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Judy Vesel & Tara Robillard
—(2015). The Earth Scientist. XXXI (4), 8-10.
Is it sunny or cloudy, raining or snowing, hot or cold outside? Each and every day, we want to know what the weather is like to help us plan our day. Weather is the heat we feel on a summer day. It’s the rain that delays our ball game. It’s the wind that blows leaves off trees. It’s all these things and more. Weather is the condition of the air around us. In this universally designed iBook unit for grades 3-5, students with and without sensory disabilities, specifically those who are deaf or hard of hearing and blind or have low vision, consider weather as the condition of the air at a particular place and time. To do this, they conduct hands-on and online investigations about moisture, temperature, air pressure, and wind. They use displays of their data and publically available weather data to find out what the weather is like in their location and in other locations of interest.