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Weather Task Cards and Project

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This project is so FUN! Students will create PowerPoint presentations based on research guided through task cards. Each student will be given a total of nine task cards on one of the five specific natural weather phenomena: tornado, rain and flood, thunderstorms, hurricane, and snowstorm. Students will research 4/9 of the following task cards - or more! This research will be the foundation of information in their self created PowerPoints.

Don't have technology available? Students can create an informative poster instead!

In cooperative learning environments, students should be actively involved in exploring the phenomena in the natural world posing questions and seeking answers as they arise. Students develop simple skills of observation, measurement, and number sense.

Younger students learn best in cooperative learning environments by developing ideas, testing them, and observing their idea compared with other students’ ideas. Listening skills should be explicitly taught so that students learn that there is no correct answer, there are only ways to improve ones ideas based on evidence and support from their peers.

When students engage in cooperative learning environments, they retain information better and outperform students who do not participate in cooperative learning environments on standardized tests.


- Students will collaborate to create a digital presentation.
- Students will research and describe how certain weather conditions can affect the weather.
- Students will explain how to keep safe during severe weather conditions.

***Can be completed in small groups or independently***

***Optional to create an informative writing piece or with a PowerPoint presentation***

Project Pacing Guide

Day 1:
-Introduce project and rubric
-Create rules for working together
-Break into groups
-Each student chooses 1 task card

Day 2:
Review rules
introduce website www.weatherwizkids.com
break into groups
each student answers task card

Day 3:
-review rules
-introduce jobs and roles
-assign student jobs
-model introduction page and how to save it
-groups create introduction page and save it

Day 4:
review rules and jobs
model obtaining online pictures, opening document, creating first slide, and saving
groups create slide 1 and save

Day 5:
review opening, obtaining pictures, and saving
model creating slide 2 and save
groups create slide 2 and save

Day 6:
review opening, obtaining pictures, and saving
model creating slide 3 and save
groups will create slide 3 and save

Day 7:
review opening, obtaining pictures, and saving
model creating credits slide and save
groups create credits slide and save

Day 8:
review opening and saving document
model adding animations and editing using spell check
groups will add animations and edit

Day 9
review opening and saving
create rules for speaking and listening
practice presentations in groups

Day 10
- each group presents project


-Teacher Notes/Instructions
-Parent Letter
-Student Self Assessment
-Thunderstorm Task Cards
-Hurricane Task Cards
-Winter Storm Task Cards
-Tornado Task Cards
-Rain and Flood Task Cards
-Student Response Paper

Meets Common Core Standards:
-- K - 12.CCW.R.8

Second Grade

- 2.RI.1
- 2.W.2
- 2.W.7
- 2.SL.1
- 2.SL.1.a

Third Grade

- 3.RI.1
- 3.W.2
- 3.SL.1
- 3.SL.3


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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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