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1 Type of Activity: Game: Interactive activity that is competitive, and allows students to learn at the same time. Activity Overview: WeatherBug Bingo is a fun and engaging game for you to play with students! Bingo is a game of luck and concentration where students try to match the definition of a randomly selected weather term to their Weather Bingo cards. Target Grade Level: 5-12 Time: 30 minutes Learning Objectives: Students will: Use knowledge of weather terms Place chip in the appropriate space on the bingo card Add new words to vocabulary through game playing Supplies: WeatherBug Bingo cards and coordinating chips (10 Bingo cards included) Weather Word Index Cards (1 set following this page; cut to size) WeatherBug Bingo Study Sheet (1 copy included; make copies if you wish to give to each student as a follow-up to the activity) Play WeatherBug Bingo: Divide the students into 10 or less groups, and give each group a Bingo card and the coordinating chips. Shuffle your Weather Bingo cards. Pick one out of the stack and announce it to the students by giving the DEFINITION ONLY. Hearing the definition of the weather term, students will find the correct weather term and place a Bingo chip where it matches. The first group to get all words in a row (either up and down, or diagonally) and yell out BINGO first, WINS! A prize to the winning team is a great idea! After you ve played, go through each weather term and talk about its meaning with the students! How can teachers use this activity in WeatherBug Achieve? Activities/Lessons: All lessons have vocabulary words or key words. Tools: Map Gallery (Forecast icons) Library: Elementary Glossary ESOL Glossary Stormopedia

2 An instrument designed to measure wind speed and direction. An instrument that measures atmospheric pressure. (Anemometer) (Barometer) A temperature scale where zero is assigned to the temperature where water freezes and 100 to the temperature where water boils (at sea level). A transition zone where a cold air mass advances and replaces a warm air mass. (Celsius Scale) (Cold Front) The temperature to which the air must be cooled to condense (i.e. forms dew or frost). The region in the center of a hurricane or tropical storm where the winds are light and skies are clear to partly cloudy. (Dew Point) (Eye) A towering cloud in which thunderstorms are found. A temperature scale where 32 is assigned to the temperature where water freezes and 212 to the temperature where water boils (at sea level). (Cumulonimbus) (Fahrenheit Scale)

3 A cloud with its base at the Earth's surface. The only cloud you can touch when you are standing on the ground. Hint: Typically occurs in the morning and in mountain valleys. The transition zone between two different air masses. Hint: There are warm ones, cold ones and stationary ones. (Fog) (Front) The sound due to rapidly expanding gases along the channel of a lightning discharge. (Thunder) A scale of wind damage from tornadoes in which wind speeds are inferred from an analysis of wind damage: F0 (weak): mph, light damage. F1 (weak): mph, moderate damage. F2 (strong): mph, considerable damage. F3 (strong): mph, severe damage. F4 (violent): mph, devastating damage. F5 (violent): mph, (rare) incredible damage. (Fujita Scale) A tornado whose circulation has not reached the ground. Often appears as a rotating cone like cloud that extends downward from the base of a thunderstorm. Balls or chunks of ice which are produced due to strong updrafts in thunderstorms. (Funnel Cloud) (Hail) The temperature it feels like when you combine the air temperature with the relative humidity. Hint: Mainly a factor during the summer months. An intense, rotating column of air that protrudes from a cumulonimbus cloud in the shape of a funnel or a rope whose circulation is present on the ground. (Heat Index) (Tornado)

4 A severe tropical storm having winds in excess of 64 knots (74 mi/hr). Relatively strong winds that occur in the upper atmosphere. Weather systems get pushed by these upper-level winds. (Hurricane) (Jet Stream) A visible electrical discharge produced by thunderstorms. A front that moves in such a way that warm air replaces cold air. (Lightning) (Warm Front) The temperature it feels like when you combine the temperature with high winds. Hint: Mainly a factor during the winter months. A coastal local wind that blows from the ocean onto the land. (Wind Chill) (Sea Breeze) A type of precipitation consisting of small pellets of ice. Rainfall that freezes before it hits the ground. A low, gray cloud layer with a rather uniform base whose precipitation is most commonly drizzle. (Sleet) (Stratus Clouds)

5 Study Sheet Anemometer An instrument designed to measure wind speed and direction. Barometer An instrument that measures atmospheric pressure. Celsius Scale A temperature scale where zero is assigned to the temperature where water freezes and 100 to the temperature where water boils (at sea level). Cold Front A transition zone where a cold air mass advances and replaces a warm air mass. Cumulonimbus A towering cloud in which thunderstorms are found. Dew Point The temperature to which the air must be cooled to condense (i.e. forms dew or frost). Funnel Cloud A tornado whose circulation has not reached the ground. Often appears as a rotating cone-like cloud that extends downward from the base of a thunderstorm. Hail Balls or chunks of ice which are produced due to strong updrafts in thunderstorms. Heat Index The temperature it feels like when you combine the air temperature with the relative humidity. Hint: Mainly a factor during the summer months. Hurricane A severe tropical storm having winds in excess of 64 knots (74 mi/hr). Jet Stream Relatively strong winds that occur in the upper atmosphere. Weather systems get pushed by these upper-level winds. Eye The region in the center of a hurricane or tropical storm where the winds are light and skies are clear to partly cloudy. Fahrenheit Scale A temperature scale where 32 is assigned to the temperature where water freezes and 212 to the temperature where water boils (at sea level). Fog A cloud with its base at the Earth's surface. The only cloud you can touch when you are standing on the ground. Typically occurs in the morning and in mountain valleys. Front The transition zone between two different air masses. Hint: There are warm ones, cold ones and stationary ones. Fujita Scale A scale of wind damage from tornadoes in which wind speeds are inferred from an analysis of wind damage: - F0 (weak): mph, light damage. - F1 (weak): mph, moderate damage. - F2 (strong): mph, considerable damage. - F3 (strong): mph, severe damage. - F4 (violent): mph, devastating damage. - F5 (violent): mph, (rare) incredible damage. Lightning A visible electrical discharge produced by thunderstorms. Sea Breeze A coastal local wind that blows from the ocean onto the land. Sleet A type of precipitation consisting of small pellets of ice. Rainfall that freezes before it hits the ground. Stratus Clouds A low, gray cloud layer with a rather uniform base whose precipitation is most commonly drizzle. Thunder The sound due to rapidly expanding gases along the channel of a lightning discharge. Tornado An intense, rotating column of air that protrudes from a cumulonimbus cloud in the shape of a funnel or a rope whose circulation is present on the ground. Warm Front A front that moves in such a way that warm air replaces cold air. Wind Chill The temperature it feels like when you combine the temperature with high winds. Mainly a factor during the winter months.

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