Weather Watchers: Closing

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  1. Conclusion: Ask students the following questions:
    • What did we learn about weather?
    • Why is weather important to us?
    • Why is it helpful to be able to predict the weather?
    • What season are we experiencing now? Is every day in the season the same?
  2. Reflection: Ask students the following questions:
    • What did you like most about this weather unit?
    • What did you do to help your group get the job done?
    • Where did we find information? (identifying information sources)
  3. Evaluation: observe the following to determine student's understanding of concepts:
    • student reasoning for predictions
    • ability to select clothing appropriate to weather
    • use of vocabulary in describing weather
    • skill reading thermometer
    • skill completing and drawing conclusions from graph

Extension:

  • Correspond via e-mail with students who actually experienced the weather. Get first hand accounts of how the weather affected them.
  • This unit can lead into a more in depth study of severe weather phenomena such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and their impact on people. Be sure to include the following:
    • Investigate relief organizations that help people suffering from a natural disaster.
    • Visit local fire department or police department with focus on the special training required when dealing with natural weather disasters.
    • Create a classroom/home survival kit in case of a natural disaster.


Written by Noelle Kreider, Teacher On Assignment, Instructional Technology Development Consortium.


Questions, comments, and suggestions may be addressed to: itdc@sbcss.k12.ca.us