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Forecasting Weather For A 48-Hour Time Period

Elementary School- Created by Alyssa Kemp

Objective

Students will be able to predict what the weather will be up to a two day time frame.  They will also be able to read weather instruments and understand what types of clouds go with certain weather conditions.

Items Needed

§  Thermometer
§  A recording barometer
§  Weather vane
§  Anemometer
§  Weather charts
§  Hygrometer
§  Paper and pencil for notes
§  Access to a computer to record data

Note To Teacher

Students will need to have prior knowledge on how to read and label weather maps and various weather instruments.  Once this project is complete have your students share their documents with everyone in the classroom to see who came closest to the right weather forecast.

Procedure

1. Have students observe weather instruments for about three or four weeks recording all of their data daily. 
2. They will create weather maps and record their data in a chart so that they can compare their recordings in the end. 
3. Once they have recorded all of the needed data for each day have the students upload or save their work to Google Writer so that the teacher can view it.
4. After the three to four week time period that you give your students to practice with then tell them to predict the weather up to two days and to record their data on Google Writer.
5.When two days have passed and your students observed the weather outside have them make all of their documents that they have created through this project public.  Doing so gives the students an opportunity to view other classmate's predictions and to see who came closest to the right weather forecast. Adapted from:  http://www.proteacher.com/cgi-bin/outsidesite.cgi?id=10390&external=http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Science/Meteorology/MET0028.html&original=http://www.proteacher.com/110081.shtml&title=Weather%20Forecasting

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Interacting With Spanish Native Speakers

High School- Created by Beatrice Aguayo

Objective

Google Writer will enable students to interact with students from Mexico and will be able to practice their conversational skills with native speakers.

Materials Needed

-          Dictionary
-          Computer with high speed internet
-          Spanish book
-          Notebook

Note To Teacher

Teachers make sure you, as well as the students, have a basic knowledge of how to use Google Writer.  

Procedure

1.       Place group members into their groups. Explain to the students that there will be one native speaker per group.
2.       Proceed to the computer lab, and have everyone log into Google writer. If a student does not have an account, make sure he/she creates one.
3.       Once everyone is logged in, have everyone introduce themselves. The students from Mexico will be able to correct any misspelled words or fix any grammatical errors.
4.       Once the introductions have been made have the students formulate a serious of questions and have the students make a table of contents of the questions.
5.       Make the students aware that they only have one week until the journal is due. If they struggle with any vocabulary or grammar then inform the students to refer back to their Spanish books or their dictionaries.    
6.       Once the students have collected all of their information, inform them that their journals will be due next class and it will be graded on a grammatically correct base.

Evaluation

By giving the experience of interacting with native speakers, and having the native speakers change any grammatical errors, the students should be able to write a 2-3 page journal on their experience. Students must achieve a C or higher to be considered mastering the assignment.

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