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Activity Overview


Storyboard That is a great way for students to organize observations about the weather. In this activity, students will create a weather journal for a full week. This is a great activity to complete and share your results with other schools in your country, or even around the world using some app smashing!

Students can upload their own photos of the weather into the storyboards and describe them, or they can use the scenes and items on Storyboard That. In addition, to create visualizations of what the weather looks like, students can also create illustrations of measurements they have taken. Students can take the following measurements about atmospheric conditions and add them to their diaries.


  • Air Pressure - Air pressure is measured using a barometer, often using the unit millibar.
  • Temperature - Temperature can be measured using a thermometer. Temperature can fluctuate throughout the day, so the average temperature can be measured, or maximum and minimum temperatures can be recorded.
  • Amount of Precipitation - This is measured as the amount of water that has fallen. It is normally recorded in a graduated cylinder in millimeters.
  • Cloud Coverage - This is a measure of how much of the sky is covered by clouds. It is measured in Okta and ranges from 0, meaning completely clear skies, to 8, meaning the sky is completely cloudy.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-6

Difficulty Level 4 (Difficult / Complex)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group



Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Student Instructions

Create a weather journal that describes the local weather over a school week.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Label the columns as the days of the week. Add more columns if necessary.
  3. In the first row, record the amount of precipitation that fell and create an illustration to aid understanding.
  4. In the second row, record the temperature and create an illustration to aid understanding.
  5. In the third row, create a visualization of what the weather was like using scenes, props, and characters, or find a photo on Photos for Class. Alternatively, take a picture of the weather and upload it to Storyboard That!
  6. Save and submit the assignment.


Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Weather Diary
Create a storyboard that describes and illustrates the weather over a period of time.
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
16 Points
Beginning
0 Points
Illustration
Every day has an image correctly representing the weather
Most days have an image correctly representing the weather
Some days have an image correctly representing the weather
Descriptions
All the days have a clear description which contain good scientific vocabulary and details of atmospheric conditions.
Most days have a clear description which contain good scientific vocabulary and details of atmospheric conditions.
Some days have a clear description which contain good scientific vocabulary and details of atmospheric conditions.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.




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