2nd Grade Weather WebQuest

Introduction

               The weatherman, Mr. Storm, needs your help. It has been raining nonstop and the people of Pleasantville are starting to complain! He needs you to create a new type of weather that your neighbors will enjoy more than rain. Get ready to climb into Mr. Storm’s weather machine. You will fly into four different types of storms and learn more about them.  Then, Mr. Storm wants you to watch a story about someone creating weather. This will help give you a hint and teach you how dangerous it is to make up your own weather; so listen carefully. Finally, you will fly back home, where you will construct a new type of weather.

Task

In this WebQuest, you will learn about four different types of storms that people experience in the United States, each year. For this WebQuest you need to split into groups of four students each. Once you are in your group you need to decide who will research each type of weather: blizzards, thunderstorm, hurricane, and tornado. You will also need to research about clouds. Clouds are very important when it comes to the weather. Then work alone for a while as you research your weather. I have provided a worksheet to help you document your research findings. After researching your type of weather bring your group back together. Spend some time in your group sharing what you have learned about each storm system.               

 

Next, watch Dr. Seuss’ “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” together. After watching the story, pick one person to be your notetaker.  Make a list of things that went wrong in the story. What problems did the weather create? How did the people feel after? What would you do differently? What will you do to create a type of weather that is helpful?

 

Finally, your team is ready to decide on what new weather you are going to create for Pleasantville. Your team will need to make a picture with labels of your new weather.  Make sure that your picture is big, colorful, and everything is spelled correctly. Then, create a presentation. Tell us what type of clouds form in your storm. Tell us the characteristics of your storm. Make sure to include how to prepare for your weather and the dangers that could happen. As you prepare your presentation be ready to answer questions. These questions might bring up some issues with your new weather. Be ready to nicely defend your new type of weather.

Process

Task One: Research a Storm and Clouds

First, decide what each person in your group is going to research. Then, visit the links below that go with the storm you chose. Don't forget to research about different clouds. As you are reading the articles and watching the videos, fill in the worksheet. You can access the link from this address. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hPGwrL84siI1A_mDkrzx2pgwVaG-hHTB/view?usp=sharin. Then meet up with your group to go over your findings.

Task 2 Dr. Seuss' "Bartholomew and the Oobleck”

Now pull your team back together. Discuss what you found out about your type of storm and see what your group found out. Then watch this video. Watch what happens when a new storm is created. Select a note taker. Answer these questions at the end of the video:

  • Make a list of things that went wrong in the story.
  • What problems did the weather create?
  • How did the people feel after?
  • What would you do differently?
  • What will you do to create a type of weather that is helpful?

 

Task 3 Create Your Weather

Finally, your team is ready to decide on what new weather you are going to create for Pleasantville. Think big! Be creative and remember you cannot create a type of weather we already have or something similar.

  • Step One:
    • Pick a storm. Discuss the benefits of your type of weather. Discuss what bad things could happen from your type of weather. Also, discuss what types of clouds are formed in your new weather.
  • Step Two:
    • Draw a picture of your new weather. Make it colorful and creative. Label each cloud formation in your picture and other elements. Make sure you spell everything correctly.
  • Step Three:
    • Prepare a presentation. Tell us about your storm.
      • What is your storm's name?
      • What temperatures are normal in your weather?
      • What are the benefits?
      • What are the dangers?
      • What clouds are formed?
      • How long does it last?
    • You might be asked questions. Make sure you are ready to defend in a friendly manner.
  • Step Four:
    • Present your project to the class. Each person needs to take a turn speaking.

 

Evaluation

CATEGORY

4

3

2

1

Focus on the task

Consistently stays focused on the task and what needs to be done. Very self-directed.

Focuses on the task and what needs to be done most of the time. Other group members can count on this person.

Focuses on the task and what needs to be done some of the time. Other group members must sometimes nag, prod, and remind to keep this person on-task.

Rarely focuses on the task and what needs to be done. Lets others do the work.

Attitude

Always has a positive attitude about the task(s).

Often has a positive attitude about the task(s).

Usually has a positive attitude about the task(s).

Often has a negative attitude about the task(s).

Quality of Work

Provides work of the highest quality.

Provides high quality work.

Provides work that occasionally needs to be checked/redone by other group members to ensure quality.

Provides work that usually needs to be checked/redone by others to ensure quality.

Weather Worksheet

5-6 questions on the worksheet where correct.

4 questions on the worksheet where correct.

3 questions on the worksheet were correct.

2 or less questions on the worksheet were correct.

Creativity of Weather

New type of weather was very creative.

New type of weather was creative.

New type of weather was somewhat creative.

New type of weather was a little creative.

Presentation

Student shared information about the group\'s new form of weather.

Student share some information about the new form of weather.

Student shared little information on the new form of weather.

Student did not share about the new form of weather.

Conclusion

Great work! Mr. Storm is very pleased at all of your hard work and creative minds. He looks forward to predicting your weather in the future.

Weather can be a fun and interesting topic to learn more about when you have time. If you would like to learn more about weather feel free to use a kid friendly search engine such as www.kiddle.co for kid friendly articles. Also, grab a parent and search www.youtube.com to find fun weather videos.

 

Credits

“Blizzards.” Blizzards | UCAR Center for Science Education, scied.ucar.edu/shortcontent/blizzards.

“Clouds – Earth's Security Blanket.” Clouds – Earth's Security Blanket - Tree House Weather Kids - University of Illinois Extension, extension.illinois.edu/treehouse/clouds.cfm?Slide=4.

DeMaio, Mr. “Tornado Facts for Kids!” YouTube, YouTube, 2 Nov. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH4YT9secVw.

DeMaio, Mr. “Hurricane Facts for Kids!” YouTube, YouTube, 23 Nov. 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kLwbb0ggFU.

DeMaio, Mr. “Thunder and Lightning Explained for Kids!” YouTube, YouTube, 9 Aug. 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCJPQ9dCUfs.

DeMaio, Mr. “Cloud Facts for Kids!” YouTube, YouTube, 14 July 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhLT11hKyok.

“Earth Science for Kids.” Ducksters Educational Site, www.ducksters.com/science/earth_science/clouds.php.

“Hurricanes.” Because Weather Is Awesome, www.weatherwizkids.com/?page_id=58.

Kids, SciShow. “What Is a Tornado?” YouTube, YouTube, 15 July 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s3UwOq1P1E.

Kids, SciShow. “What Causes Thunder and Lightning?” YouTube, YouTube, 18 June 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEiVi9TB_RQ.

Kids, SciShow. “What's a Hurricane?” YouTube, YouTube, 20 July 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKubdY2mHXc.

Kids, SciShow. “The Biggest Snowstorms!” YouTube, YouTube, 22 Feb. 2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpBtRmTmbqQ.

Payne, Victor. “Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr Seuss IOS Kids Read Learn and Play Story Book.” YouTube, YouTube, 10 Jan. 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUfp5kulutM.

“Thunderstorms.” Because Weather Is Awesome, www.weatherwizkids.com/?page_id=68.

“Tornadoes.” Because Weather Is Awesome, www.weatherwizkids.com/?page_id=60.

“Winter Storms.” Because Weather Is Awesome, www.weatherwizkids.com/?page_id=62.

Teacher Page

By: Brittany Robinson

I created this WebQuest for a graduate class on designing WebQuest.