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WEATHER UNIT PRETEST
4th Grade
1. What does a meteorologist do? __________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
2. Match the following weather instruments to what they are used for:
____ thermometer
a. Used to measure wind speed
____ rain gauge
b. Used to measure atmospheric pressure
____ barometer
c. Used to measure temperature
____ wind vane
d. Used to measure amount of rainfall
____ anemometer
e. Used to measure the direction of wind
3. Why is a weather map useful?___________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________
4. Match the following weather symbols to their definitions:
____
a. cold front
____
b. warm front
____
c. stationary front
____
d. snow
____
e. rain
____
f. clear
5. How are clouds formed?_______________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
6. What is the difference between weather and climate? ________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________
WEATHER UNIT PRETEST
(Alternative Assessment)
Directions: Write a T for true and an F for false.
_____ 1. A meteorologist studies sports.
_____ 2. A thermometer measures the amount of rain that has fallen.
_____ 3. A barometer is used to measure wind speed.
_____ 4. A wind vane is used to measure the direction of the wind.
_____ 5. A anemometer is used to measure atmospheric pressure.
_____ 6. A rain gauge is used to measure temperature.
_____ 7. A weather map shows areas of the world and the weather taking place in each area.
_____ 8. This symbol (
_____ 9. This symbol (
) means rain.
) means a warm front.
_____ 10. This symbol ( ) means clear weather.
_____ 11. This symbol (
_____ 12. This symbol (
_____ 13. This symbol (
) means a stationary front.
) means snow.
) means a cold front.
_____ 14. Clouds are formed from water vapor and dust particles.
_____ 15. Weather is what happens in the atmosphere every day and climate is the average weather
over a long period of time.
WEATHER TRIVIA
(Advanced Learners)
1. How hot is lightning?
_________________________ degrees Fahrenheit
2. The largest hailstone on record was _____________ in circumference and weighed _________ lbs.
3. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was 134 degrees Fahrenheit. Where was it?
____________________________________________________________________________
4. Vostok, Antarctica holds the record for the coldest temperature on Earth. How cold was it?
_____________________ degrees Fahrenheit
5. What do the letters “NWS” represent? ________________________________________________
6. On what continent would you find the windiest spot in the world? __________________________
7. If the time between the lightning bolt and thunder is 10 seconds, how far away is the storm?
________________________ miles
8. Georgia has an average of ______________ tornadoes per year.
9. Which two U.S. states have record highs no greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit?
___________________________________ and _______________________________
10. How fast do raindrops fall? Between ______________ and ______________ miles per hour
WEATHER INSTRUMENTS
Directions: For homework, write a description of how each weather instrument is used in helping to
forecast weather.
1.
Barometer - ________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________
2.
Anemometer - _____________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________
3.
Thermometer - ___________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
4.
Rain Gauge - ____________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
5.
Wind Vane - ____________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________
WEATHER DATA SHEET
Directions: Use this sheet every day when collecting data from the weather station. You will use this
information to produce charts/tables and to make weather forecasts.
Monday:
Temperature - _____________
Rainfall Amount - _____________
Wind Speed - _____________
Wind Direction - ______________
Air Pressure - _____________
The weather today is _______________________________________________
Tuesday:
Temperature - _____________
Rainfall Amount - _____________
Wind Speed - _____________
Wind Direction - ______________
Air Pressure - _____________
The weather today is _______________________________________________
Wednesday:
Temperature - _____________
Rainfall Amount - _____________
Wind Speed - _____________
Wind Direction - ______________
Air Pressure - _____________
The weather today is _______________________________________________
Thursday:
Temperature - _____________
Rainfall Amount - _____________
Wind Speed - _____________
Wind Direction - ______________
Air Pressure - _____________
The weather today is _______________________________________________
Friday:
Temperature - _____________
Rainfall Amount - _____________
Wind Speed - _____________
Wind Direction - ______________
Air Pressure - _____________
The weather today is _______________________________________________
WEATHER MAP SYMBOLS
Directions: Use these symbols when completing your weather maps.
Symbol
Meaning
Clear
Rain
Snow
Warm Front
Cold Front
Stationary Front
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