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  • 1. The Weather Man Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] A WebQuest for 3 rd Grade Science Designed By: Miranda Wathen [email_address] Based on a template from The WebQuest Page
  • 2. Introduction Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Your local news station has a problem! All of the weather equipment is broken at the station which means that they cannot report the weather to the public for the next week until the equipment is fixed! They need help to tell everyone how to make good choices about what different weather looks like and how to respond to different weather conditions while waiting for the news station to be able to report the weather again! The Weather Man needs your help!!!
  • 3. The Task Student Page Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ]
    • It is up to you and your team to create a slideshow about identifying different kinds of weather, a newsletter about being safe during differing weather conditions and a table to inform everyone about the weather over the week that was missed! You will use Microsoft Power Point for the slideshow, Microsoft publisher for the newsletter and Excel to create the table.
    Title
    • In your group decide who will play each of the following roles:
    • Chief Meteorologist – Focuses specifically on weather patterns and finding information
    • Newspaper Reporter – Focus is on making information known to the public and insuring that information is correct and valid
    • Head of National Security – Oversees developing information and insures the validity of information being found
    • Ordinary Citizen – Provides a real citizens thoughts and feelings towards the information given and helps assess the validity of the information found
  • 4. The Process Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ]
    • In order to get the news about the weather to everyone in the city, here is what you need to do!
    • Identify and find the traits of these different kinds of weather and create a Power Point Presentation using these websites Weather Channel Kids , Weather Watch , The Weather Dude and How Weather Works to inform the public of the following questions?
      • What clouds make rain and what clouds do not?
        • What are all of the different kinds of clouds?
      • How do we know if it is going to rain?
      • How do we know if it is going to snow?
      • How do we recognize potentially dangerous weather?
        • Tornadoes
        • Hurricanes
        • Earthquakes
    • Using Publisher – Create a newsletter informing the public of what to do to stay safe in these different forms of weather. Use these websites for more information Weather Channel Kids , Weather Watch , The Weather Dude , How Weather Works , Lightning Safety and Weather Safety
      • Snow
      • Thunderstorms
      • Extreme Heat
      • Tornado
      • Hurricane
      • Earthquake
    • Using Excel – Document the weather outside through the course of this assignment. Use these websites to help you! Weather Channel Kids , Weather Watch , The Weather Dude , How Weather Works and Daily Weather in Fort Collins
      • Create a table of how the weather changes every day
      • Create a graph of how weather patterns changed and stayed the same over the course of the week
  • 5. Evaluation Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Beginning 1 Developing 2 Accomplished 3 Exemplary 4 Score Content Students demonstrate little understanding of weather patterns, formation and phenomena. Students demonstrate a fair understanding of weather patterns, formation and phenomena. Students demonstrate an average understanding of weather patterns, formation and phenomena. Students demonstrate a thorough understanding of weather patterns, formation and phenomena. Creativity Students show little creative skill through each aspect of Web Quest assignment. Students show a fair amount of creative skill through each aspect of Web Quest assignment. Students show an average amount creative skill through each aspect of Web Quest assignment. Students show immense creative skill through each aspect of Web Quest assignment. Use of Technology Students utilized technological programs not at all at the expected level. Students utilized technological programs less than the expected level. Students utilized technological programs at the expected level. Students utilized technological programs above the expected level. Quality of Information Students used incorrect information for each aspect of the assignment. Students used adequate information for each aspect of the assignment. Students used average information for each aspect of the assignment. . Students used excellent information for each aspect of the assignment. Science Content Standards Students demonstrate no understanding of content to meet the Science Content Standards. Students demonstrate fair understanding of content to meet the Science Content Standards. Students demonstrate average understanding of content to meet the Science Content Standards. Students demonstrate exemplary understanding of content to meet the Science Content Standards.
  • 6. Conclusion Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ]
    • YOU DID IT!
    • Congratulations! You and your team helped inform the public about weather patterns, weather safety and what happened with the weather while the equipment was broken! You kept all the citizens well informed, safe and up to date! I hope you enjoyed learning more about weather patterns and phenomena!
    • If you want to learn more check out these fun weather websites!
    • Weather Channel Kids
    • Weather Watch
    • The Weather Dude
    • How Weather Works
    • www.ApuzzoWeather.com
    • http://www.fi.edu/weather/todo/todo.html
  • 7. Credits & References Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Thanks to all these websites for your information: The weather channel – for kids http://www.theweatherchannelkids.com/weatherED/   Scholastic – Weather Watch http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/wwatch/index.htm   The Weather Dude http://www.wxdude.com/   Lightning Safety http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/jetstream/lightning/flashriprock.htm   How The Weather Works http://www.weatherworks.com/ Weather Safety www. weather .gov/ safety .php The Weather Channel www.weather.com Photo Provided By: www.astrosurf.com The WebQuest Page The WebQuest Slideshare Group
  • 8. [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion A WebQuest for 3 rd Grade Science Designed By: Miranda Wathen [email_address] Based on a template from The WebQuest Page The Weather Man (Teacher)
  • 9. Introduction (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page This lesson was developed by an Early Childhood Education student who wanted to be able to teach 3 rd grade students about weather patterns and phenomena in a fun and interesting way using technology and the internet. This WebQuest is designed so students can learn about and explore all the different weather patterns. It include subjects like what weather looks like, what are characteristics of different kinds of weather and what to do to stay safe in all of the different weather phenomena. It increases awareness of weather patterns and obesrvation skills. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 10. Learners (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page
    • This activity is designed for a third grade classroom but can be easily extended to higher grade levels as well. Students can make of it what they want. Feel free to restrict or add to the content you use with your students.
