World of Tan 17 - Weather

Stage: 2 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

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.