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What's Temperature Got To Do With It?

 
Many people check the newspaper, TV or radio for the local weather forecast on a daily basis. Why? How does the forecast affect our daily lives ?
 
In what ways does the weather affect your parent's job(s)? If you are a construction worker, rain or snow may interfere with your work because you cannot get your materials wet. If you are an office worker, your day is only affected when you travel to and from work. If you are a professional skier, a lack of snow makes it difficult to practice your sport.
 
How does the weather affect transportation.If you normally walk to school, your parent may give you a ride when the weather is too cold, too wet or too hot. In the same way, we choose what to wear depending on the forecast. You wouldn’t wear a jacket if it’s supposed to be 90 degrees that day.
 
Do you plan your activities around the weather?
 

SURVEY IT!

Take a survey of your classmates. Ask about their activities (sports, hobbies, clubs, vacations, etc.) that depend on weather.

Possible questions include:

  • What sports do you play in the winter?
  • What activities/clubs do you participate in during the winter?
  • What sports do you play in the summer?
  • What activities/clubs do you participate in during the summer?
 
Make a bar graph or pie chart for each season (winter and summer) showing the different answers from your classmates. Your chart might look like this:
 

Analysis

  1. Are there some sports and activities only done in winter? Why?
  2. Are there some sports and activities only done in summer? Why?
  3. Are some sports and activities done in both seasons? Why?
  4. What conclusions can you make about how the weather affects our daily lives?

 

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Updated October 24, 2008 by: Glen Westbroek

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