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Anna Remus
EDMT 380 - 001
Fall 2004

project 2

| Description | Learner Analysis | Alignment Table | Activity Sequence Summary |

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Draft Lesson

Title: Exploring our Wild, Wild Weather

Description/Summary: This 8 lesson unit covers the topics of temperature, wind speed, cloud type, the water cycle, and severe weather. Students are provided with the opportunity to experience the various instruments used to measure the weather, and apply the concepts learned to daily observations of local weather patterns. The unit also includes a topic hotlist to be incorporated with the final severe weather research project which will be presented in the form of an iMovie. The iMovie will incorporate still images, digitized video footage, text, voice over narration, sound effects, and music. In addition, the students will submit the production documents (treatment, storyboard, and script) for the video and submit the video on a DVD. The unit also integrates KidWorks Deluxe to create an electronic daily weather journal. A unit calendar is provided.

Learner Analysis: This unit was created for a 4th grade class of 18 students in a small, rural community. The class as a whole performs above-level, with many students being involved in accelerated math and reading classes. The class also contains two students identified as having minor learning disabilities.

Alignment Table:

WI Model Academic Standards Objectives Practice Assessment
Science Standards      
E.4.5 Describe the weather commonly found in Wisconsin in terms of clouds, temperature, humidity, and forms of precipitation, and the changes that occur over time, including seasonal changes The student will describe and illustrate the daily weather (temperature, wind speed, cloud type, and rainfall) using KidWorks. Acceptable journal entry modeled and grading rubric created.

Class practice on first entry with extensive feedback.

Subsequent daily journal entries to be completed individually with text and illustration

Journal submitted weekly and graded according to rubric
C.4.4 Use simple science equipment safely and effectively, including rulers, balances, graduated cylinders, hand lenses, thermometers, and computers, to collect data relevant to questions and investigations The student will read a thermometer within two degrees of the correct temperature and record the temperature.

The student will classify wind speed according to a modified Beaufort scale.

Read a rain gauge and record amount of rainfall to the nearest ¼ inch.

Thermometer investigation involving hot and cold temperatures.

Record temperature of things tested in experiment.

Wind speed investigation with plastic bags outside.

Investigate anemometer and wind scale, comparing plastic bag results.

Investigate rain formation by making and observing rain bags.

Measure rainfall in classroom simulations

Accurately identify and correctly record temperature, wind speed, and rainfall in daily weather journal entry.
       
Information and Technology Literacy Standards      
A.4.4 Use a computer and communications software to access and transmit information
-log on and view information from pre-selected sites on the Internet
The student will gather relevant data on the cloud type, wind speed, rainfall, pictures, safety precautions, and any other pertinent information on a type of severe weather (tornado, hurricane, or earthquake) and synthesize the information into a group presentation to include an iMovie. Sample iMovie modeled and grading rubrics created.

Small groups chosen and topics decided

Preplanning session to decide on topic, audience, purpose, type of shots, sound clips, etc.

Creation of treatment, storyboard, and script

One to two computer lab sessions to gather information and graphics; teacher present to give help, advice, and feedback

Editing

Group presentation of material to class

iMovie

Group Presentation

**All will be evaluated based on rubrics created in class and previously discussed.

A.4.5 Use media and technology to create and present information
-use draw, paint or graphics software to create simple signs, posters, banners,
charts, visuals, etc.
The student will describe and illustrate the daily weather (temperature, wind speed, cloud type, and rainfall) using KidWorks. Exploration day to familiarize students with KidWorks

Acceptable journal entry modeled and grading rubric created.

Class practice on first entry with extensive feedback.

Subsequent daily journal entries to be completed individually with text and illustration

Journal submitted weekly and graded according to rubric

Activity Sequence Summary:

Day 1:
1. Students complete a KWL chart of weather knowledge.
2. Students watch a weather report and identify the role of a meteorologist and information covered in a weather report.
3. Students explore KidWorks and create first weather journal entry.

Day a:
1. Students participate in thermometer investigation
2. Students record temperature using thermometer picture.
3. Students complete daily weather journal entry.

Day b:
1. Teacher reads, The Wind Blew, to the class.
2. Students participate in wind speed investigation with plastic bags outside.
3. Students investigate anemometer and wind scales and compare accuracy with plastic bag experiment.
4. Students complete daily weather journal entry.

Day c:
1. Teacher reads, The Cloud Book.
2. Class introduced to three main cloud types.
3. Students individually create fold-out cloud booklet.
4. Class goes outside to “cloud watch.”
5. Students complete daily weather journal entry.

Day d:
1. Investigate rain formation by making bags and observing rain bags.
2. Students measure rainfall with rain gauge.
3. Water cycle discussed.
4. Students complete daily weather journal entry.

Day e:
1. Class creates static electricity and compares to lightning.
2. Class simulated relationship between lightning and thunder.
3. Students complete daily weather journal entry.

Day f:
1. Students begin work on severe weather presentations.
• Sample iMovie modeled and rubric created
• Small groups formed and topics chosen
• Treatment, Storyboard, and Script drafted
• Information submitted to instructor.
• Revisions made based on instructor’s suggestions.
• Editing process started
• Final iMovie submitted and presented to class.

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Page Last Updated: December 6, 2004
Questions? Contact remusaj@uwec.edu