In groups, students will be researching weather patterns of a chosen city over a 4 week period. They will also record the data on an electronic spreadsheet and compare their findings to other groups in the class. This data will also be used to answer questions about climate and geography’s effect on the weather and vice versa. Inspired by M. Tillman, I made changes to fit my future classroom.
This lesson idea came from the two of us thinking about what we could do a lesson plan on. We sat and thought about it and we came up with the idea of weather since it affects us every day. We thought this would be an interesting topic to do a lesson on because children really aren't aware of how much weather really effects them and how different the weather is around the country.
The lesson is about the weather around the country. The children will be researching what the weather is like in the country that they live in. They will be in a group of four and they will each research the weather in a different city around the country. They will each come up with a weather report and then they will come together as a group and make a poster that reports on the weather around the country. Then will then report their findings to the rest of the class. The intelligences that will be addressed during this project are linguistic, spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalist intelligences. Linguistic intelligence is used during the research part of this project. The students will be looking at different websites to understand their location's climate and weather. Spatial intelligence is used when the students are looking at the map of the United States and deciphering between the east coast, west coast, mid-east, and mid-west regions. Interpersonal intelligence will be used when the groups pull together to form their weather cast. They will need to work together to collaborate and create their weather casts that represent the four regions of the United States. Intrapersonal intelligence is used after they present their weather cast to the class. They can reflect on their performance of their weather cast presentation and self critque. Lastly, naturalist intelligence is used as the students learn about their environment and the surrounding areas. The cognitive analysis levels that will be addressed during this project are analyze, explain, focus, prioritize, and select. These levels will be addressed while finding the most useful information during research. The cognitive synthesis levels that will be addressed during this project are generalize, plan, collaborate, compile, design, and structure. These levels will be used while the students are working in their groups to compose their weather casts.
Following a unit on weather, students worked in pairs to produce a Keynote presentation about how a particular weather event impacts people. Students began brainstorming using Inspiration and once they selected a topic, they began researching their topic using four teacher recommended website. Students used a Keynote template to create their slideshow, presenting information about the science behind their weather topic and how the weather impacts people.
by Cattaraugus Allegany BOCES Math Science Technology Dept
This unit provides students with the opportunity to observe weather phenomena. Students will use instruments to gather weather data on temperature, wind speed, wind direction, and precipitation. The water cycle is also demonstrated and discussed. Students will investigate the relationship between the earth’s rotation, revolution, time, and seasons. The science skills emphasized in the Weather kit are observing, collecting data, organizing data, interpreting data, and discussing. Integrated hands-on math activities are also included in this kit.
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Welcome to the Math, Science, and Technology Department (MST) of Cattaraugus Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CA BOCES). As a department of Instructional Support Services (ISS), we provide Math, Science, and Technology kits along with support services to meet the needs of the individual districts in our area. The BOCES Teaching and Learning Center at Allegany provides hands-on math, science, and technology kits to over twenty area school districts in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Our department provides forty-three different varieties of kit topics. The kits cover topics in math, life science, physical science, chemistry, and earth science. Each kit contains a teacher's manual, student activity book, materials inventory list, instructional video, and materials needed to complete each learning experience. Each kit aligns with the New York State standards and prepares students for the New York State assessments.
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Students will observe how the interaction of atmospheric conditions effect weather and climate. The pre-requisite skills required for this activity should be commensurate with grade level. They should have prior knowledge of the earth as a planet, water, and air.