Introduction:
 

"Get your rain boots and umbrella's because today everyone is going to be a meteorologist!" I will then explain to the students what a meteorologist is and what they do. After that I will tell the class we will be studying thunder, rain, snow, and tornadoes. We will then, as a class, brainstorms all the things they know about the 4 different types of weather. Then they will research a different type of weather a day and record their findings in their weather log book. Also, they will draw a picture of the type of weather they are researching. After that I will give the students their weather log books.
 

Group Size: Small groups
 

Learning Objectives:
 

Edit Task At the end of this project, the students will have a complete weather log book. They will research the different websites I gave them to find all of their information. They will have the date that they researched the type of weather and all the information they found about that type of weather for the day. In their journal they should have at least one paragraph about why this type of weather happens, how it happens, when it happens (including day or night and time of year), and lastly a detailed drawing of the type of weather.


 

Materials:
 

Credits and References www.fema.gov/kids/thunder.htm

http://www.fema.gov/kids/tornado.htm

www.weatherwizkids.com/thunderstorm.htm

fun.familyeducation.com/childrens-science-activities/winter/35037.html
 

Procedures:
 

Process

  1. I will introduce the lesson to the class.
2. I will then brainstorm with you what you already know about the different types of weather (rain, snow, thunder, and tornadoes).

3. Then you will be assigned to groups of 3 students each.

4. I will then hand out everyone's weather log book.

5. I will then hand out your weather log books and explain what we will be doing.

6. Each group with work on a different weather for the day. For today, groups 1 and 8 will work on rain, 2 and 7 will do thunder, 3 and 6 will do tornadoes, and 4 and 5 will do snow. Each day it will change.

7. You will use the websites i provide below to find information about each type of weather.

http://www.weatherwizkids.com/thunderstorm.htm (This website has information about all four types of weather.)

http://www.fema.gov/kids/tornado.htm ( Tornadoes)

http://fun.familyeducation.com/childrens-science-activities/winter/35037.html (Snow)

http://www.fema.gov/kids/thunder.htm (Thunder)

8. You will then write down all the information you find and record it in your journal.

9. After you find the information you will then draw a picture that represents that type of weather.
 

Answer Key or Rubric:
 

Exceeds (3 pts) Meets (2 pts) Falls Below Expectations (1 pt) Students use the websites provided to find information. (1, 25%) Facts about the type of weather is correct and organized. Clear understanding of the different types of weather is shown. Most facts are correct. Websites are used. Information is clear and there is little spelling mistakes. Little or no facts are used. Log book is unorganized and hard to understand. Many spelling mistakes. Picture of weather (1, 25%) Picture is very well drawn with great detail. Well organized and goes along with the assingned type of weather for the day. Picture goes along with type of weather assigned for the day. Picture is a good size and easy to recognize. No picture is drawn or the picture does not go along with the weather assigned for that day. Weather Log books (1, 25%) Books are well organized with the correct weather for each day. No lose papers or unnecessary drawings. Information and picture is clear to read. Information about the weather is correct. There is the correct information for each kind of weather on the assigned day. A picture is drawn for each type of weather. Information is easy to read. Log book is unorganized. Lose papers and unnecessary drawings on long book. No picture or wrong picture drawn for the assigned weather. Information about weather (1, 25%) Correct weather for assigned day is well researched. Information is complete and correct. Information is well detailed with little to no mistakes. Information is correct and easy to read. Some spelling mistakes. Information is incorrect and unorganized. Many spelling mistakes and hard to read.
 

Benchmark or Standards:
 

PA.SCI.3.1.4.C Illustrate patterns that regularly occur and reoccur in nature. Identify observable patterns (e.g., growth patterns in plants, crystal shapes in minerals, climate, structural patterns in bird feathers). PA.SCI.3.1.4.C.1 >--- Use knowledge of natural patterns to predict next occurrences (e.g., seasons, leaf patterns, lunar phases). PA.SCI.3.1.4.E Recognize change in natural and physical systems. PA.SCI.3.1.4.E.4 >--- Describe the change to objects caused by heat, cold, light or chemicals.

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