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Grade 5 : Science Topic D: Weather Watch Hyperstudio

Instructional Design: Shawn McMillin
Charlotte Kirchner
Julie Maissonneuve

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals: Describe and interpret weather phenomena; and relate weather to the heating and cooling of Earth’s surface.

ICT Outcomes:
Below is a pdf file identifying all of the ICT outcomes touched on throughout this project. Click on the file to download it to your computer.

Enduring Understandings:
Students will understand the effect weather has on our daily lives and appreciate being able to predict it.

Essential Questions:
What is weather/climate (differences)?
What causes weather to change?
How does the weather influence our daily life?

Students will know and be able to:
- describe different forms of precipitation (in particular: rain,hail, sleet & snow).
- recognize and explain the different components of a weather situation.
- identify and explain some weather components of a chosen image.
- appreciate how important it is to be able to forecast weather.
- recognize the importance of accuracy in observation and measurement.
- describe what clothing fabrics/ designs have the characteristics that most effectively meet the challeges of a particular weather condition.
- Student will explain security measures to consider during such a weather activity.

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
You are a weather scientist and you must prepare a multimedia presentation to inform your classmates on certain weather conditions.
You will identify and explain at least 3 different components of a weather system in a chosen/given image.
You must describe three weather components and describe how to protect from it (clothing, shelter, etc.)

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)
Quizzes, tests, teacher observation

Self Assessment
Student Checklist (self-evaluation)

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
Lessons to do in class before and during lab periods. It is preferable to do as much as possible before going in the lab.
•Lesson 1: Introduction to weather and investigation process.
Students will learn the difference between weather and climate.
Students will  have a brief introduction to  different components: precipitation,  air movement, atmospheric pressure, surface temperature, radiant energy, and wind.
Teachers determine groups. Have students choose or have teachers assign pictures and talk about the rubric and expectations for work.
•Period 1 in lab: Students see a sample of a Hyperstudio presentation with do's and don’ts.
Then they explore drawing backgrounds on a practice card. They save their work when they like their background.
Have students plan their slideshow on paper in class. Also have them research their information in class.
•Lesson 2: Teach how to add another card and place weather system picture as the background. Teach students how to make and test buttons.
•Lesson 3: Review lesson 2 creating text and text boxes. For card titles, have students create text boxes but remove the borders.
•Lesson 4: Review lesson 3 assembling project with 5 cards, and appropriate buttons and information. Talk about the rubric and expectations for work.
•Lesson 5-7: Review previous lessons and student work.
•Lesson 8: Show how to use spell check and have students edit their project. Teach some students how to add sound effects and images. They can teach other students as they become ready to add those components.
•Lesson 9-10 presentation of projects and assessment using the rubric. Other students could assess each-other and self-assess their work.

Resources: Hyper studio, library books, newspapers, internet,
Edmonton Public Schools, Science- Topic D- The Weather

For students students who have limited reading and understanding, attention and behavior problems

Variation in content

Task is more basic

• fewer cards (hyper studio)
• one (1) topic sentence (caption) per button.

Additional Teacher Resources
These are documents for teachers and/or students that were developed to support the project.  Documents will always be available in pdf format as well as in the original format created (e.g. MS Word, AppleWorks, Inspiration, etc)


Click to download Rubric WWRubric.pdf

Student Exemplars

The following exemplars represent an excellent, adequate and limited student samples. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.  NB - You will need Hyperstudio installed on your computer to view.

 Last Modified: 30 July,2005