Sunday, October 02, 2005

Ed 3508. Module 3

Title of Activity: Weather Detectives

Reference:
Scholastic. (2005-1996). Investigate: Explore Climate Conditions. Retrieved October 1, 2005, from http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/wwatch/investigate/detective.htm

Grade level: 5

Subject: Science

Brief Description of Activity:
Student will solve the mystery case by first visiting the Case 2: Midwest website: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/wwatch/investigate/midwest.asp. Students will answer the questions —What type of storm could cause a tornado? How fast do tornado winds blow? What makes tornadoes so destructive?- – by clicking on the links that follow each question. Once they research the answer to these questions, they will enter their data on the main webpage and then compare their results. Afterwards, students may proceed to Case 3: India. Closure of the lesson will include a review of results and class discussion, facilitated by the teacher, about weather patterns in different parts of the world (e.g., comparison between weather in the Midwest and India).

General Learner Outcome: Observe, describe and interpret weather phenomena; and relate weather to the heating and cooling of the Earth’s surface.

Specific Learner Outcomes:
(2) Describe patterns of air movement, in indoor and outdoor environments, that result when one area is warm and another area is cool.
(10) Recognize that weather systems are generated because different surfaces on the face of the Earth retain and release heat at different rates.
(11) Understand that climate refers to long term weather trends in a particular region and that climate varies throughout the world.

ICT Outcomes:
C.1.2.1 access and retrieve appropriate information from the Internet by using a specific search path or from given uniform resource locations (URL’s)
P.4.2.2 navigate through a document that contains links to locate, copy, and then paste data in a new file
P.4.2.3 navigate the Internet with appropriate software

Rationale for Computer Integration:
Students will be able to interact with different websites and research the answers to their case study questions at their own learning pace. This activity also relates real world weather issues in different countries that will hopefully provide greater appeal to students than hypothetical situations. The teacher can also extend this science activity into multi-cultural studies and link across the curriculum (additional internet-based opportunities are also possible).

The next lesson will take students’ experiences with these ICT outcomes and will extend to interactive scenarios (e.g., Weather Maker exercise on the website: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/wwatch/investigate/weather_maker.htm).

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