Lesson Plan

The Tuskegee Weathermen: African-American Meteorologists during World War II

Chances are good that young scholars have heard of the Tuskegee Airmen but few would predict that these pilots had their own support in the form of the Tuskegee Weathermen. These Black meteorologists were recruited and trained to provide the airmen the weather data they needed for their missions. After reading about the Tuskegee Weather Detachment, class members try their hand at decoding the symbols on a weather map.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Invite a local TV meteorologist to speak with the class about their work and the technology they use to build their predictions
Classroom Considerations
  • Set aside extra prep time to make copies and prepare materials for the lesson
  • The Gerald A. White, Jr. reading is lengthy and complex; struggling readers will need additional support
  • The lesson requires a copy of the day's weather map
Pros
  • A lengthy introduction provides background on the Tuskegee Weathermen for instructors
Cons
  • None