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Free Teacher's Guides

Environment Canada has developed free teaching material on the topic of weather to address the needs of both elementary and secondary school teachers. All of the material is offered in html and PDF formats, for easy viewing or downloading. Refer to Teachers's Corner or the links below to learn more about the in-depth information that we provide.

Sky Watchers Guide

For those teaching students at the Grade 4 to Grade 7 level, our Sky Watchers Guide to Weather provides unique resources that address the weather-related learning outcomes of the Pan Canadian curriculum.

This user-friendly material explains in simple terms the basics of weather. It's filled with fast facts, activities, and experiments to help you help them.

To compliment the Sky Watchers guide, don’t forget to download our curriculum-based lesson plans.

Project Atmosphere Canada

Project Atmosphere Canada’s Teacher's Guide provides instructional information and activities to support teaching excellence in the atmospheric sciences and related topics in grades K-12 across Canada. The program’s goal is to promote an interest in meteorology amongst young people.

The program is supported by the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS), and the teacher’s guide contains 14 teaching modules that cover the following topics:

  1. Hazardous Weather  ( Thunderstorms -  Hurricanes  - Winter Storms )
  2. Weather Radar: Detecting Precipitation  
  3. Weather Radar: Detecting Motion
  4. The Coriolis Effect
  5. El Niño: The Atmosphere-Ocean Connection
  6. Air-Sea Interaction
  7. Clouds
  8. Pressure - Highs & Lows
  9. Westerlies and The Jet Streams
  10. Sunlight and Seasons
  11. The Atmosphere Aloft
  12. Water Vapour and The Water Cycle
  13. Weather Satellites
  14. Acid Rain

It can be downloaded free of charge from the CMOS’s web site at

Project Atmosphere – Canada (PAC) grew from the Project ATMOSPHERE initiative which was first developed by the American Meteorological Society (USA) as a national program. It’s goal was to improve teacher effectiveness in generating interest and understandings in atmospheric science, technology, and mathematics among students at precollege levels.

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