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An integrative science unit combines science content on severe weather with the engineering design process.
This article describes a weather research project in which a third grade class studies weather and focuses on a technical understanding of the tools and methods used to forecast future atmospheric conditions. The article says that this activity combines science content on severe weather with the engineering design process. The teacher actually goes outside with the class and creates their own weather simulations. This aligns with MD State Standards very well and the research, data collection, and written assignments that go along with the interactive aspects are all explained very well and this is something I would love to do myself! Highly recommended article!
Michelle Mattern (Germantown, MD)
I like how this article incorporated the Next Generation Science Standards core ideas into the science/engineering project.The article explains the step by step process teachers should take with their students. The students are engaged in the activity because they are first asked to describe their one experiences with weather before beginning the activity. The activity is great because it is an activity that the teacher can do with the students in a week not just one day. As the days go by the students get more engaged and motivated to complete the activity. I can't wait to be able to do this with my students!
Laura Tun (Silver Sprin, MD)
This very detailed unit on severe weather has an extensive selection of resources to use. The article gives an excellent description of all the steps used in the severe weather unit. A culminating activity was for students to design and build a shelter to protect them from a type of severe weather. Then the shelters were tested to see how effective they were. Students found this activity very engaging and used their acquired knowledge to create their structure.
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)