Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Nadorff Science

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Nadorff 6th/7th Grade Science

What are the students doing?  
The students had to pick a location within the United States.  Once they chose their area, they had to do daily weather reports and find the high/low temperature, chance of precipitation, wind speed, wind direction and barometric pressure for at least 5 days of weather.  Then they had to predict the weather using their daily weather forecasts for the next 2-3 days.  Once they had their weather predictions, they had to write a script in their groups.  One person was the news anchor, one was the meteorologist and the other was the camera person.  They had to first practice their scripts using we-video on the Chromebooks.  Then students had to present their final rehearsed script in front of the class.  Once students were finished practicing, they got to create a background for their weather video. Once they did their final video take in the library, students edited their videos using we-video and inserted their backgrounds for the video.  Then they uploaded their final videos onto their weather portfolios.  


videoWhat do you hope students accomplish by completing this activity?
 I hope that students will understand that it takes a lot of information and data in order predict weather.  I also hope they learn how to have a better stage presence.  Students really enjoyed making their videos and scripts.  Some really took their roles of news anchors and meteorologists seriously, while matching their own personalities with the script.  

How did this activity tie to your standards?
The new science standards involve performance tasks.  Students need to be able to gather weather data, interpret the data, and make weather predictions. This activity involved students gathering weather data, analyzing the data to make predictions.  Then they needed to communicate their results via we-video.   

How did this activity promote student learning?
Students were actively involved in the entire process on collecting data, making predictions and writing their weather scripts.  Everyday the students could not wait until the end of class to continue working on their scripts and videos.  I believe that students learn better by doing, rather than seeing.  Students were so excited to see their ending results using we-video after two weeks of working on gather data, interpreting data, writing scripts, making videos, creating backgrounds and editing their videos.  

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