The Weather Watchers kit was designed to teach students weather concepts including observation of weather and the collection of weather data over time. With this kit, students will be able to measure air pressure, wind speed, and temperature using real meteorological tools. Activities for making a sling psychrometer to measure relative humidity, making a barometer, forecasting the weather, and making a weather map are also included.

Grade/Subject

4, 6, ES

SOL Concepts/Skills

Investigate and understand how weather conditions and phenomena occur and can be predicted (4.1, 4.6, 6.6); meterological tools (4.6); properties of air including pressure, temperature and humidity, and basic information from weather maps (4.6, 6.6, ES.1, ES.12).

Kit Contents: 

  • Materials include 1 aneroid barameter
  • 1 hygrometer
  • 1 thermometer
  • 1 rain gauge and holder
  • 1 anemometer (wind meter)
  • 5 sling psychrometers
  • 1 magnetic compass
  • 1 weather radio and directions for use
  • extra battery
  • 10 weather cyclers (student)
  • 1 weather cycler (teacher copy for overhead)
  • 1 weather cycler study activity pamplet set and answer key
  • 10 cloud charts
  • 1 U.S. map
  • 1 weekly weather data chart
  • 1 set of markers for overhead transparencies and laminated maps and charts

The kit also includes publications including:

  • USA Today: The Weather Book
  • The Weather Channel: The Weather Classroom
  • Delta Science Reader: Weather Watching
  • Delta Science Reader: Weather Instruments
  • National Energy Foundation: Teach with Energy! (K-3)
  • National Energy Foundation: Teach with Energy! (4-6)
  • and The Sense of Weather DVD.