|Grade Level: Grade 3-5|
|Estimated Time for Completing Activity: Approx. 8 50-minute class periods|
|Learning Outcomes: |
The student will:
- Use sources to gather information about clouds.
- Create a PowerPoint presentation that describes (and illustrates) twelve different kinds of clouds.
- Use a rubric to evaluate slideshow (PowerPoint presentation).
|National Standards: |
- Science Content Standard D: Earth and Space Science
|Virginia Standards of Learning: |
- Science 3.1 : The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations.
- Science 4.1 : The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations.
- Science 4.6 : The student will investigate and understand how weather conditions and phenomena occur and can be predicted.
- Science 5.1 : The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations.
- English 5.7 : The student will write for a variety of purposes: to describe, to inform, to entertain, to explain, and to persuade.
- English 5.8 : The student will edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraphing.
- Competence in the use of literary research skills, the Internet, and PowerPoint (or other presentation software)
- access to computer and Internet
- S'COOL cloud ID chart or other cloud chart
- nonfiction science/weather books as found in school library
- S'COOL cloud poster
- copies of Rubric Grading for Cloud Slideshow-one copy per student
- spreadsheet or graphing program
|Lesson Links: |
For student use:
For teacher use:
Cloud observation plays a huge role in the study of weather and itís forecasting. Providing students an opportunity to learn cloud types, synthesize the information, and create a presentation for sharing with the other students will prepare them for better understanding of all weather phenomenon and the associated changes in the.
- Show students a teacher-prepared slideshow of clouds that pictorially illustrates different kinds of clouds. (Picture of clouds or a cloud ID chart could be used.)
- Ask students to hypothesize what kinds of weather the different kinds of clouds could help predict. Give students a list of clouds (see vocabulary cited above).
- Have students research the different cloud formations via the Internet and/or the books available in the school library.
- Distribute and review self-evaluation rubric for purpose of explaining specific requirement of the slideshow.
- Have students plan their slideshow presentation by drawing a storyboard.
- Have students create their slideshow presentation.
- Have students self-evaluate their work using a rubric.
- Have students share their slideshows with their classmates.
- Hold a parent open house so that parents can preview the student's products.
- Display slideshows on a computer in the school library.
|Teacher Notes: |
- A sample rubric is included. The teacher will need to determine the grading scale from the available points which may be earned. For example, 145 - 160 = A.
- It is recommended that the teacher bookmark several Internet sites for the students to use. Ex. General Cloud Information from S'COOL web page.
- This unit will serve to introduce Project S'COOL. Upon completion of this unit, students will begin gathering data and submitting it to S'COOL via the Internet.
- Depending on software on students' computers, different presentation tools could be used in lieu of Powerpoint. If technology is not available, the same activity could be done with students creating a booklet, pop-up book, or posters.
- This is intended to be done as individual PowerPoint slide presentation but could certainly also be done in partnerships or small groups.
- Time constraints may be added at the research stage, the planning stage, and the creation of the presentation stage.
|Assessment: Rubric Grading for Cloud Slideshow (Note: Different categories of clouds can be used instead of the three suggested on the rubric
|Reference: Lesson Plan developed by Pamela M. Saunders, Isle of Wight County Schools, Virginia, USA, for NASA's S'COOL Project; updated September 1999 by Carolyn J. Green; updated June 2012 by S'COOL team.