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wickED Weather

Have fun exploring the science and maths activities in this wickED theme about the weather.

Snazzy snowflakes

Have fun in this activity finding the lines of symmetry in a snowflake pattern. Snowflake crystals form when water vapour cools and freezes into very tiny crystals inside clouds. Make a start by clicking here to make or find a snowflake design.

  1. Make your own snowflake
    • Click the computer mouse at the edge of the paper, inside, and at the edge again.
    • Click ‘Preview Flake’ and ‘Cut some more’ until you see the lines of symmetry in your design.
  2. Visit the gallery 

    • Choose a snowflake by clicking on it.
    • Follow the instructions to download and print it.

    OR

  3. Make your own snowflake
    • Look at this example.
    • Now fold a piece of A4 paper into 6 pieces, cut along the folds, and open it out.
  4. Find the lines of symmetry
    • Hold a ruler along the lines of symmetry in your snowflake.
    • Click here to learn more about symmetry.
    • Have a go at the Symmetry Game.

Protractor anemometer

The strongest wind ever reliably measured on the surface of the Earth was 362 kilometres per hour, recorded on Mt Washington in the United States on 12 April, 1934. However, much stronger winds occur near the centre of tropical cyclones.

Enjoy making this simple weather instrument to measure the wind.

  • Try this Protractor Anemometer activity.
  • Read the angle on the protractor and use the chart to work out the kilometres per hour for the wind speed. (Use a small protractor if you do not have a large one.)

Warm and cold places

What are the warmest and coldest places you (or your friends and family) have been to in New Zealand?

  • Go to the MetService website or the weather map in a newspaper.
  • Find and record the maximum (Max) or minimum (Min) temperatures of 5-8 places in New Zealand.
  • Order them from high to low as shown in the table below:

Place

 Temperature 
(in degrees Celsius °C)

Auckland 24
Hamilton 21
Wellington 19
Christchurch 18
Dunedin 16
  • With a friend, compare the highest and lowest temperatures, for example, 21 degrees is warmer than 14 degrees.
  • Look at the map again and find the warmest and coldest places in New Zealand.

Weather chart

Check out what the weather is like today and for the next few days, and compare it with three other places.

  • Go to Google and enter a search using the key words ‘weather’ and the name of the town or (nearest) city to where you live.
  • Record the maximum temperature for the next few days in a table. 
  • Make 2–3 more searches in Google, each time changing the name of the place.
  • Record the temperatures with a new line for each place.

Place

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Wellington 19 26 22 18
Dunedin 16 13 14 19
Auckland 24 25 22 22
Samoa 31 31 31 31
  • Make a graph with the data in the table.
  • Talk about what the graph shows.

Tāwhirimātea

Read the contemporary story of Tāwhirimātea by Wiremu Grace and then answer the following questions.

  • Where did Tawhirimatea live in the past?
  • Why did Tawhirimatea disagree with his brother Tumatauenga about hurting their parents so that they may be freed from their parents embrace?
  • Who eventually separated their parents?
  • After his parents were separated where did Tawhirimatea live?
  • Sometimes Tawhirimatea is content to listen to the advice of his parents, but when he is reminded of the pain that they endured, what does Tawhirimatea do?

Lunar calendar

  • Explore the Te Ara website and find out about the lunar calendar of the Māori.
  • Create your own month-long lunar calendar and add the different names for each day.

Other things you can do

Insert clip art or photos to your calendar of friends’ birthdays or special events.

  • To do this:
    • Go to ‘Insert’ in the top tool bar
    • Select picture and then ‘From file’
    • Open up the selected picture
    • Insert it into your calendar.
  • Make sure you have clicked into the correct box before you insert.
  • You can also change the background colour by selecting ‘Format’ and then ‘Background’ in the top toolbar.
  • Once you’ve finished, you can copy and paste your original calendar month and add the next 6 months or a year!! It’s up to you!!