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Where is the wettest part of the playground?

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Author: Alan Rodgers, TRE Moderator (12 Apr 04)

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At a Glance
SubjectGeographyGeography
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Age RangePrimaryPrimary
 Key Stage 2Key Stage 2
 Year 6Year 6
 Year 3Year 3
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TimescaleProjectProject
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ScopeIndividual teacherIndividual teacher
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Resource TypeClass TeachingClass Teaching
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Development StageDeveloping IdeaDeveloping Idea
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DescriptionThis activity is about encouraging children to collect accurate rainfall data and consider factors which may affect accuracy. It related both to the weather and data collection (geography and science) along with a fair test (science).
 
ObjectiveGeography - Unit 18: Connecting ourselves to the world
Unit 7: Weather around the world
Unit 11: Water
QCA ICT - Unit 5D: Introduction to spreadsheets
Science - links with using instruments correctly and the water cycle
 
AssessmentCan the children give sensible reasons why the position of the rain gauge is important to accurate rainfall recording?

Can the children appreciate that it is not the most rain collected in a rain gauge that is the most accurate measure of how much rain has fallen?
 
Prior KnowledgeChildren should:
? Know how to a measure rainfall accurately
? Know how to record data onto a recording sheet
 
ExpectationsChildren will:
? gain an appreciation of the importance of the way you site your rain gauge
? be aware of the way precipitation data is collected and recorded.
 
HintsIt is important to realise that real rainfall data is collected in millimetres but this data may be collected in millilitres.
 
MaterialsMS Excel Example filled in Excel spreadsheet - Excel spreadheet filled in to show how the graph will draw itself once data is entered.

MS Excel Excel Spreadsheet ready to adapt and fill in - This spreadsheet has been ready st up with a graph. The graph will draw itself once data is entered. The locations can be altered to fit the site chosen by the children.

Progressive JPEG School Plan - An example of a school plan used to plot the sites of the rain guages. This may also help the chidlren in deciding on the influences on the rain guages (wall, leaking downpipe etc.).

Website Weather for Schools - Rainfall page. See also 'More About precipitation'.

Website Weather Underground - Use to find rainfall data in your area. Also good to look at and see what rainfall is like elsewhere on the same day. See instructions in lesson plan.

MS Word Lesson Plan - This activity is about encouraging children to collect accurate rainfall data and consider factors which may affect accuracy. It related both to the weather and data collection (geography and science) along with a fair test (science).

 

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Alan Rodgers, TRE Moderator
(30 Dec 05)
TRE comment Link checked - The link worked on this date -31.1.08.
 


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MS ExcelExample filled in Excel spreadsheet (17 kb)
MS ExcelExcel Spreadsheet ready to adapt and fill in (17 kb)
Progressive JPEGSchool Plan (32 kb)
WebsiteWeather for Schools
WebsiteWeather Underground
MS WordLesson Plan (43 kb)
 
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