Extreme Research Report

In this lesson, students will investigate various types of extreme weather, manipulate virtual temperatures and humidity to create specific weather conditions, use reading strategies to gather information, organize information on a graphic organizer, use proper writing conventions to complete an informative research report, and share what they have learned with the class through an oral presentation. This cross-curricular lesson challenges students to sharpen research and writing skills. The lesson connects to 6th grade Science Standard 8: The Atmosphere > Weather and Climate, specifically to GLE 0607.8.4 Analyze meteorological data to predict weather conditions. This would work as a full lesson or as a research project option for students during a research unit.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0601.4.2
Gather relevant information from a variety of print and electronic sources, as well as from direct observation, interviews, and surveys.
GLE 0601.4.4
Write a research paper, using primary and secondary sources and technology and graphics, as appropriate.
 
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Learning objectives: 

Objectives

Students will:

  • Manipulate virtual temperatures and humidity to create specific weather conditions
  • Use reading strategies to gather information
  • Organize information on a graphic organizer
  • Use proper writing conventions to complete an informative research report
  • Share what they have learned with the class through an oral presentation

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Understanding
Extension suggestions: 

Lesson Extensions:

There are many possible ways that students can present their research findings. Students can:

  • Use poster board or tri-fold display board to present information with graphic aids
  • Create a PowerPoint presentation to share what they have learned
  • Videotape their presentation to show during class

Helpful Hints

Materials:

  • Whiteboard or chart paper and markers
  • Weather Watch Activity: Weather Maker
  • Computers
  • Weather Facts printable
  • Paper and pencils
  • Organizational Outline Graphic Organizer
  • Optional: Research Paper Assessment Rubric

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