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Name:

___________________________________ Due Date: ____________________________________


SCIENCE and English Language Arts (ELA)
(Weather Forecast Project)

Standards

SCIENCE
NGSS - Science
5-ESS3-1. Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere,
hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere.
Disciplinary Core Ideas ESS2.A: Earths major systems are the geosphere (solid and
molten rock, soil, and sediments), the hydrosphere (water and ice), the atmosphere (air),
and the biosphere (living things, including humans). These systems interact in multiple
ways to affect Earths surface materials and processes. The ocean supports a variety of
ecosystems and organisms, shapes, and landforms, and influences climate. Winds and
clouds in the atmosphere interact with the landforms to determine patterns of weather.

California Framework:
Earth Sciences 4.d. Students know how to use weather maps and data to predict local weather
and know that weather forecasts depend on many variables.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Reading Standards for Informational Text
(Key Ideas and Details):
4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text,
including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text
5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, or ideas,
or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
(Integration of Knowledge and Ideas):
4.7 Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g. in charts, graphs,
diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the
information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears
5.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to
locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
Speaking and Listening Standards: (Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas)
Grade 4:
4.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using
appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly
at an understandable pace.
4.5 Add audio recordings and visual displays to presentations when appropriate to enhance the
development of main ideas or themes.




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Grade 5:
5.4 Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using
appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly
at an understandable pace.
5.5 Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations
when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.


OBJECTIVE:
Using a visual aid, science textbook, informational readings, and computer research, students
will research, script, and create a weather forecast (either in group of no more than three
students or by self) and present to the class.

IN-CLASS Assignment (this is an in-class assignment; however, should student not finish during
class time, it is expected the student will finish at home and return to school by due date)

Using class Science textbook, in-class Chrome books (computers), and
informational reading assignments, students will research and present a weather
report.

The weather forecast should answer the following questions:
1. How does the energy from the sun change the weather patterns?
2. What influence does the ocean have over weather?
3. What role does the water cycle play in weather patterns?
4. What are weather fronts?
5. How do cold and warm fronts impact weather?
6. How can the use of weather maps and data be used to predict the weather
forecasts?
7. How does the atmosphere exert pressure on the Earths surface?

**Project must contain a visual aid (poster, map projected on document
camera, Powerpoint, etc.)**


Please be as creative as possible! If you have questions, please speak with Ms. Concotelli and
discuss your ideas, thoughts, and questions.




STUDENT NAME: _____________________________________________________________________________


WEATHER FORECAST PROJECT - RUBRIC

Presentation

Science

In-class
work time

Visual Clarity
and Appeal

Bonus Point


SCORE

Presentation is
organized and well
thought-out with
smooth transitions.
Student speaks clearly
and loudly with good
eye contact. Easy to
follow and understand

Presentation is
organized. Student
provides some eye
contact with audience.
Student speaks clearly
and is mostly easy to
follow and
understand.

Most of the required
questions are
answered and correct.
(1-2 responses to
questions are
missing).

Presentation is
not organized.
Student provides
no eye contact.
Student is difficult
to follow and
understand.

None of the
required
questions are
answered or no
responses are
correct.

Student does not


at all work
efficiently and
effectively, with a
excessive
reminders to keep
focused and stay
on task.

The project needs
significant
improvement in
design, layout,
and/or neatness.

Student works
efficiently and
effectively with no
distractions, issues, or
reminders to stay on
task.

Student works
efficiently and
effectively most of the
time, with a few
reminders to keep
focused and stay on
task.

Presentation is
somewhat
organized.
Student provides
very little eye
contact. Student
is somewhat
difficult to follow
and understand.
Few of the
required
questions are
answered and / or
correct. (3-5
responses to
questions are
missing).

Student works
somewhat
efficiently and
effectively, with a
several reminders
to keep focused
and stay on task.

The projects visual


has an excellent
design and layout. It
is neat and easy to
understand the
content.

The project has a nice


design and layout. It
is neat and easy to
read.

The project needs


improvement in
design, layout, or
neatness.

Student states
resource(s) used
(citations) at the end
of the presentation.

All seven required


questions are
answered fully and
are correct.

M. Concotelli (inspired by R. Cade) 2016-2017


TOTAL SCORE: _____________________ (out of 16 possible)