Groundhog Predictions
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          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.

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