Weather and its Effect
on the Environment and Settlement
BY: Judith Allee, Cloverdale Elementary School, Cloverdale,
PURPOSE: This lesson is to help students investigate weather
and its effect on the environment and settlement of various areas.
GRADE LEVELS: 4-6
- #1 How to use maps and other graphic representations,
tools, and technologies to acquire, process and report information from
a spatial prospective.
- #2 How to use mental maps to organize information about
people, places, and environments on the earth’s surface.
- #4 The physical and human characteristics of places.
- #15 How physical systems effect human systems.
MATERIALS REQUIRED: pencils, graph paper, maps, computer,
OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this activity, students
should be able to:
- 1. use internet to access information on weather and
- 2. analyze and graph weather data from different cities,
- 3. compare data collected, and
- 4. explain how weather patterns effect population density.
- 1. Pupils will choose tow diverse cities.
- 2. They will collect data on weather for one month and
construct a graph on temperature and precipitation.
- 3. Pupils will collect population data of said cities.
- 4. Pupils will graph population data collected.
- 5. Pupils will plot population data on large map using
- 6. Pupils will hypothesize the effect of weather on the
population growth of an area.
- 7. Pupils will predict if weather will continue to influence
settlement trends of if technology will intercede.
EVALUATION: Student presentation, class discussion
EXTENSIONS: Pupils will write to the Chamber of Commerce
of each city and send a copy of their project.