Summary: This assignment can act as an introduction to weather fronts or as independent practice. Typically it is presented to my class as an independent assignment after we have reviewed the four different types of fronts. In order to use this assignment, you must have access to discovery education. Integrating technology into the classroom is an effective way to connect with students of all learning styles. Using this learning vignette as part of a complete digital learning framework is an instructional strategy that engages students while providing time in the classroom to work in differentiated small groups with other students.
Procedure: I typically create a hybrid assignment in google classroom by linking the directions page as “view only” and the link to the discovery education simulator. Then I print and make reduced copies of the second page for the students to complete their work and glue this into their interactive science notebook for reference. If you are not using google classroom, you’ll need to print out the two pdf pages and make copies.
7.E.1.3 Explain the relationship between the movement of air masses, high and low pressure systems, and frontal boundaries to storms (including thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes) and other weather conditions that may result.
7.E.1.4 Predict weather conditions and patterns based on information obtained from:
• Weather data collected from direct observations and measurement (wind speed and direction, air temperature, humidity and air pressure).
• Weather maps, satellites and radar
• Cloud shapes and types and associated elevation