Utah Core Standards

The STANDARDS CORRELATION chart suggests which Utah Core Standards you can cover using PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE in your classroom. We hope you will discover additional standards you can use. These are the ones our Instructional Materials Development team felt most directly related to the activities contained in PASSPORT TO WEATHER AND CLIMATE.

For additional Utah Core Standards you can cover see the STANDARDS CORRELATION chart for the following PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE projects:

PASSPORT TO ANTARCTICA

PASSPORT TO THE RAINFOREST

PASSPORT TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM

LIVE FROM MARS 2001/2002

PASSPORT TO THE UNIVERSE

Elementary Standards: Kindergarten,   First Grade,   Second Grade,   Third Grade,   Fourth Grade,   Fifth Grade
Middle School Standards: Sixth Grade,   Seventh Grade,   Eighth Grade

Kindergarten

TOPIC: Five Senses

Students will make observations using the five senses.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Identify the five senses and communicate the kind of information that each sense provides.

 

Observe common objects and living things from the surroundings using each of the five senses.

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Use appropriate language to report observations made through each sense.

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Make observations using a combination of senses and communicate observations.

 

Make observations about an object using more than one sense.

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Name the senses used to gather information in a given situation.

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Compare and report the information derived from each sense.

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Use instruments to extend the senses.

 

Make observations using tools (e.g., glasses, binoculars, hearing aids, stethoscopes, etc.) to extend the sense of sight and the sense of hearing.

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Record and compare observations made using senses alone and then observations made assisted by instruments.

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TOPIC: Seasons

Students will observe weather and describe how seasonal changes affect living things.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Observe and record different weather conditions.

 

Use the senses to observe the weather each day over a period of time.

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Graph changes in weather over the period observed.

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Describe the different types of weather observed as the seasons change.

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Observe and describe seasonal changes and communicate how those changes affect living things.

 

Observe how plants look during different seasons.

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Observe how people dress and behave differently based on seasonal changes.

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Describe how plants and animals respond to changes in seasons.

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Generalize from data the typical weather for a season.

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First Grade

TOPIC: Weather

Students will observe and describe the basic components of weather as related to the activities of plants, animals, and people.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Observe and record daily changes and seasonal patterns in the weather.

 

Observe and describe the basic components of weather.

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Record characteristics of weather observed.

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Graph daily differences in weather conditions.

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Investigate the effect of weather on the daily life of plants, animals, and people.

 

Describe changes in appearance and behavior of plants and animals as the weather changes.

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Compare and contrast activities of people and animals in your community during different weather conditions.

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Show how people and animals adapt to changes in the weather (e.g.,draw a picture, write a report, make a collage, etc.).

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Second Grade

TOPIC: Heat and Light

Students will gather data about properties of heat and communicate observations.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Measure temperature and communicate observations.

 

Use a Celsius thermometer to measure temperature.

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Observe, record, and graph temperature changes over time.

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TOPIC: Heat and Light

Students will gather data about properties of light and communicate observations.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Observe and describe different colors of light.

 

Observe and communicate colors of rainbows, sunsets, and sunrises.

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TOPIC: Heat and Light

Students will investigate and describe the effect of light on heating objects of various colors.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Compare and graph the heating by light of different colored objects.

 

Measure and record temperatures of objects placed in light.

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Graph and communicate temperature measurements of objects heated by light.

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Communicate conclusions about the effect of color and heating by light.

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Observe and communicate the effect of changing the distance from a light source.

 

Predict the relative heating effect by light on objects located at different distances from a light source.

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Measure, graph, and record temperatures of objects placed at different distances from a light source.

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Communicate observations from heating objects at different distances from a light source

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Fourth Grade

TOPIC: Water

Students will explain the water cycle.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Explain the processes of melting, precipitation, evaporation, condensation, percolation, and erosion.

 

Collect and record data on the various processes listed.

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Set up or draw apparatus which will cause water to change form.

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Explain in their own words the processes listed and the relationships between them.

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Construct a chart or drawing of the water cycle.

 

Make a model of the water cycle (e.g., drawing, computer simulation, physical model).

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Explain in their own words what "cycle" in water cycle means.

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Explain how a change in one part of the cycle would affect other parts.

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Create a story taking a drop of water through the water cycle.

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TOPIC: Atmosphere and Weather

Students will observe, record, analyze, and predict weather.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Identify the elements of weather.

 

Explain the role of water as it relates to weather.

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Relate air and air movement to weather.

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Describe some effects of the sun on weather.

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Describe some effects of geographical factors on weather.

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Measure and record elements of weather.

 

Design and construct weather measurement devices.

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Use instruments to measure temperature, humidity, air pressure, and wind speed and direction.

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Record elements of weather over a period of time.

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Predict weather based on qualitative and quantitative observations.

 

Collect and record data from weather observations.

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Demonstrate the relationship between weather observations and seasonal weather patterns.

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Evaluate the accuracy of weather forecasts.

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Eighth Grade

TOPIC: Earth's Atmospheric Systems

Students will analyze the relationship between the sun's energy, the atmosphere, and Earth.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Analyze the influence of the sun's energy on the atmosphere.

 

Research and report on how the sun's energy affects global weather systems (e.g., ocean temperature, angle of suns rays, pollution).

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Design and perform an experiment to measure solar energy.

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Evaluate an experiment performed to measure solar energy.

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Using appropriate technology, analyze local atmospheric systems.

 

Using tools of meteorology, collect, graph, interpret, and analyze current weather data.

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Using weather instruments, predict the weather on a daily basis and compare to media forecasts.

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Using data, generalize local weather patterns (e.g., lake effect storms, canyon winds, dry summers).

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Determine the limitations of science and technology in predicting and controlling the weather.

 

Research how new technologies have changed scientists' understanding of atmospheric systems (e.g., satellites, Doppler radar).

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Contrast the scientific study of weather with the use of pseudoscience to predict or "control" the weather.

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Describe how technological advances in meteorology have improved the quality of life.

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TOPIC: Earth's Atmospheric Systems

Students will analyze the relationships between the atmosphere and biological systems.

 

OBJECTIVES:

 

Determine the consequences of atmospheric alteration to biological systems.

 

Identify atmospheric changes caused by living things throughout time (e.g., production of free oxygen, nitrogen cycle, microclimates, methane from organisms such as cattle, termites, and microorganisms).

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Collect and analyze data that relates to an atmospheric issue (e.g., ozone depletion, global warming, acid rain, automobile emissions).

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Research and report how atmospheric alteration has influenced lifestyles in Utah.

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Devise a plan to improve local air quality.

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Predict and illustrate future physical and biological changes on Earth based on current atmospheric trends.

 

Interpret data on atmospheric conditions

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Relate the effects of an existing plan designed to improve air quality (e.g., automobile emission tests, Clean Air Act, telecommuting) to future physical and biological changes on Earth.

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