Blogging About the Weatherby: Kyle Evans and Wendy Frazier

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Since the majority of the content standards related to weather focus on forecasting, elementary students often spend a lot of time studying cloud types, fronts, storms, and using a barometer to read air pressure. Although this allows students to “do” science, the authors wanted to enhance student interest and create purpose for their learning. Therefore, they took forecasting to another level by allowing students to create their own weather forecasts and present them to their classmates on a blog. With this goal, students were eager to learn how to read a barometer and thermometer, classify clouds, and form a weather forecast based on data they collected. In addition, technology engaged students as they recorded and uploaded their forecasts.

Grades
  • Elementary
Publication Date
4/1/2010

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Reviews (5)
  • on Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:59 PM

I think this is a great way to get students involved and excited to learn/talk about weather. By incorporating the blogging aspect, the process and information becomes more relevant to students. Technology is becoming a big part of today's education so whenever it can be included, students typically are more involved. This can also be easily crossed with language arts for students' daily entries. Requiring students use the writing conventions properly. I also found it helpful that stduents are able to comment on their peers' ideas and vote on the individuals' entries that are most accurate.

Kayla
Kayla

  • on Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:59 PM

I think this is a great way to get students involved and excited to learn/talk about weather. By incorporating the blogging aspect, the process and information becomes more relevant to students. Technology is becoming a big part of today's education so whenever it can be included, students typically are more involved. This can also be easily crossed with language arts for students' daily entries. Requiring students use the writing conventions properly. I also found it helpful that stduents are able to comment on their peers' ideas and vote on the individuals' entries that are most accurate.

Kayla
Kayla

  • on Thu May 05, 2011 7:45 AM

This short journal article describes a wonderful project-based approach to teaching elementary school students about weather and weather forecasting. although it was done using a fourth grade class, i think it could also be used with middle school students quite effectively. Students are tasked to make a weather forecast, and from that end task, they learn about weather instruments, air pressure, forecast models, and many other important aspects of meteorology before creating their own weather forecast. They also use technology to present their forecasts, and their motivation for tscience increased considerably!

Dorian Janney  (Gaithersburg, MD)
Dorian Janney (Gaithersburg, MD)

  • on Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:46 PM

I really like this idea. I am planning on teaching pre-school but there are things in this article that I could do with pre-school age that would really help them understand weather. I have a 4th grader and I think I am going to do this project with her.

Heather
Heather

  • on Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:29 PM

This article outlines a strategy to get students engaged in learning about weather forecasting by having them apply what they have learned to make actual weather predictions and share those predictions with their school. A great idea to blend instruction and technology.

Kate Geer  (Louisville, CO)
Kate Geer (Louisville, CO)


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