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Sky Watchers

Interactive Meteorology for Students and Teachers!

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Environment Canada is the home of the Sky Watchers Program. This program is an educational initiative which provides free teaching material on the subject of weather, including information, explanations, lesson plans, experiments, activities, posters, a full weather glossary, and a virtual & video tour of a weather forecasting office. The site also includes a detailed teacher's guide which is filled with information relating to weather stations, weather elements, severe weather in Canada, ultra violet radiation, air quality, and a host of other topics and areas of interest.

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The material is cross curricular - the educator can include more than science to achieve learning outcomes. Our teacher's guide and lesson plans are linked to specific Canadian curriculum learning outcomes. The Sky Watchers program can also be easily cross referenced to nonformal and informal teaching programs, such as Girl Guides, Scouts, and educational programs that are delivered through the community.

Girl holding a digital thermometer

Have you ever wanted to visit a weather forecasting office? Well, Sky Watchers offers two different ways to see how weather is forecast in Canada. The first, is a video tour of a real storm prediction centre, and the second is a virtual tour that includes a tour of a weather forecasting office, an instrument compound, and various monitoring networks. Don't delay, take your online tour today!

All Sky Watchers resources are bilingual and are available to download free of charge. Our resources are designed to meet the needs of today's teachers and to engage students in fun, hands-on science!