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Primary School Resources

Welcome to Met Éireann's Primary School Resources page, where parents, teachers and children will find resources that have been designed for use in primary schools in Ireland.

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Aims

  • This section of our website aims to provide a basic introduction to the weather and weather-related topics for primary school students.
  • These resources are designed to encourage primary students to engage in active learning though an exploration and investigation of basic meteorological principles.
  • It is hoped that these resources will help students to practice a range of scientific skills and to develop open, critical and responsible attitudes to the wider environment.

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Content and Structure

The resources are presented as fact sheets, quizzes, lesson plans and experiments. They are grouped together under the following categories.

  • Younger Primary Students: this section offers simple descriptions of common weather facts, e.g. sunshine, rainfall, wind, temperature.
  • Older Primary Students: this section provides more in-depth information on weather-related topics and introduces more specific skills such as reading weather charts and cloud recognition.
  • Lessons Plans: this section is designed primarily for use by teachers and the lesson plans can be adapted to suit either younger or older primary school students.

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All documents are free and fully printable. You will need Adobe Acrobat to read the resources. You can download Adobe Reader here.

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Click on the titles below to open the PDF. Have fun!

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Younger Primary Students

Fun Facts: Rain
Fun Facts: Hail, Sleet & Snow
Fun Facts: Wind
Fun Facts: How do we measure wind?
Fun Facts: Sunshine
Fun Facts: Seasons
Fun Facts: Temperature
Fun Facts: Thunder and Lightning
Fun Facts: Climate Change
Quiz for Younger Primary Students
Quiz for Younger Primary Students: Seasons

Older Primary Students

Fun Facts: A-Z Meteorology
Fun Facts: Climate Change
Fun Facts: Clouds
Fun Facts: How to read a Weather Chart
Fun Facts: Measurements and Instruments
Fun Facts: Rain
Fun Facts: Sunshine
Fun Facts: Temperature
Fun Facts: Wind
Fun Facts: What is Weather?
Fun Facts: Thunder and Lightning
Fun Facts: What is Climate?
Quiz for Older Primary Students
Quiz for Older Primary Students: Climate Change

Lessons Plans (for use by either Younger or Older Primary Students)

Measuring and Recording Wind Speed
Measuring and Recording Temperature
Measuring and Recording Rain
Lightning and Thunder
The Greenhouse Effect
Optical Phenomena


Useful links
You may also find the following links to similar education resources useful:
Ask About Ireland Learning Zone
Green Schools
Discover Primary Science
UK Met Office Education
World Meteorological Organisation: Youth Corner
climate4classrooms
Ordnance Survey Education
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
MetLink

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Acknowledgments
This project has been a collaborative effort, combining the work of various Met Éireann staff members over a number of years.

 

 

 

 
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