Students make predictions and collect data about the weather between Groundhog's Day and the First Day of Spring.
Setting up the observations takes about half an hour initially. A quick internet search gave me the average temperatures month by month for my area. I used www.currentresults.com. Students should record the average temperature so they can determine if they are experiencing warmer or cooler weather than usual.
I scheduled a different student each day to observe and record the temperature. This can be done with an outdoor thermometer or the internet. About once a week, I had the students determine the average for that week and mark it on the graph.
It was a challenge at first to keep up with weekends. I discovered that http://www.nws.noaa.govhas archived temperatures for major cities. Our school has a Weather Bug station so I could get results on my phone. If your school doesn’t have one, you might see if a school in your district does.
I have included two charts to record temperatures. One is for a typical calendar and the other is for Leap Year.
This science observation is organized according to the format: Question, Prediction, Materials, Procedure, Data, and Conclusion. I write up all of my science activities this way. A colleague shared with me the mnemonic Queen Patty Made Poor Derek Cry to help my students remember the parts of the experiment.
I hope you enjoy this activity with your students.