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Students will increase their knowledge and understanding of local (Florida) weather phenomena through the use of models and weather tools, be able to compare this information to weather phenomena in other areas and make predictions of weather impact.

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Florida's Unpredictable Weather - Understanding Weather Processes Locally and Beyond

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School:
Calvin A. Hunsinger 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Janet Cunningham 
Students Impacted:
30 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
August 19, 2022

Investor

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Raymond James - $495.00

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Goal

Students will increase their knowledge and understanding of local (Florida) weather phenomena through the use of models and weather tools, be able to compare this information to weather phenomena in other areas and make predictions of weather impact. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will learn 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 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. The students are served in an ESE center with 100% ESE population. All students receive free breakfast and lunch.

Students tend to be low performers in the traditional school setting. Students are staffed into the school through ESE Services with guardian approval. Low class ratio, social skills training infused throughout the day, weekly counseling and case management services assist the students to reduce behavioral concerns. Subject area teachers are dually certified with ESE certification in order to implement the most effective ESE classroom teaching strategies to help the students improve their subject understanding, knowledge base and show learning gains.

ESE Students tend to learn best through a combination of learning styles including visual, kinestetic and auditory, Providing the kinestetic, hands-on activity of working on a model increases engagement and retention. 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

All supplies are durable and can be used for multiple classes/years. Tracking map is laminated to allow for use over multiple hurricane seasons.

Weather tools - $430.00
Laminated map - $50.00
Meterology 6-12 skills and labs - $15.00 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Digital Psychrometer / Thermo-Hygrometer $40.00
2 United Scientific Supplies SPCRKIT-PK/15 Sling Psychrometer (Pack of 15) $75.00
3 AMTAST Barometer / Thermometer $40.00
4 Learning Resources Weather Center $40.00
5 Discovery Tornado 5 Speed Cyclone Controller $60.00
6 Emergency NOAA Weather Alert Radio $50.00
7 AcuRite Galileo Thermometer with Glass Barometer $30.00
8 Ambient Handheld Weather Meter $30.00
9 Handheld Digital Anemometer $35.00
10 Hurricane Tracking Laminated Chart - Full Atlantic Ocean $50.00
11 Meteorology, Grades 6 - 12 (Expanding Science Skills Series) $15.00
12 Glass Prism Set $30.00
  Total: $495.00

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