The science class has begun our final unit of the year with our focus now on weather. Students have spent the first two weeks focusing on how the sun helps to begin the process of creating weather by unevenly heating the earth’s surface. Our focus turned to the different ways that weather develops by studying fronts, high and low pressure systems, conduction, convection, and radiation. The past couple of days we have now started to come to understand how the oceans factor into our weather patterns. In order to help the students comprehend all of this information, we have worked on diagrams and maps, along with readings and videos that connects all of these aspects together. We will spend the first part of this week looking for patterns in weather that allow meteorologists to predict the weather before students have to complete a mini project on weather forecasting.
Next Steps: Two Weather Mini-Projects
In the coming weeks, students will participate in two small projects associated with weather. The first will be a meteorology project, where students will be given a set of data and they will need to create a weather forecast using all the key concepts that we have focused on during the course of the unit. The second project will involve students looking at how weather affects how we live, especially the impacts on our homes. We will study current construction methods and how they are designed to create “weather proof” homes. We will conclude our unit the week before Memorial Day with our summative assessments.
For All Rubrics Reminders
The science has now checked in several assignments with the weather unit. Please remember you can see and track your student’s progress on For All Rubrics. The green checkmarks mean that they have successfully submitted the assignment. The red check marks mean the assignment is missing or needs enhancements prior to checkoff. Just a reminder that all late work needs to be personally checked off with the student's teacher in order to be removed or updated from the missing work list.