Science and Math Activity
Students research the weather in their state, and use graphic organizers to present the information as part of a brochure for prospective visitors and newcomers.
What You Need
- state maps and atlases
- almanacs and other references with weather statistics
- tourist brochures, booklets, and so forth, about state recreational activities
- construction paper
- art supplies
- stapler or other means of binding pages
What to Do
- Explain to students that early settlers in their state probably didn't know what weather they could expect from day to day. Point out that today, anyone considering a visit or move to your state can research that information. Tell students they will prepare a brochure about the seasonal weather and seasonal recreational activities in your state.
- If your state has distinctive regions, assign teams to be responsible for each region. Otherwise, divide responsibility for researching each season among teams of students. Each team will use various kinds of graphs to present data about specific aspects of weather in their state. These might include the following:
- precipitation in inches
- days of sun
- temperature range
- storm types and frequency
- As the teams organize their brochure pages, each should plan to include a map of the state (or region) and use illustrated insets to show where various seasonal activities take place. These should represent a diversity of outdoor interests, such as skiing, fishing, hiking, boating, cycling, foliage watching, and so forth.
- Have students publish (that is, bind and share) their brochures after preparing durable, illustrated covers and adding other information, such as a bibliography of helpful sources of information for tourists.
- As a follow-up, ask the whole group to discuss what they learned about their state as they researched and organized their data. Stimulate discussion with questions such as: What did you learn that you didn't know before? What places would you like to visit or what activities would you like to do as a result of your research?
- Have students consider what it might have been like for early settlers in your state during different types of weather. Then have each of them write a journal entry about the weather experienced by a settler of their age.
- Place the student brochures in the school library or make copies and distribute them at a local tourist office. This activity could also be the basis of an Internet project, in which students in other states also make weather brochures and exchange them with your class.