Teacher Tip: This lesson is intended as an introduction to a project regarding severe weather. It is used to spark interest in students and provide them with enough information to decide which type of severe weather they would like to research for their project. During this lesson, you will need at least 4 laptops with internet access for showing the videos. Students will work to address MS-ESS2-5 as they complete the project in the subsequent lesson. W6.1a is addressed during this lesson as students are to claim which type of weather they would like to research and support it with information from the lesson.
To begin the lesson, students are shown a "wordle" (jumble of words associated with severe weather) and are asked to choose 3 that they recognize and write about them in their student notes sheet:
ENGAGE: Look at the word cloud above and choose any 3 words you know. Write them down and explain what you know about them.
Next, students in small groups (3-4) will share their words from the wordle. One person will start by reading their first word and saying their response. Should another student also have chosen that word, they will say their response after student 1, until all students in the group have shared their words and responses. They will be guided through the process using their notes sheet:
EXPLORE: Share your responses from above with your group. Read your words and their meanings. If someone else chose your word, they will read their meaning after you. Compare and contrast your responses.
For the next section, students will work in their small groups. There will be a device showing the video on each table. Students move from one table to the next, completing the notes sheet for each table. I start a timer for 5 minutes, at the end, they will move to the next table.
EXPLAIN: There are 4 types of severe weather we will learn about. At each station, read the article and then watch the video. Complete the table with your responses.
Finally, students will individually respond to the following on their notes sheet which pushes them to choose a favorite or most dangerous type of weather that they would like to research for their project and also to explain why:
EVALUATE: Based on your initial observations of the videos, which type of severe weather do you think is the most dangerous and why? Support your answer with details from the videos.
I think... is the most severe kind of weather because...