    • Things students should know prior to beginning the assignment:
    • Have a basic understanding of Power Point
    • Have a basic understanding of Publisher
    • Have a basic understanding of Excel
    • Have a basic understanding of the Internet
    • Have a beginning understand of weather patterns and phenomena
    Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 11. Curriculum Standards (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page
    •   What Students will gain:
    • For students to be able to identify different types of weather systems, clouds, precipitation and natural disasters.
    • For students to understand the scientific principles behind different weather systems
    • For students to understand how to be safe in differing weather conditions.
    • For students to be able to dictate to someone else, safety in different weather conditions.
    • For students to observe the weather over the course of the project and understand differing weather conditions.
    Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion Colorado Model Content Standards SCIENCE 1. Students understand the processes of scientific investigation and design, conduct, communicate about, and evaluate such investigations. 2. Physical Science: Students know and understand common properties, forms, and changes in matter and energy. 3. Life Science: Students know and understand the characteristics and structure of living things, the processes of life, and how living things interact with each other and their environment. 4. Earth and Space Science: Students know and understand the processes and interactions of Earth’s systems and the structure and dynamics of Earth and other objects in space. 5. Students know and understand interrelationships among science, technology, and human activity and how they can affect the world. 6. Students understand that science involves a particular way of knowing and understand common connections among scientific disciplines. http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeassess/documents/standards/science.pdf
  • 12. The Process (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page “Student” process slide – Click here to view Process slide This assignment should take about a week of one hour time slots every day that week. The students will be in groups of four people. Make sure to place students in each group based on who you think would do each role well and add to that group effectively. As the teacher you will giving a lot of instruction of how to run Power Point, Publisher, Excel and navigate the internet. Variations This assignment can be extended or simplified depending on grade level. Just add more weather phenomena to the assignment or restrict to only one or two kinds of weather. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 13. Resources (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page
    • Here is a list of additional resources:
      • Class sets of books on weather patterns
      • Video or audio materials on weather patterns
      • Basic weather equipment
        • Thermometer
        • Rain Gauge
        • Etc.
    • There are a variety of website located on the Process page which are used equal amounts for this assignment.
    • One teacher should easily be able to manage students in this activity. But a teacher assistant may be helpful and a good source of knowledge for students as well.
    Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 14. Evaluation (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion Beginning 1 Developing 2 Accomplished 3 Exemplary 4 Score Content Students demonstrate little understanding of weather patterns, formation and phenomena. Students demonstrate a fair understanding of weather patterns, formation and phenomena. Students demonstrate an average understanding of weather patterns, formation and phenomena. Students demonstrate a thorough understanding of weather patterns, formation and phenomena. Creativity Students show little creative skill through each aspect of Web Quest assignment. Students show a fair amount of creative skill through each aspect of Web Quest assignment. Students show an average amount creative skill through each aspect of Web Quest assignment. Students show immense creative skill through each aspect of Web Quest assignment. Use of Technology Students utilized technological programs not at all at the expected level. Students utilized technological programs less than the expected level. Students utilized technological programs at the expected level. Students utilized technological programs above the expected level. Quality of Information Students used incorrect information for each aspect of the assignment. Students used adequate information for each aspect of the assignment. Students used average information for each aspect of the assignment. . Students used excellent information for each aspect of the assignment. Science Content Standards Students demonstrate no understanding of content to meet the Science Content Standards. Students demonstrate fair understanding of content to meet the Science Content Standards. Students demonstrate average understanding of content to meet the Science Content Standards. Students demonstrate exemplary understanding of content to meet the Science Content Standards.
  • 15. Teacher Script (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Feel free to walk with students through the entire WebQuest (not including Conclusion) prior to beginning the assignment. This should clear up many of your questions as well as questions of students. Feel free to be as creative as you want and be enthusiastic about every aspect of the assignment. Encourage students to ask questions and be as creative as they want when creating their Power Point presentations, newsletters and Excel tables. Do not feel as though you have to stick entirely to this foundational assignment. You can add to it or take away whatever you wish. You have free reign over the entire assignment because you know your class and their strengths and weaknesses better than anyone. Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 16. Conclusion (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page This lesson is fun and exciting for students and I am sure you will find that adding your own creativity and knowledge about the subject will make this an assignment that you students will love and benefit from! Have fun! Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion
  • 17. Credits & References (Teacher) [ Student Page ] Title Introduction Learners Standards Process Resources Credits Teacher Page Evaluation Teacher Script Conclusion Thanks to all these websites for your information: The weather channel – for kids http://www.theweatherchannelkids.com/weatherED/   Scholastic – Weather Watch http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/wwatch/index.htm   The Weather Dude http://www.wxdude.com/   Lightning Safety http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/jetstream/lightning/flashriprock.htm   How The Weather Works http://www.weatherworks.com/ Weather Safety www. weather .gov/ safety .php The Weather Channel www.weather.com Photo Provided By: www.astrosurf.com The WebQuest Page The WebQuest Slideshare Group