This is an excellent summative assessment for the weather unit. Students research and report on a specific storm (hurricane, tornado, etc). Through students' presentations you will be able to see how well they understand the ways in which the elements of weather that you have studied combine to create disastrous weather events.
This project also provides an excellent opportunity to teach students study skills such as how to research a topic, correctly cite their sources, and give an informative presentation. The instructions and rubric are clear so that students know exactly what is expected. A timeline helps students stay organized so that their work is ready on time (make sure you edit the dates to fit your own classroom).
This project is easy to differentiate for students who struggle. Simplify the amount and type of information required. For example, require students to give a simplified explanation of how hurricanes form, but do not require them to explain how their particular storm formed. The fact that students are allowed to choose which storm they study increases their engagement, and the fact that they are allowed the medium for their report differentiates to different learning styles.
Students love learning about extreme weather, and this project uses their interest to showcase their understanding of the elements of weather. I hope your students enjoy this project as much as much as mine have!