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Student groups use multiple resources to compare two cities with similar climates and weather patterns, telling why their temperatures are so similar in a media-rich presentation and report

Subjects:

Computers & Internet, Science  

Grade:

8  

Title – Comparing Weather Patterns of Two Different Cities
By – Nancy L. Wesselmann
Primary Subject – Science
Secondary Subject – Computers & Internet
Grade Level – 8th

Unit Plan Goals:

  • The students will learn how to work collaboratively on a project that requires the use of technology and independent research with team members in order to complete the project.
    • Students will learn to resolve conflict and delegate tasks among themselves.
    • Not only will these students be learning about real-world issues, but also how to work as a team as they would have to in a work place setting.
  • Students are expected to give a 5-10 minute presentation with accompanying visuals such as:
    • PowerPoint slide show
    • Excel spreadsheet for recorded data
    • Brochures with pictures and art
  • Students are also required to turn in a hard copy report on their research and conclusion. Pages will vary based on amount of information collected, formatting of spreadsheet, and medium of hard copy which should include:
    • Excel spreadsheet
    • Word documents with references.
  • The technology that the students will use includes:
    • web pages with helpful, relevant information
    • software that will allow them to produce creative, interesting, meaningful presentations and accompanying papers.

Comparing Weather Patterns Project:

  • The purpose of the weather project is for students to compare temperatures and weather patterns in two different cities with similar climates and features, and tell why temperatures are so similar based on location, sea level, land features, and any other characteristics of the area that would affect temperatures.
    • The students are required to contact a meteorologist in one of the two cities either via email or phone and request pertinent information that will help them determine the reason for the temperatures and patterns plus, they will need the temperatures in those areas for the past two years.
    • Students will be using the NOAA’s National Weather Service website┬áto collect the necessary information.
  • The final paper should include:
    • copies of the slides used in the presentation
    • a graph of the next week’s temperature predictions.
    • The students are encouraged to save their work on a disk or flash drive or email the entire project to the teacher in lieu of actual paper in order to maintain the integrity of the information and presentation.
  • Students are also encouraged to videotape or record their presentation for accurate grading.

Standards:

  • This project meets the requirements for eighth grade appropriate skills standards in Georgia under S8CS5 and the National Educational Technology Standards 1, 2, 4 and 6 (See Resources).
  • The Georgia content standards addressed are S8CS6 and S8CS9 (See Resources).

Assessment:

  • Students will receive a group score as well as being graded on an individual basis.
  • Breakdown of the points (out of a total 100 possible):
    • 10 points for clear, understandable delegation of tasks (Individual Responsibility Agreement) and must include specifics of each members tasks (a team timeline is preferred)
    • 25 points for presentation materials — clarity of vocal presentation, creativity of visual aids
    • 25 points for accuracy of information gathered from research and effort in gathering necessary information
    • 15 points for reasonable predictions of future weather patterns and temperatures based on past information
    • 25 points for final project flow and accuracy

Essential Questions:

  1. Why do these areas have similar weather patterns?
  2. What can you predict the weather to be like for the next week based on the past two years of information you have gathered?

Resources:

      Georgia Department of Education (2009). Georgia Health Education Performance Standards. Retrieved on November 30, 2009 from

https://www.georgiastandards.org/Standards/Pages/BrowseStandards/HealthEd.aspx

      Georgia Department of Education (2006) Georgia Performance Standards. Retrieved on November 11, 2009 from

https://www.georgiastandards.org/Standards/Pages/BrowseStandards/ScienceStandards.aspx

      Georgia Department of Education (2002). Quality Core Curriculum. Retrieved on November 11, 2009 from

https://www.georgiastandards.org/Standards/Pages/QCC.aspx

      International Society for Technology in Education. (2007). NETS for Students 2007.
      NOAA’s National Weather Service (2009).

http://www.weather.gov/forecastmaps

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