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Correlation of Sky Watchers to the Alberta Science Curriculum Topic D: Weather Watch

An X indicates that the chapter provides teacher information and/or student activities to support the teaching of the general or specific learner expectation.

Table 1. Specific Curriculum Outcome - General Learner Expectations
General Learner Expectations1234567Supplement 1
5-8 Observe, describe and interpret weather phenomena; and relate weather to the heating and cooling of the Earth’s surface.XXXX  X 
5-9 Investigate relationships between weather phenomena and human activity.   XXX X
Table 2. Specific Curriculum Outcome - Specific Learner Expectations
Specific Learner Expectations1234567Supplement 1
Predict where, within a given indoor or outdoor environment, one is likely to find the warmest and coolest temperatures.        
Describe patterns of air movement, in indoor and outdoor environments, that result when one area is warm and another area is cool. X      
Describe and demonstrate methods for measuring wind speed and for finding wind direction.XX    X 
Describe evidence that air contains moisture and that dew and other forms of precipitation come from moisture in the air.  X     
Describe and measure different forms of precipitation, in particular, rain, hail, sleet, snow.X X   X 
Measure at least four different kinds of weather phenomena. Either student-constructed or standard instruments may be used.XX    X 
Record weather over a period of time.X     X 
Identify some common types of clouds, and relate them to weather patterns.X X   X 
Describe the effects of the Sun’s energy on daily and seasonal changes in temperature-- 24-hour and yearly cycles of change. XX     
Recognize that weather systems are generated because different surfaces on the face of Earth retain and release heat at different rates. X      
Understand that climate refers to long term weather trends in a particular region and that climate varies throughout the world.    X   
Recognize that human actions can affect climate, and identify human actions that have been linked to the greenhouse effect.    X   
Appreciate how important it is to be able to forecast weather and to have suitable clothing or shelter to endure various types of weather.   XX   
Test fabrics and clothing designs to choose those with characteristics that most effectively meet the challenges of particular weather conditions; e.g., water resistance, wind resistance, protection from cold.        

This curriculum correlation was conducted by Curriculum Services Canada CSC, the Pan-Canadian standards agency for quality assurance in learning products and programs.

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