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Grade 5

Climate and vegetation regions of south africa

Module 11

Weather from day to day

1. Weather Guide

  • There are various sources in the media daily that supply the reader and listener or viewer with the expected weather conditions for the day or the next few days.

Activity 1:

To study a weather guide and complete the table

[lo 1.3]

Study the copy of a weather guide from Die Burger of 2 October 2004 and complete the table that follows.

Maximum temperature for Vredendal
Minimum temperature for Oudtshoorn
Will fog occur?
Wind direction at Cape Town
Is rain expected?
What will the weather be like at George on Sunday 3 October?
What type of clothing will you wear in Clanwilliam?
The Riversdale Primary School is organizing a sports day for Tuesday 5 October. Will it take place?

2. Weather instruments

To be able to record the weather, different instruments are needed.

Activity 2:

To study the following sketch and find out how the instruments work. then complete the table.

[lo 1.2]

Elements of the Weather Types of Instrument
Air pressure

Activity 3:

To consult the appropriate sources and build your own weather vane and rain gauge.

[lo 1.2]

Use these instruments and a thermometer that someone has brought to class to monitor the weather every day for one month. Write your observations in the table below. (You can also compare your observations with the weather report in the newspaper.)

Rain gauge

Weather vane

Date Max temp.measured 14:00 Wind direction Cloud rack Rainfall in mm
Monday____ May 20 °C NO Partly cloudy 2 mm
Tuesday_____ May 18 °C N Cloudy 8 mm
Wednesday___ May 22 °C N Partly cloudy 0 mm


LO 1


The learner will be able to use enquiry skills to investigate geographical and environmental concepts and processes.

We know this when the learner:

1.1 with guidance, selects and uses sources of useful geographical information (including graphs, maps and fieldwork outside the classroom) [finds sources];

  • distinguishes between facts and opinions [works with sources];
  • categorises information [works with sources];
  • draws sketch maps and/or plans from field observation and measurements [works with sources];

1.7 demonstrates knowledge and under-standing of the issue through projects, discussion, debate and charts [communicates the answer].



Maximum temperature for Vredendal 28ºC
Minimum temperature for Oudtshoorn 10ºC
Will fog occur? West Coast
Wind direction at Cape Town SE
Is rain expected? For Sunday
What will the weather be like at George on Sunday 3 October? Partly Cloudy; SW wind 25; Temp. 12/22
What type of clothing will you wear in Clanwilliam? Cool (very hot day)
The Riversdale Primary School is organizing a sports day for Tuesday 5 October. Will it take place? They will have to have a plan B. 60%+ chance of rain


  • Thermometer
  • Wind Meter/wind sock/weather vane
  • Rain meter
  • Barometer

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