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. 



         
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