Middle School Earth Science Teacher Guide


Features 13 core activities covering the fundamental topics of weather & climate, seismology & topography, soil properties and more.

Monitoring Weather

Lab Summary

Use a weather sensor to monitor weather outdoors at various times in the day and over an extended period of time.


This extended investigation provides students with a detailed look at weather and the type of measurements made by meteorologists as they study weather. During this activity, students:

  • Recognize the components of weather
  • Investigate and observe local weather conditions
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Identify how weather changes from one location to another as well as over time


Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Setting up the equipment and work area to monitor weather data outdoors at various times in the day and over an extended period of time
  • Monitoring weather data at 6:00 am, noon, and 5:00 pm and recording these data in writing
  • Recording weather data over a one-hour period of time at a chosen location
  • Recording weather data for two different 24-hour periods of time at the same chosen location

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT 6-in-1 Weather Sensor


Measures barometric pressure, relative altitude, absolute and relative humidity, dew point, and temperature. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

Your Bundle Options:

Option 1:

Middle School Earth Science Starter Bundle


The equipment bundle for teaching 11 of the 13 Middle School Earth Science Teacher Guide's labs.

Option 2:

Middle School Science Standard Sensor Bundle


This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 49 lab activities in the Middle School Science through Inquiry lab manual.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.