Patterns in Weather

Collecting weather data across time supports data collection and analysis practices. Students can use their own data to look for patterns across time. Engaging in this assessment activity will help students: explain the components that constitute weather and explain that these components change in patterns; describe how various components of weather can be different at different times of the year; explain how changes in the various elements of weather create patterns and influence behavior.

Assessment 3D Learning Target

Generate and/or compare multiple solutions to mitigate impacts based on patterns in the weather.

Standard Addressed

PE: K-ESS2-1: Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.

By Dimension: Specific dimension pieces that this assessment will center on.


Analyzing and Interpreting data

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

  • Use tools and/or materials to design and/or build a device that solves a specific problem or a solution to a specific problem.


ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

  • Weather is the combination of sunlight, wind, snow or rain, and temperature in a particular region at a particular time. People measure these conditions to describe and record the weather and to notice patterns over time.



  • Patterns in the natural and human designed world can be observed, used to describe phenomena, and used as evidence.



  • Clancy Wolf, ESD 114
  • Deb Morrison, University of Washington
  • Joanne Johnson, NWESD
  • Kim Weaver, ESD 114