Computer Skills Curriculum
Title: Weather Project
Other Curriculum Objectives that can be addressed by this lesson plan English
Language Arts 2.1, 2.2, 4.1; Science: (Gr. 7) 2.5, 4.1; Information Skills 1.5, 2.1;
Computer Skills: (Gr. 6) 3.3
Competency 3.3: Use telecomputing hardware and software to communicate with a
distant computer or an online service.
Measure 3.3.1: Collect weather data for one week to exchange with another class
in North Carolina.
Materials Needed: An account on a telecomputing service that provides e-mail
access to other teachers in North Carolina; a computer with modem and phone line; LCD
Panel (Optional); word processing and telecomputing software; thermometer and weather
vane; weather map handout for every two students.
Time: Seven class sessions -- a Monday through Friday for about 15 minutes each,
15 minutes on the following Monday, and an entire class session on Tuesday.
Terms: Telecomputing, Modem, Upload, Download, Bulletin Board Service, E-mail,
Log on, Log off, Internet, Information Highway
Glossary of Telecomputing Terms
Grade 6 Glossary
Day 1-5 (Monday - Friday)
- 1. Explain to the class that they will be collecting weather data each day this week,
while other classes in North Carolina will be doing the same. Tell them that at the end of
the week, each of the classes will be sending their collected data to via telecomputing.
Explain that the class will be using the data on the following Monday to create weather
maps of North Carolina for the week.
- 2. Take the class outside with a thermometer and weather vane and have a member of the
class write down the temperature, wind direction, cloud cover, and precipitation.
- 3. Return to the classroom and have a member of the class to use word processing
software to record the data on the template shown below.
- 4. Continue this process each day through Friday creating a new copy of the template for
each day's data. The templates should all be on the same file.
- 5. At the end of Friday's recording, take the class to the classroom or school
telecomputing center. If available, use an LCD Panel so that the entire class can view the
online session. Login to the online service describing the operation as it progresses. Ask
students questions about what you are doing, requiring them to use the proper terminology.
- 6. Upload the file that contains the week's collected weather data to all participating
Day 6 (the following Monday)
- 1. Take the class back to the classroom or school telecomputing center. Use an LCD Panel
if available. Login to the online service and ask students questions about what you are
doing. Retrieve all of the weather data that has been posted by the other participating
Day 7 (Tuesday)
- 1. Make copies of the weather data from each site for every two students in your class.
- 2. Divide the class into pairs. Give each pair a copy of the collected weather data and
a copy of the Weather Map Handout.
- 3. Ask the class to record the weather data collected from all of the participating
North Carolina sites on each day's map using appropriate weather symbols.
- 4. At the end of the class period collect the maps, check them for accuracy, and then
post them on a bulletin board.
Have students use the ideas from the Weather Project to write a paper on the following
(or similar) topic: "The Pros and Cons of Using Telecomputing to Monitor Pollution in
North Carolina Rivers."