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  1. Start Your Field Trip WEATHER A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. John Steinbeck Hey boys and girls! I’m Mark Reynolds. You may recognize me as the chief meteorologist for Newschannel 11. I’m going to be your guest tour guide for our trip today! I’m really excited, so grab your field trip guides and let’s get started! Click on Stop 1 to get started

  2. Stop 1 Let’s begin here at my weather station at Newschannel 11. Does this map look familiar? If you have watched my weather reports, you have probably seen it. This is a radar map that shows precipitation over our area. Notice that there is no precipitation showing up at this time.

  3. Stop 1 Here is another radar map of the United Sates. Using the key at the top, you can see that the northeastern part of the country is having a lot of rainfall. What other parts of the country are having rain? Go ahead to Stop 2! Hurricane Dolly/ flood warning Answer Mark’s question, then click here to see if you’re correct. Southern Texas, Gulf of Mexico, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, parts of Montana

  4. Stop 2 Tri-Cities Regional Airport I bet some of you have been here before if you have ever flown. That’s right! We are now at our airport. There is a weather station that we are going to visit that will help us learn more about weather.

  5. Stop 2 Here we will learn about warm and cold fronts. When air masses meet at a front, the collision often results in changeable weather, or rainfall. Look at the illustrations of cold and warm fronts. Describe how cold and warm fronts form. Can either kind of front bring rainy weather?

  6. Stop 2 Cold fronts generally move from northwest to southeast. The air behind a cold front is noticeably colder and drier than the air ahead of it. As a symbol, a cold front is represented by a solid line with triangles along the front pointing towards the warmer air and in the direction of movement.

  7. Stop 2 Warm fronts generally move from southwest to northeast and the air behind a warm front is warmer and more moist than the air ahead of it. When a warm front passes through, the air becomes warmer and more humid than it did before. A warm front is represented by a solid line with semicircles pointing towards the colder air and in the direction of movement. Go on to Stop 3 Can you spot the warm & cold fronts?

  8. Stop 3 Here we are at the National Weather Service Station in Morristown, TN. Here we are going to do a SCAVENGER HUNT about how scientists use data to study and forecast the weather. In a future lesson with Mr. Doty, you will get to build some of the tools and instruments they use to collect this information! Click on the logo above to visit the NWS website and use your field trip guide to answer the questions. After you finish the SCAVENGER HUNT, click “End of Trip.”

  9. End of Trip Well, unfortunately our trip has reached its end. I had an awesome time getting to explore the world of weather with your class! Mr. Doty will now show you a video and/or a podcast and review what we learned today. Be sure to watch me every night at 6:00 to get your forecast and learn more about weather! While waiting for others to finish, you may work ahead on the definitions on the back page of your field trip guide. Raise your hand when you’re finished, and Mr. D will start the video/podcast for you. Video clip: Podcast:

  10. Glossary Anemometer an instrument used to measure wind speed. Cold front the transition zone where a cold air mass is replacing a warmer air mass. Meteorologist a scientist that reports and forecasts weather conditions. Precipitation falling products of condensation in the atmosphere, as rain, snow, or hail. Thermometer an instrument for measuring temperature, often a sealed glass tube. Warm front the transition zone where a warm air mass is replacing a cold air mass. Weather Vane an instrument used to measure wind direction.

  11. Our Virtual Field Trip WEATHER A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. John Steinbeck Josh Doty 6th Grade Science JOHN SEVIER MIDDLE SCHOOL Kingsport, Tennessee

  12. Standard & Synopsis Earth and Space Science Standard Number: 8.0 Atmospheric Cycles The student will investigate the relationships among atmospheric conditions, weather, and climate. Learning Expectations: 8.2 Investigate the relationship between the collection of weather data and its interpretation. SYNOPSIS The class will embark on a journey to several weather testing/research centers that are close to our school (within 50 miles) via the internet. We will learn about weather-related terminology & information, weather-mapping, and the instruments that are used in this field of study. We will also have a virtual guest tour guide, Mr. Mark Reynolds (a certified meteorologist from one of our local stations), join us along the way!

  13. Materials/Objectives Materials Students will use the teacher-made Field Trip Guide as they progress through the activity. The teacher may use this tool as a formative assessment. To open an example of this guide in MS Word for your own use or reference, click here. Objectives The students will learn about terms and concepts related to the symbols and instruments used in weather forecasting.

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