Objective: Students will learn many aspects of weather by tossing and catching a
Materials: Weather Clever Catch ball, answer list, timer and scorekeeper
Background: Eight million people around the world tune into the weather forecast.
Once we hear the forecast, we then plan our daily activities.
In ancient history, weather forecasting was based solely upon observations of the sky.
In 1634, an Italian scientist, Evangelista Torricelli, invented the barometer. It measured
air pressure and was the beginning of the invention of several weather-measuring
instruments. Weather forecasting took a leap forward after WWI and then again upon
the invention of computer. Forecasting weather is now more advanced and safer than
Two or more players toss the ball to each other, answering the problem underneath or
closest to their left thumb.
Each problem is numbered and enclosed in its own space, assuring the student will
know which problem to answer.
Refer to answer list for each problem's correct solution.
Select a timekeeper (or can be the teacher) if entire class is going to play. Allow 1
minute to answer each question.
Line students up in 2 lines, facing each other and have students toss ball to the student
facing him/her. When both students have had a chance to answer a question, the ball
gets passed to the next pair. Play continues until all students have had an opportunity to
answer a question.
Score can be kept on the board. The team that wins gets to be in charge of forecasting
the weather for the next week.
Have students play the games in the "Wild Weather Cards" pack included in the Wacky
Weather Trunks. All of these games re-enforce weather terminology and facts.
Invite a local meteorologist to your classroom to discuss his/her job.
Visit the Big Sioux Water Festival web site and do the Weather Wizards activity.
SD Standards for 4th grade:
4.R.1.1; 4.R.1.2; 4.R.2.3; 4.R.5.1
Deductive Thinking, Observation
Prior Preparation: Inflate the Weather
Clever Catch Ball. Review with your
students the weather facts that have
been part of your weather unit.