On Monday we discussed the Beaufort Wind Scale and how it is used. After practicing using the scale in class, students were permitted to complete the two multiple choice (selected response or SR) questions on their homework in class, using the scale on the back of their sheet. The students were instructed to take the sheet home and complete the constructed response question for homework. Students were instructed to use complete sentences as well as proper punctuation and capitalization. I will inform them tomorrow that I will be taking a writing grade on this as well. They will be told that a complete sentence would be: The wind speed is x to y miles per hour. The sea would have a... b... and c. Their response really should not be more than two to four sentences. They will receive two grades for the assignment - one for writing, and one for science. I will review this with them on Thursday and allow them to revise their writing Thursday night prior to turning it in on Friday.
In our Science class we are beginning to look at the weather. We have had some involved discussions about why the weather is important and how it can influence our everyday lives. We have discussed the types of jobs that can be influenced by the weather and have brainstormed some ideas about predicting weather and its trends.
Every day, as we enter class we are now logging the current weather conditions using the Weatherbug website.
You can access the data from our school weather station by following this link:
Feel free to ask you child to see their weather log. It is in their binder under the Science tab. You should also find a sheet of chart paper. We will be charting some of this data as soon as we collect a bit more. This graphing exercise will allow the students to see temperature trends in a visual format over time.