Teacher Review For Weather by Tinybop

A fun way to explore basic weather concepts

Margaret A P.
Director of STEAM Innovation
The Agnes Irwin School
Rosemont, PA
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My Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 2
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 2
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Small group
Great with General
How I Use It
I think this app would be a great center in a science class or K-2nd grade classroom. Students can explore different types of weather (water, wind, temperature, and clouds). The labels give students a good starting point for further research and exploration and the visualizations provide a good foundation for students to conceptualize abstract concepts like the water cycle and changes in water and air molecules.
My Take
This app provides a nice introduction to a variety of weather concepts but it seems a little less developed than other Tinybop apps. I found it to be more reactive than interactive, for example students could touch and see/learn about how air molecules react in heat or how hurricane force winds act but they are not able to create and control things as they can in other apps. I wish there were also numbers on the temperature gauge so students could learn at what temperature water freezes and when flowers will wilt. Like with other Tinybop apps, there is a nice handbook that goes with the app to provide prompting questions and added support for the development of weather vocabulary. I hope over time, the developers will add a way for students to do more experiments in the app and maybe document their findings with a built-in journal or lab book.