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Snowstorm Hits Seattle
The goal of this module is for students to investigate the factors involved in the occurrence of snowfall. It allows students to explore snow storms by learning about various aspects of weather such as precipitation, weather maps, moisture, air masses and air movement. Students listen to stories about a past snow storm in the Puget Sound area, conduct interviews, complete activities, and look at maps to learn more about snow and its affect on our lives.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Module / Unit
  • Audio:
    • Oral history
  • Atmospheric science
Technical requirements:
RealPlayer plug-in
Real Player or TrueSpeach needed for audio files.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-003-410
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Changes in earth and sky
        • Objects in the sky
        • Properties of earth materials
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Ernie Recker
Unversity of Washington

Principal Investigator: Harry Edmon
University of Washington