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Grade Level: Grade 4.

Estimated Time for Completing Activity: 1 class period.

Learning Outcomes:
  • The student will review weather terms after a unit on weather is completed.
National Standards:
  • Standard D - Objects in the Sky: The sun, moon, stars, clouds, birds, and airplanes all        have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described.
Virginia Standards of Learning:
  • Science 4.6 : The student will investigate and understand how weather conditions and phenomena occur and can be predicted.
Prerequisite: Completed lessons on weather.

Vocabulary: Weather terms listed as answers on the Teacher's version of List of Questions/Answers

Lesson Links:

What is "weather"? Weather is the name given to everyday changes that occur in the atmosphere (layer of air surrounding Earth).  Some examples of changes that might be considered as "weather" are rain, snow, sleet, drought, storms, and hurricanes.  Even a dry, still, clear day is considered "weather", since it may be different from a past or future day's weather.

Energy from the sun is the most important factor in causing our weather.  The way that the Earth's surface heats up and cools off causes the winds and the changes in the atmosphere. The main components of weather are temperature, air pressure, air currents, and water in its various forms.

Different locations in the world have different types of weather.  The general weather of a location over a long period of time is called its "climate".

For additional background information, visit S'COOL Website and Web Weather for Kids.


  • Before beginning, you need to have a jeopardy board for students to select categories and points. You could make it several ways. One way is to cut a large sheet of bulletin board paper and put colored sheets of construction paper over the squares with the amount of points for each category on each piece and then remove them as the students select that point category. This is very visual for the students. An easier way would be to draw the game board on the white board and then erase each square as the students elect those points. The game board should look something like this:

    Water Cycle Cloud Type Weather
       100 100 100 100 100
         200 200 200 200 200
         300 300 300 300 300
         400 400 400 400 400
         500 500 500 500 500

  1. Divide the class into 2 groups, they are to stay in their seats. Select 1 student at a time to choose a category and the amount of points they wish to try for.


  2. Assign time keeper and decide how much time to allow for each answer. Assign scorekeeper.


  3. Pass out blank worksheets to each student. They are to fill in the answer to each question and turn it in at the end of class. This holds all students accountable for reviewing and participating. Also, walking around and spot checking raises their level of concern.

  4. As students select category, erase or mark through that square. See Teacher Copy for answers (what the teacher reads) and for questions (what the students ask). You may need to adapt the list to meet your needs.

  5. You may select a couple questions ahead of time to be Double Jeopardy questions.
Extensions: Ask students to develop their own list of categories, with answers and questions for a related but more in-depth  topic, such as Ozone or Greenhouse gases.

Teacher Notes:
  • This game was demonstrated at a NASA workshop. I've written down specific questions and answers to go along with a 4th grade weather unit (or can be adapted for any grade).
  • To introduce the lesson, you may want to use one or more NASA eClips videos , “Our World: What is Weather?”, “Our World: What is a Hurricane?”, “Our World: Snowflakes”, and “Real World: A-Train”. The videos can be used to introduce the lesson or can be incorporated as a review.  You may also do a search of other weather-related eClips videos by entering “weather”, or "hurricanes", etc., in the Search box on the NASA eClips website.
Assessment: All students participate for each question and are held accountable. Also, the student worksheets are handed in to check for completion.

Reference: Lesson Plan submitted by Karen Hooker, Williamsburg James City County Public Schools, Williamsburg, VA, USA, for NASA's S'COOL Project. Updated August 2009 by S'COOL team.

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