Subject(s): Science, English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 9
Computer for Presenter, Computers for Students, Internet Connection, Basic Calculators
1 Hour(s) 30 Minute(s)
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Freely Available: Yes
Keywords: Earth, science, weather, prediction, forecast, atmosphere, radar, satellite
Lesson Plan Template: Model Eliciting Activity (MEA)
- The comprehension questions/readiness questions and reflection questions can be used as formative assessment (for questions, see the Readiness questions section).
- Comprehension and readiness questions will indicate whether the students understand the problem and the problem context, and reflection questions are meant to elicit students'; thinking as they are working through the problem.
- The comprehension/readiness questions are asked of students after they read the first client letter (see Reading Passage 1).
- The teacher can ask the class to respond to these questions and ensure understanding before students begin working with the data.
Feedback to Students
- Provide students with continuous feedback throughout the lesson.
- Ask guiding, reflective, and readiness questions (found below) to monitor understanding throughout the lesson.
Teacher can assess student understanding of Weather Prediction using a quiz.
The writing standard will be assessed by using a rubric to grade each student's summary of the collaboration.
- Students will be able to recognize the the limitations of weather forecasts.
- Students will be able to develop a ranking, supported by evidence, after being given a set of data.
- Students will write a persuasive letter while responding to a client's needs.
- Students should be familiar with weather data gathering tools, both surface level and upper atmosphere.
- Students should be able to distinguish between digital and analog forecasts.
- Students should describe how a weather forecast is made.
- Students must understand how weather cycles and patterns influence forecasts.
- The teacher provides clear and explicit instructions and suggestions that are appropriate for the topic of discussion.
- Teacher should provide students with supplemental readings. Hot Air Balloon Weather is above level so teacher may read and discuss with whole class.
- The students receive client letter 1 and dataset 1.
- The teacher can ask the readiness/comprehension questions (see Readiness questions) to the class or have students complete them individually on paper.
- After students understand the task, they can begin to work in teams of approximately 3-4. In teams, students work on the problem and respond to the client with the requested deliverables.
- As students are working, the teacher circulates to each team to ask the first set of Guiding/Reflective Questions and address any issues that may arise.
- Teachers can provide guidance using the reflective questions to help students determine the important factors and start thinking about how they can present their solution.
- Students receive the client letter 2 (Reading Passage 2), dataset 2, and additional materials (found in the Dataset 2 section), along with their work from part 1.
- Teams test, evaluate, and revise their first procedure as necessary with the second dataset and provide the requested deliverables as specified in the second letter. If teams finish early, they can begin preparing their presentations.
- Hot Air Balloon Weather (1470L) Use this website to give students additional information on weather requirements for successful hot air balloon rides.
- Weather Wiz Kids (1030L) Use this website to supplement students understanding of atmospheric conditions that give the information to provide weather forecasts.
- Why do you think that?
- How do you know if you have an answer to the problem?
- Would your solution work in a different situation?
- What are the most important things to consider in your procedure?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of each?
Reading Passage 1
Big Balloon Tours Client Letter 1
- What is the problem? (The success of a hot air balloon ride company depends on finding a reliable weather forecasting company.)
- Who is the client? What is the client asking your team to do? (Hot air balloon ride company. Client needs help picking a reliable weather forecasting company.)
- What things do you need to include in your solution? (A ranking of the provided companies with a reasoning of how they were ranked.)
Data Set 1
Big Balloons Dataset 1
Letter Template 1
- What is the problem in this situation?
- What are the most important things that they want from a weather service company?
- Why do they need an accurate weather service company?
Reading Passage 2
Big Balloon Tours Client Letter 2
Data Set 2
Big Balloons Dataset 2
Letter Template 2
Reflection question 2
How did your procedure change once you received new data?
ACCOMMODATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS
- For a lesson extension, have students review weather data for their home area and make a 3 day forecast.
- Have students answer the question "Will it be a good day for a hot air balloon ride?"
Suggested Technology: Computer for Presenter, Computers for Students, Internet Connection, Basic Calculators
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