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Students will increase their knowledge and understanding of local weather phenomena through the use of models and weather tools and be able to compare this information to weather phenomena in other areas.

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STEM - Unpredictable Florida - Understanding Weather Processes Locally and Beyond

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School:
Calvin A. Hunsinger 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Janet Cunningham 
Students Impacted:
25 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
August 21, 2017

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Suncoast Credit Union - $900.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 25

Students used models and classroom materials related to weather processes in Florida.  Using the models helped students to better conceptuallize the concepts.  The weather in Florida is unpredicable and the use of the models allowed the students to understand how natural occurrances such as Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria could be so devastating to areas they hit.  These models and materials were very timely and helpful due to the extreme weather this school year.  The students have a better understanding of how and why of weather processes.

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

Students will increase their knowledge and understanding of local weather phenomena through the use of models and weather tools and be able to compare this information to weather phenomena in other areas. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will learn about the various weather processes which take place in Florida and beyond. They will learn the importance of understanding the various types of weather instruments and the data that these instruments can provide. The students will have hands-on opportunities to graph weather data, plot weather fronts and take real time data using tools and materials requested through the grant. Students will be able to analyze the data that is taken and create broad inferences regarding the local weather and compare and contrast weather phenomena which we experience in Florida with weather that is experienced in other areas. Students will be able to conclude why certain weather phenomena exists in Florida and not in other areas.

Use of the various weather tools and supporting materials will help the students in being able to explain how the various aspects of data collection is vital in being able to complete an accurate forecast. Students will work collaboratively to create accurate forecasts using instruments and tools. Students will self monitor their forecasts for accuracy.

 

 

Benefits to my students

Students will become familiar with the weather instruments that are used to collect data. Students will be able to take the data and learn to analyze the information and draw inferences about weather in Florida and beyond. Weather is a vital aspect of life when living in an area such as Florida which has high incidents of lightning strikes and thunderstorms. Additionally, aspects of the weather which is experienced in Florida includes strong winds, water spouts, tropical storms and hurricanes. Students will become aware of the data that is used to predict these phenomena and be able to recognize the signs of danger and act accordingly.

 

 

Describe the Students

All students are Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students. Students are Emotional-Behavioral Disorders, Other Health Impaired, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and/or School Based Mental Health.

Students tend to be low performers in the traditional schools. Low class ratio, behavior management, social skills training infused throughout the day and case management assist the students in showing gains.

Students tend to be hands-on learners. They work best with real materials that they can manipulate and utilize. Students tend to be able to conceptualize the more rigorous high school standards when they are engaged in hands on data collection and discovery.
 

 

Budget Narrative

Weather instruments (barometers, anemometers, weather meters, weather station and weather center) = 335.00

Weather map and climagraph = 150.00

New Path Learning curriculum on Earth's surface and related multimedia lesson = 165.00

Instructional materials and supplies required for instruments, teaching of concepts, etc = 250.00 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Weather Map/ Plotting Chart $135.00
2 Weather Climagraph $15.00
3 Accurite Weather Station $175.00
4 Learning Resources Weather Center $40.00
5 New Path Learning Curriculum - Earth's Surface $90.00
6 New Path Learning Multimedia Lesson $75.00
7 Sper Scientific Barometer $50.00
8 Ambient Handheld Weather Meter $30.00
9 Digital Anemometer $40.00
10 Instructional Materials and Supplies $250.00
  Total: $900.00

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