We are heading into Peak Hurricane Season, with forecasts predicting 12-17 named storms. Using the resources below, students can track Tropical Storms and Hurricanes, as well as learn about how hurricanes form, the parts of a hurricane, the difference between a tropical storm and a hurricane, and the intensities of hurricanes with this mini-unit from my Adopt-a-City Weather Unit (link).
My 6th graders completed their Adopt-a-City unit and wrote their weather reports comparing the weather in Morristown, NJ to their adopted cities. Students transferred their data to the following Google Sheet Template and then analyzed their data to write their weather reports using Google Docs.
Overall this was a successful unit. The students enjoyed having an independent study based classroom experience and working at their own pace. They worked cooperatively with their peers and were able to explore each topic in depth with the provided resources. They also learned so many valuable skills and had a real understanding of weather. Below are some sample graphs for different cities:
Pacing for Adopt-a-City Unit – students collected data and created Mini-Maps at the start of each class, and they updated their weather data over the weekends. I checked mini-maps and gave a daily grade of 5 pts per map completed and graded completed tasks as they handed them in. I also graded weather data for completion to be sure their data was up to date. Having a shared spreadsheet, with tabs for each student in the class, made it easy to quickly check each student’s data. I also added quizzes to check for understanding along the way. Their weather report was weighted as a test grade.
Day 1: Tasks 1-2
Day 2: Tasks 2-3, HW Task 2 completed
Day 3: Tasks 3-4-5, HW Tasks 3 & 4 to be completed
Day 4: Tasks 4-5-6, HW Task 5 to be completed
Day 5: Tasks 6-7, HW Task 6 to be completed
Day 6: Tasks 7-8
Day 7: Tasks 7-8, HW Task 7 part 1 to be completed
Day 8: Tasks 7-8, HW Task 7 – complete Part 2
Day 9: Tasks 7-8-9, HW Task 8 to be completed
Day 10: Tasks 8-9-10
Day 11: Tasks 9-10-11, HW complete Task 9
Day 12: Tasks 10-11
Day 13: Tasks 10-11-12, HW complete Task 10
Day 14: Tasks 11-12-13
Day 15: Tasks 11-12-13, HW complete Task 11
Day 16: Tasks 12-13
Day 17: Tasks 12-13-14, HW complete task 12
Day 18: Tasks 13-14
Day 19: Tasks 13-14-15, HW complete task 13
Day 20: Tasks 14-15 or begin Weather Report, HW complete task 14
Day 21: Task 15 or begin Weather Report, HW complete task 15
Pages 124-125 in your Weather Guide about the Beaufort Wind Scale
Pages 60-67 in your Weather Guide about High and Low Pressure
B) Bernoulli’s Principle – try it out!
Bernoulli’s Principle (link): complete 3 of the activities posted (I will supply the materials) and write 3-5 sentences for each activity using google doc or lined paper describing what you did and what you learned by doing each activity.
How does wind and air pressure allow us to fly? BrainPOP Flight Movie (link)
Looking at today’s weather map inspired me to dig out a lesson on reading and drawing isotherms. I haven’t taught weather in a very long time, but plan to in the spring, and was happy to see that this interactive website was still up and running (link) after all this time.
I really like this interactive tutorial for drawing isotherms because after a student has drawn their line, they can immediately check their work by comparing the line they drew to the line drawn by the computer. They have instant feedback and make adjustments if needed. Then they draw the correct line on their worksheet and try the next one using what they just learned.
After students are done with the online tutorial, they can try creating their own lines on a map of the USA for additional practice.
This is the worksheet for the website and the practice map (pdf) and the website (link).