Skip over navigation
Guide and features
Guide and features
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Featured Early Years Foundation Stage; US Kindergarten
Featured UK Key Stage 1&2; US Grades 1-4
Featured UK Key Stage 3-5; US Grades 5-12
Featured UK Key Stage 1, US Grade 1 & 2
Featured UK Key Stage 2; US Grade 3 & 4
Featured UK Key Stages 3 & 4; US Grade 5-10
Featured UK Key Stage 4 & 5; US Grade 11 & 12
World of Tan 17 - Weather
Children you might like to:
Complete the silhouettes of a watering can and of a man rescuing one of his sheep.
Investigate the difference between climate and weather.
Find how much rain fell during January and February where you live.
Talk to the older people in your family about weather before you were born. Do they think the weather is getting worse or improving overall?
Use the Internet to find out about the weather in Beijing or Kowloon or Xi'an.
Find out what happens when plants become water - logged.
Parents you might like to:
Consider the difference between the UK, England, Britain and the British Isles, just what do they all mean and why Little Ming and Fung could get confused.
Explore how big a topic of conversation the state of the weather really is. What are people concerned about?
Think about the weather where you live, list the many words used to describe it and then keep a record of the following month's weather.
Look at local, regional and national weather forecast and begin keeping a record to see how accurate they are.
Investigate the temperature scales - Centigrade, Fahrenheit and Absolute
Find out more about the proverbs and folklore associated with weather. e.g. red sky at night...
Teachers you might like to:
Explore how the weather and its associated images are used in literature.
Investigate local/ national weather statistics - discuss ways of recording that information as well as build upon the ideas of average and diversity.
Use the Internet to explore weather statistics for your region/ locality. Can you indentify any trends? What changes can you spot?
Develop work on directed number by considering temperatures like those in Siberia of minus 50. How much warmer is it where you are?
Explore with a calculator the alogorithms used for converting degrees Centigrade to degrees Fahrenheit and vice versa.
Study the television and radio - to compare and contrast their styles of informing the public about the weather. Alternatively you might like to get the children to role play - being a weather presenter.
Meet the team
The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners. To support this aim, members of the NRICH team work in a wide range of capacities, including providing professional development for teachers wishing to embed rich mathematical tasks into everyday classroom practice. More information on many of our other activities can be found here.
Register for our mailing list
Copyright © 1997 - 2012. University of Cambridge. All rights reserved.
NRICH is part of the family of activities in the
Millennium Mathematics Project