Lesson Plan

Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, and Hurricanes News Report

Students will use information about catastrophic storms to create a newscast, weather report, documentary, or interview showing their understanding of the storm they have chosen.
Shirl C.
Classroom teacher
Garnet Valley Middle School
Glen Mills, United States
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My Grades 6
My Subjects Science, Social Studies
Objectives

Students will be able to..

*read informational text, understand, and respond to the informational text – with emphasis on comprehension, making connections among ideas and between texts with focus on textual evidence.

 

*determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.

 

*use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and 

 efficiently.

Subjects
Science
Grades 6
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Day 1: Identify Big Ideas with an Exit Ticket

Activity: Reading

1.  Please Do Now: Ask students to write down what they Know about Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, and Hurricanes (3 mins)

  • Turn and share w/partner

  • Whole group share

2.  Teacher Reads aloud of text

3.  Assign Students into groups of 3-4 and assign one of the Natural Disasters

4.  Students will complete the Appropriate Notesheet to text render the following text - (Thunderstorms , Tornadoes , Hurricanes ).  

  • Text Rendering Strategy: What is one word, one phrase, one sentence that stood out to you

    Teacher will model main idea and details of the reading shared aloud.

     

Student Instructions
1.  As a Group Complete the Notesheet below with the following information:

Thunderstorms:

Include description of thunderstorms

When do thunderstorms occur?

Where do thunderstorms occur?

What accompanies thunderstorms?

Vocabulary:

Heavy winds, rain, sleet, snow, hail

Sound

Flash floods

Mid-latitudes

Thundersnow

 

Hurricanes:

Include description of hurricanes

How do hurricanes form?

Where do hurricanes form?

What damages are caused?

Vocabulary:

Massive rotating storm

Tropical water

Tropical storms

Saffir/Simpson

Land Speed

Wind Speed

 

Tornadoes:

Include description of tornadoes

How do tornadoes form?

Where do tornadoes form?

What damages are caused?

Vocabulary:

Rotating column

Tornado Alley

Land Speed

 
2. Exit Ticket:One Question I still have about today topic is...

2 Day 2 and 3: Brainstorm/Produce a Script

Activity: Creating

1. Have students use the information gathered/chart paper to begin writing a script.  Student’s script can take on ONE of the following forms:

  1. A weather report

  2. A Documentary

  3. An Interview

 

Student Instructions

Working in groups begin writing a script, using notes from the previous day, that depicts a live broadcast in your Natural Disaster.  *The script needs to take on ONE of the following forms:

  1. A weather report

  2. A Documentary

  3. An Interview

3 Day 3 and 4: Recording your Script

 


  1. Each group will be given an ipad to use to record their video.  Students will need to gather images to use for your video. Use http://www.photosforclass.com/ to gather images you wish to use. *Minimum of 12 images is required.

You can use the following:

  • The Camera App Video option

  • iMovie

  • Green Screen App

  • A mix of all three, record using camera app, put into imovie and have a portion of your video using Green Screen

 

B. Saving Images: Before you can begin recording, you need to have all images you wish to use in your recording, saved to the iPad camera roll.

To save an image to the camera roll, find the image you wish to use, hold your finger on the image and a pop-up will appear, select save image

 

C. Using the Camera Icon, Open the Camera app, slide the bar from camera to video. Use the video feature, record segments up to 45 seconds and stop. This will make it easier to upload your video segments. You can make as many segments as you need to.

D. Using iMovie, Open the iMovie app, Use this link as a guide for iMovie

E. Using Green Screen, use this link as a guide Using Green Screen Do Ink App

 

Saving your project:

 

Using the Camera App Option:

In the camera roll, you will go to the upload icon at the top right of the screen, select Google Drive and sign into one student’s google drive account. Once the video is finished uploading, go to the Google Drive app, find the upload video, select three dots next to the video file, select add people and add the names of the students in your group as well as your teacher and share.

 

Using the Green Screen Option:

Once editing your video is complete, Select SAVE.  Allow some time for your project to export. Once finished, select Save to Camera Roll.  (See Camera Roll option above to place video in Google Drive).

  Using the iMovie Option:

Go to the menu in iMovie where you see the movie you have created, tap on the movie, use the upload button and select to save to camera roll. Go to photos find the movie file and then use the upload icon select Google Drive and sign into one student’s google drive account. Once the video is finished uploading, go to the Google Drive app, find the upload video, select three dots next to the video file, select add people and add the names of the students in your group as well as your teacher and share.

 

 
Student Instructions
  1. You will need to gather images for your video. Use http://www.photosforclass.com/ to gather images you wish to use.  *Minimum of 12 images is required.

You can use the following:

  • The Camera App Video option

  • iMovie

  • Green Screen App

  • or...A mix of all three, record using camera app, put into imovie and have a portion of your video using Green Screen

 

Saving Images:

Before you can begin recording, you need to have all images you wish to use in your recording, saved to the iPad camera roll. To save an image to the camera roll find the image you wish to use, hold your finger on the image and a pop-up will appear, select save image

Use these directions to complete your project:

Using the Camera App Option:

In the camera roll, you will go to the upload icon at the top right of the screen, select Google Drive and sign into one student’s google drive account. Once the video is finished uploading, go to the Google Drive app, find the upload video, select three dots next to the video file, select add people and add the names of the students in your group as well as your teacher and share.

Using the Green Screen Option:

Once editing your video is complete, Select SAVE.  Allow some time for your project to export. Once finished, select Save to Camera Roll.  (See Camera Roll option above to place video in Google Drive).

Using the iMovie Option:

Go to the menu in iMovie where you see the movie you have created, tap on the movie, use the upload button and select to save to camera roll. Go to photos find the movie file and then use the upload icon select Google Drive and sign into one student’s google drive account. Once the video is finished uploading, go to the Google Drive app, find the upload video, select three dots next to the video file, select add people and add the names of the students in your group as well as your teacher and share.