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Year 1

# Measuring the weather

I can use different equipment to measure and map the weather in the school grounds.

New
New
Year 1

# Measuring the weather

I can use different equipment to measure and map the weather in the school grounds.

## Lesson details

### Key learning points

1. A thermometer measures how hot or cold the air is and the reading can be affected by the time of day or season.
2. We can measure rainfall using a gauge or count the number of rainy days within a given time, such as a week.
3. A weather vane uses compass directions to show where the wind is coming from.
4. We can build up a better picture of the weather pattern by taking weather readings at the same time and place each day.

### Common misconception

Using a thermometer to take a reading is an accurate representation of the temperature.

Temperature can change depending on the time of day. When taking the temperature and comparing it over time, it needs to be taken at the same time everyday to make it a fair test.

### Keywords

• Season - The seasons are four times of year that have different weather and they are spring, summer, autumn and winter.

• Thermometer - A thermometer is an instrument which is used to measure temperature.

• Reading - When you take a reading you record the measurement shown on the instrument.

• Fair test - A fair test is an investigation where only one thing is different each time. For example, by measuring at the same place and time so only the day is different.

Have some equipment ready for the children to look at and explore.
Teacher tip

### Equipment

Thermometers, weather vane, water gauge

### Licence

This content is © Oak National Academy Limited (2024), licensed on Open Government Licence version 3.0 except where otherwise stated. See Oak's terms & conditions (Collection 2).

## Starter quiz

### 6 Questions

Q1.
Geographers track the weather so that ...
we can go to school.
Correct answer: we know which clothes to wear.
Correct answer: we can plan appropriate activities.
Q2.
What equipment is used to measure the temperature?
a water gauge
a weather vane
Q3.
What is temperature is measured in?
Correct Answer: degrees Celsius , Celsius (°C), degrees °C, °C, Celsius
Q4.
What can fresh water fall to the ground as?
sun
Q5.
What is the weather like in this picture?
dull
Q6.
What does a weather vane show us?
Correct Answer: wind direction, blowing from, where the wind is coming from, where the wind is blowing from

## Exit quiz

### 6 Questions

Q1.
Geographers record and __________ the weather to look for patterns.
experience
find
Q2.
What is this piece of equipment called?
a water tap
a water filter
Q3.
What can the temperature reading on a thermometer be affected by?
weekends
Correct answer: the time of day
Q4.
Match each piece of equipment to what it is used to measure.

wind direction

temperature

rain water

Q5.
What can you do to make sure that weather readings are fair?
taking the readings at a different time each day