Teacher Resources

Welcome to the teacher resources of WeatherBlur.  On this page you will find tips and tricks to help you do tasks in WeatherBlur, teaching resources to help you use WeatherBlur effectively in your classroom and a list of resources that your students and community experts can also see.

Social Studies - Maps

Social Studies – Maps

Being able to read a map and identify what is important and what can be ignored is an incredibly important ...
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Which One Doesn’t Belong

Which One Doesn’t Belong

Have you ever heard of Which One Doesn’t Belong? This is a fun math routine that uses visuals to get ...
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Expository Essay

Expository Essay

If your students have completed a research project in any subject, they likely need to express what they have learned ...
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Number Talk

Number Talk

Have you ever noticed patterns that emerge as numbers change? If so, you are engaging in pattern recognition, one of ...
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Explore Data Scope and Sequence

Explore Data Scope and Sequence

A scope and sequence lesson plan for Explore Data ...
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iWonder Pattern Recognition - Lesson Plan

iWonder Pattern Recognition – Lesson Plan

After students have brainstormed their iWonder questions, they share their questions with the whole class in a document which can ...
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What do you wonder?  (Lesson Plan)

What do you wonder? (Lesson Plan)

Now that students have learned to think about questions that could be investigatable, they select a question to post on ...
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Decomposition storytelling

Decomposition storytelling

So many solutions to problems start when you break the problem down. This is DECOMPOSITION - one of the four ...
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Pattern recognition

Pattern recognition

Pattern recognition: Looking for common themes or repeating sequences This activity uses visuals of blocks to help students recognize patterns ...
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Ads and Algorithms

Ads and Algorithms

Computers use all sorts of algorithms to determine the ads that you see on various websites. But these algorithms are ...
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The data is here!  The data is here!

The data is here! The data is here!

To say that the Weatherblur Team was excited this week is a bit of an understatement. While you are busy ...
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Building an Investigation

Building an Investigation

Investigations don’t just spring up from nothing!  They evolve from iWonder questions that gather loads of momentum, become SMART, and ...
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Power of WeatherBlur - SMART

Power of WeatherBlur – SMART

A quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., on education resonated with me and made me think of WeatherBlur (WB). “The ...
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WeatherBlur – what’s the flow?

WeatherBlur is an amazing student-driven citizen science program that you can have your students involved in that allows you to ...
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iWonder how to make the most of iWonder

iWonder how to make the most of iWonder

In a previous blog-post, Gary brought up the importance of the iWonder space. He reminded me that iWonder - the ...
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The power of iWonder

The power of iWonder

I know how much we are drawn to have our students collect data - the fun of having them outside, ...
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iWonder and Abstraction...what's it all about?

iWonder and Abstraction…what’s it all about?

Hi All!A few of us are dabbling in computational thinking and the role it plays in citizen science. One concept ...
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My students are locked out?  What is happening?

My students are locked out? What is happening?

Ouch!   Your students are getting a message that they have been locked out of the site (and some reference ...
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Why can’t all my students be logged in to Weatherblur.com at once?

Why can’t all my students be logged in to Weatherblur.com at once?

Help! Why can’t all my students be logged in to Weatherblur.com at once? Our sparkly new Weatherblur site runs perfectly ...
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Adding students

Adding students

It is very important that you follow these steps to add your students to WeatherBlur. Step 1. Invite parents/guardians of ...
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Community Asset Mapping

Community Asset Mapping

While engaging with real world problems is a great tool for engagement, it also comes with the potential for students ...
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Defining and Linking CT to Weatherblur

Defining and Linking CT to Weatherblur

Computational Thinking has become a new catch-phrase in education over the past few years and has grown in popularity due ...
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Taking students outside

Taking students outside

One of the fundamental activities for Weatherblur, in fact almost all place-based programs, is that students need to be able ...
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Place Based Education

Place Based Education

What is place-based education? Place-Based Education (PBE) is defined by the Center for Place-Based Learning and Community Engagement as a ...
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Weatherblur Experience

Weatherblur Experience

Weatherblur is broken down into 4 phases: iWonder & SMART questions Investigation Exploring Data (Data Analysis) Act In a typical ...
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Asking questions of data

Asking questions of data

Collecting data isn’t the most challenging part of Weatherblur or citizen science in general. In fact, with many of the ...
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Data: Beginning Concepts / Skills

Data: Beginning Concepts / Skills

Jumping In: Big ideas about statistics In order to teach students about data, we have to start by thinking like ...
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Linking Data Literacy to the Standards

Linking Data Literacy to the Standards

Finding ways to link citizen science projects to your existing curriculum and understanding how deep students are able to dive ...
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What makes an iWonder become an Investigation?

What makes an iWonder become an Investigation?

Not all iWonder questions are made equal.Not all iWonder questions will make it to Investigations.Some iWonder questions will be combined ...
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SMART Poster

SMART Poster

Here is the SMART question poster that you can print and display in your classroom. Download the poster file ...
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What is SMART?

What is SMART?

When we develop a question that we are interested in answering, we want to make our question become one that ...
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Using metric in WeatherBlur

Using metric in WeatherBlur

When we take measurements for WeatherBlur we use the international measurement system, that all scientists use – that is metric ...
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How to take great photos to add to WeatherBlur

How to take great photos to add to WeatherBlur

When you are collecting data for WeatherBlur Investigations, you may be asked to take a photo.   Taking AWESOME photos sometimes ...
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Understanding the Teacher Dashboard and adding students

This quick video will give you a tour of the Teacher Dashboard and explain how you can add your students ...
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Writing and editing iWonder questions

Writing and editing iWonder questions

Writing an iWonder questioniWonder questions are where you start in WeatherBlur.  They are questions that can be investigated scientifically.  And ...
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Online Etiquette

Online Etiquette

When we work online in WeatherBlur, communication is a bit different than our face-to-face meetings.  We don’t get to see ...
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Online safety

Online safety

We want you to be safe when you are involved in all our WeatherBlur activities – and that includes when ...
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