Weather Timeline

Curriculum in Focus Project


Key Question

Name of Activity

Time Needed

Key Topics


What do you study in weather science?

Eywitness Video “Weather”

Eyewitness Video Worksheet

50 minutes

All about weather

2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 3a, 3c, 4a, 4b, 4d, 4e, 6b,7h

What causes the seasons?

“Balloons Around the Sun” from Wild About Weather (p. 9-10)

50 minutes


4a, 4b

What are the basic ingredients of weather?

Reading “What Makes the Weather?” from Wild About Weather (p. 4-6)

Study Questions

50 minutes


Solar Energy

3a, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4e

How do different surfaces absorb sunlight?

“A Hot Contest” from Wild About Weather (p. 9)

50 minutes


Air Masses

3a 3c, 3d, 4a, 4b, 4d. 4e, 7b, 7c

How can you see the water cycle?

“Grass Under Glass” from Wild About Weather (p. 12)


50 minutes

Water Cycle

4a, 6b, 7h

What can you learn about the weather by watching the sky?


“Watch the Sky” from University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

15 min/night homework

for 2-3 weeks


Sky Observations

4a, 4b, 7h, 4d, 4e,

How do air masses, Highs and Lows, and fronts act together to make wind?

Reading “Air on the Move” from Wild About Weather (p. 15-17)

Study Questions

50 minutes

Air Masses



3a, 3c, 4a, 4d, 4e,

How does air's weight and pressure affect its movement?

“The Pressure is On” from Wild About Weather (p. 12)

20 minutes

Air Pressure


How does the pressure of air change from day to day?

“Make Your Own Barometer” from Wild About Weather (p. 66)


50 minutes

Air Pressure

Weather Instruments

4e, 7b

What patterns can we find in the direction of the wind?

Schoolyard Wind Walk

2x50 minutes periods

Air Pressure

Wind Patterns

Weather Instruments

4a, 4d, 7b, 7h,7f

How do clouds produce precipitation?

Reading “Mild and Wild Weather” from Wild About Weather (p. 26-28)

Study Questions

50 minutes



3a, 4a, 4d, 4e

What causes a storm?

"Follow the Front" from Wild about Weather (p. 21)

50 minutes

Air Pressure

Weather Systems

3a, 3c, 4b, 4d, 4e

How can people predict the weather?

Reading “The Weather Watchers” from Wild About Weather (p. 36-37)

Study Questions

50 minutes

Weather Forecasting

4e, 7f

What do the symbols on weather maps mean?

"Say it with Symbols" from Wild about Weather (p. 39) extended using current weather maps from daily newspaper


50 minutes

Weather Forecasting

4e, 7f

What is the weather like all across the United States?

"First with the Forecast" from Wild about Weather (p. 41-42)

50 minutes

Weather Forecasting

4e, 7f, 7g, 7h

How will climate change affect our future?

Reading “People and Weather” from Wild About Weather (p. 49-50)

Study Questions

50 minutes



4a, 5e,6a,

How does the weather affect different jobs?

 “Careers and Weather” from University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

35 minutes


Writing Across the Curriculum



Beyond the lessons listed here, there is more fun to be had in the Ranger Rick weather book.  “Fishy Forecasts (p. 40)”  

and “Weagevia (p. 57)” promote whole-class problem solving with impossible or extreme weather scenarios. 

If your emphasis is on literature and social science connections, the “Weather Master Myth (pp. 7-8)” activity

can provide a gentle and creative introduction to more modern weather science.