The National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in White Lake will once again operate a program called the “WeatherBox”. This program will aid in the study of weather and the atmosphere. The WeatherBox was conceived to provide a week’s worth of weather materials for you to use in your class and also designed to meet some science standards. There are lesson plans, experiments and many other materials to use.
The WeatherBox is only available for schools in the responsibility area of the NWS WFO White Lake. This area includes Southeast Michigan in the following counties: Midland, Bay, Huron, Saginaw, Tuscola, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee, and Monroe.
Specifically, the WeatherBox includes the following materials:
* Weather instruments including a rain gage, anemometer, psychrometers, and thermometers
* Additional supplies to conduct the experiments (safety goggles, hair dryer, balloons, etc.)
* Weather Radio
* Reference books
* Several poster sized charts (i.e., cloud chart, four seasons chart, etc.)
* Four lesson plans
1) Weather Observations, Forecasts and Climate
2) Temperature and Rising/Sinking Air
3) Clouds and Precipitation
4) Atmospheric Pressure
The WeatherBox is designed for classes in the upper elementary to middle school grade levels, specifically 5th through 8th grades. However, much of this material could be useful for any school level.
The WeatherBox is yours to use for two weeks (one week for planning, one week for use). We kindly ask that you take care of the WeatherBox, as other teachers throughout Southeast Michigan will also be using the box. When you are finished with the box, we will ask you to please fill out the survey and inventory sheet. The rain gage is for you and your class to keep and use.
Requests will be gathered from September 15th through October 6th. One request per county will be rewarded at that time, based on a first come, first serve basis in that individual county. After October 6th all WeatherBox assignments will be on a first come, first serve basis. The available time slots include…
· November 7 to 18
· December 1 to 15
· January 30 to February 10
· February 20 to March 2
· March 12 to 23
The NWS will deliver and pick up the WeatherBox, prior to and just after the scheduled two weeks. If you would like to request the WeatherBox, or if you have additional questions, you can contact me by e-mailing Richard.Pollman@noaa.gov or by calling (248) 625-3309 Ext. 726.
We hope that you find the WeatherBox helpful for the weather portion of your curriculum!