Project 4: Weather & You

Logo General Information
Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Technology Education
Resource Connections
Evaluation

  General Information

Lead Teacher:Karyl Wells
School:Balbo Elementary School
P.O. Box 280
Shoal Harbour, Newfoundland
A0C 2L0
Telephone: 709-466-7552
Fax: 709-466-7592
Grade Level:Grade 7
Number of Students:2 Groups of 18
Project Start and Finish Dates:Feb.3 - Feb. 21, 1997

  Project Overview

We will study the weather/climate characteristics of different areas in North America (Canada, U.S. & Mexico). Students will work in pairs and check the daily weather conditions for 2 particular cities they have chosen. For a period of 2 weeks students will record the highest and lowest temperature and the landforms and water forms that are near their particular cities. At the end of 2 weeks students will plot their information on graph paper for display and write a report on factors that affect weather and climate, the influence of weather and climate on human activities and the importance of meteorology and meteorologists in our everyday lives.

  Curriculum Connections

Main Curriculum Areas:

  1. Social Studies
  2. Mathematics

School Curriculum /Instructional Philosophy will be addressed by:

  1. Integrating several subject areas within one theme
  2. Designing student centred instruction -- students play an active role in the learning process
  3. Considering individual learning abilities and styles when planning a unit of work
  4. Attempting to integrate technology in the instructional process
  5. Ensuring that a unit is grounded in provincial ILOs

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs):

Students will be able to:

  1. list 10 reasons how winds, ocean currents and elevation affect climate
  2. list 5 reasons how climate is a significant factor in human activity
  3. state the effect of latitude on climate
  4. create and interpret data in tables and on maps to see the relationships between seasons and temperatures and latitude and temperatures
  5. interpret information in climographs to determine climate patterns
  6. list 5 reasons for cause and effect in the relationship between climate and human activity
  7. describe how major landforms and water forms affect weather and climate
  8. accurately obtain information from multi-media
  9. state the importance of meteorologists to our study of weather and climate

ILOs in Relation to Provincial ILOs:

All units planned must correspond to the ILOs outlined in the Department of Education Curriculum Guides.

  ILO's of Technology Education

The ILOs of this project have direct links to those dealing with technology education. For example, students will conduct research via the computer and use a word processor to complete this project. More specifically, students will be able to:

  1. Use a word processor to:
       Create a new document
       Save the document on a storage disk
       Edit document (e.g., spell check, format, font, etc...)
       Send a print job to the network printer
       Import graphics, charts and text art into the document
  2. Search for information by using such software as: Compton's, Grolier, Encarta, World Atlas, Super Tom and Eloquent Librarian.
  3. Access the Internet to obtain information by:
       Conducting net searches
       Downloading and/or printing files

  Resource Connections

Benefits of Stellar School Internet Connection:

The Internet connection will enable us to access current information not readily available from traditional sources.

Other Resources:

  1. Newspapers
  2. T.V. weather forecasts
  3. Grade 7 Textbooks (Social Studies & Mathematics)
  4. Corel WordPerfect for drawing charts, graphs and writing reports
  5. World Atlas on computer and in book format
  Evaluation

ILOs in Checklist Form:

Students will be able to:

  1. Use computer to obtain correct information
  2. Use other material (atlas, text) to obtain correct information
  3. Describe how major landforms and water forms affect climate
  4. State (in essay form) the causes and effects in the relationship between climate and human activity
  5. "Read" climograph to determine climate patterns
  6. Create (using computer) tables and graphs
  7. Interpret tables, graphs, maps to determine relationships between seasons and temperature and latitude and temperatures
  8. State the effect of latitude on climate
  9. State the climatic factors that influence human activity

Evaluation Procedure:

Teacher observation in student use of computer in developing graphs, writing reports and accessing information. Final copy of temperature graphs to evaluate essay answers to questions on weather/climate. A unit test later with questions on this project.

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