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NOAA SciJinks: All About Weather


found in: science; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

NOAA SciJinks: All About Weather  is a source of articles, games, videos, and more on weather, satellite meteorology, and Earth science for grade 6-12 students and teachers. Activities support national education standards for science, technology, and math. Keyword search or browse resources under eight topic headings.

Educators  offers many resources including posters, glossary, and Classroom Activities  that can be adapted for younger students. Sizing Up the Clouds  ( PDF, 492 KB, 4 pgs.) asks students use different methods similar to methods used by forecasters to estimate precipitation from three simulated cloud types. Visit Next Generation Science Standards  to match standards and resources.

Games  lets students experiment with hurricanes and tornadoes, respond to a distress call somewhere at sea, simulate rainbows, compare weather myths from around the world and their scientific explanations, make lightning, and more.

Media  includes images of ocean life, weather phenomena, landforms, glaciers, volcanoes, solar storms, printable postcards, and other subjects.

Under topic heading Tides and Oceans, students and teachers will find How To Escape Rip Currents,  potentially lifesaving information for anyone who lives near or plans to visit an ocean this summer. It has photos, diagrams, and advice. Follow the link and download an updated NOAA rip current safety brochure.

How Do Satellites Help Save Lives  describes the SARSAT (Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking) system and introduces a Search and Rescue Specialist with the U.S. Coast Guard.

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