology Timeout

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  6. I love that Young Meteorologist site! Will have to share that with our teachers.
    Using temperatures to find mean, mode and median...such a great idea.
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun 

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  7. Way cool. You had me at Jim Cantore. Did you ever see him take down a college kid trying to steal some fame? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTmzmTlaVBY He's the man! But, educationally speaking of course, I do weather in my second grade curriculum, and this is great. I wanted to make it more a part of our daily routine anyway, and this was inspiring. Cool beans!
    ~Heather
    The Meek Moose

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